20% Amnesia

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"What is your destiny?" the policewoman said
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The word that she wanted was "destination," I'm afraid
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This is your future boy, this is your fate
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And you're obsolete and they can't afford to educate you
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In his bed-time boot-boy jersey
Ringing up some fantasy tart
Give me strength or give me mercy
Life intimidates art

Give me strength or give me mercy
Don't let me lose heart
From rage to anaesthesia
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Were you passed out on the sofa?
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While justice was bartered by a drunken oaf?
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This is all your glorious country thinks of your life
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Strip-jack-naked with a Stanley knife
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So the German Queen went home again
But she couldn't find forgiveness
They made a fist of the hand of friendship
But it's only business

Give me strength or give me mercy
Don't let me lose heart
From rage to anaesthesia
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The wine you drink has never seen a grape
And now your sci-fi suit has lost its shape
But its a dangerous game that comedy plays
Sometimes it tells you the truth
Sometimes it delays it

Think back, think back if you still can
When the trumpet sounded and the world began
Somebody said "We must have won"
So they started burying the bogeyman

Mister Gorbachev came cap in hand
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From a bankrupt land to a bankrupt land
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Mister Gorbachev and some other fella
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Were taken to a show called "Cinderella"
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It wasn't an accident, it wasn't a mystery
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It was calculated and the rest is history
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You don't have to listen to me
That's the triumph of free will
When there are promises to break
And dreams to kill

Give me strength or give me mercy
Don't let me lose heart
From rage to anaesthesia
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20% Amnesia
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byMitchell Froom & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Steve Nieve - keyboards
RecordedDecember 1992, Pathway Studios & Church Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 8, 1994
AlbumsBrutal Youth, 1994
PromosWords And Music, 1994
Length3:24

First known performance:
May 8, 1994, Concord, CA
Last known performance:
September 30, 1994, Osaka, Japan
     (8 known performances)


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