Any King's Shilling

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You're a fine one, oh yes you are
You're a fine one just like me
And we're friends now, oh wouldn't you say?
We've been friends now, oh haven't we?
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good for you
I can't say more, it would be telling
For if you don't what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling

I will answer when they make that call,
Pull upon this ragged uniform
Up 'til now I know it's been your trade
Spit and polish the potato parade
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good for you
I can't say more, it would be telling
For if you don't what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling

Please don't put your silly head in that pretty soldier's hat
You've done your duty, that's enough of that

I don't know if what I'm doing is right
I don't know if you should be forgiving
But for me it seems it means my life
While for you it could just be a living
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good for you
I can't say more, it would be telling
For if you don't what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling

Please don't put your silly head in that British soldier's hat
You've done your duty that's enough of that

You're a fine one, oh yes you are
You're a fine one, just like me

Any King's Shilling
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello, Kevin Killen & T Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, acoustic guitar
Dónal Lunny - bouzouki
Christy Moore - bodhran
Frankie Gavin - fiddle
Steve Wickham - fiddle
Derek Bell - Irish harp, tiompan
Davy Spillane - Uilleann pipes, low whistle
Buell Niedlinger - double basses
Recorded1988, Southlake Studios, New Orleans & Ocean Way, Los Angeles
ReleasedFebruary 6, 1989
AlbumsSpike, 1989
Length6:04

First known performance:
January 22, 1987, London, England
Last known performance:
November 3, 2013, Northampton, MA
     (37 known performances, 2 as a snippet)


Spike1989 Spike Album.jpg

Covers

Roy Bailey Never Leave A Story Unsung 1991 AllmusicAmazon.uk

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