All These Strangers

From The Elvis Costello Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

"Mistreat me darling and I might just disappear"
Upon freighter running dark out of Algiers
Put tiny grains in children's tears
While taking 25% of all the flashbulbs and mementoes
From the mechanized divisions rolling over your frontiers

I saw my baby talking to a man today
Speaking softly in a confidential way
I saw a shadow pull his glove off
As a bluebird flew over
Life's is no pleasure
When you doubt the one you love

Who Are All These Strangers?

I never will go back again
Go back into the past
The flood is rising fast
You can break your window and look down
Into a muddy glass
It's mirror or lens to burn…

There was a deal done in Benghazi and Belgrade...
Upon a scimitar or other crooked blade
Ransacks and loots, vacated suits
And a pistol points but never shoots, an army sitting in a locomotive yard without their boots

Upstairs your man is painting rain out in the street
Imagines women that he's destined still to meet
He's trying a sidetrack one to count on
Caught somewhere between countess or a courtesan
And it's only love to feign and then it's gone

Who Are All These Strangers?

He's a privateer as dusk gets near
A brigand after dark, his victim lined with chalk
A corsair, filled with horsehair to the core
Dashed on your eyes of Adamantine, you despised his stripling whine

That little smudger and the mouthpiece that he's with
Using his clause just like a practised fingersmith
I dreamed I took his digit prints
And then sewed then on a villain's hands
Watched him ransom and demand
Until called the flatfoots in

I never will go back again
Go back into the past
For the flood is rising fast
You can break your window and look down
Into a muddy glass
It's a mirror or lens to burn…

Who Are All These Strangers?

All These Strangers

Sat upon on a narrow bed
I thought about the things she said

All These Strangers

How I wished the night would end
So tried to stop the days ahead
I'd carve her name down in the wood
Some small remembrance if I could

On a narrow bed. At the last moment.

All These Strangers
Words byElvis Costello & T Bone Burnett
Music byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byT Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - lead vocal, Martin D-18 acoustic guitar (1947)
Dennis Crouch - double bass
Mike Compton - mandolin
Jerry Douglas - lap steel
Stuart Duncan - fiddle
Jeff Taylor - accordion
Jim Lauderdale - harmony vocal
AlbumsNational Ransom, 2010

First known performance:
July 18, 2010, Tivoli, Italy
Last known performance:
July 11, 2016, Liverpool, England
     (23 known performances)

National RansomNational Ransom album cover.jpg


no known covers

Internal links

External links