Betrayal

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When England was the whore of the world
Margaret was her madam
And the future looked as bright and as clear
As the black tarmacadam

Well I hope that you sleep well at night
Don't be haunted by every last detail
'Cos when you held the lovely face in your hand
All you thought of was betrayal

Well I bet you thought that you let the rot in
But she told me it felt like violence
And you'll never know as much of her as I've forgotten
And when you speak your mind that there is silence

Well I hope that you sleep well at night
Don't be haunted by every last detail
'Cos when you held the lovely face in your hand
All you thought of was betrayal

All you thought of was betrayal
And how you alone deserved the best
All you thought of was betrayal
Because of all your selfishness

Now Margaret is the whore in this world
And England pays her money
For turning the land of tripe and onions
Into the land of milk and honey

Well I hope that you sleep well at night
Don't be haunted by every last detail
'Cos when you held the lovely face in your hand
All you thought of was betrayal

'Cos when you held the lovely face in your hand
All you thought of was betrayal
'Cos when you held the lovely face in your hand
All you thought of was betrayal

Betrayal
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byThe Costello Show (featuring The Attractions)
Produced byJ. Henry (T-Bone) Burnett & Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus with Larry Kalman Hirsch
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 21, 1985, Ocean Way, Los Angeles
ReleasedApril 25, 2005
AlbumsKing Of America (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2005
Length2:22

First known performance:
March 9, 1985, London, England
Last known performance:
June 25, 1985, Melbourne, Australia
     (6 known performances)


see also: Tramp The Dirt Down

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