Big Sister

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Sheep to the slaughter
Oh, this must be love
All your sons and daughters in a stranglehold with a kid glove
Eyes like saucers; oh, you think she's a dish
She is the blue chip that belongs to the big fish

Big sister will be watching over you
Sister see, sister do
She's got to save me
She's got you playing Russian Roulette

Sport of kings, the old queen's heart
The prince of darkness stole some tart
It's in the papers, it's in the charts
It's in the stop press before it all starts

With a hammer and a slap and tickle under grisly garments
With all the style and finesse of the purchase of armaments
Compassion went out of fashion, that's all your concern meant
Sweat it out for thirty seconds on home improvements

Big sister will be watching over you
Sister see, sister do
She's got to save me
She's got you playing Russian Roulette
She's got to save me
She's got you playing Russian Roulette

Big Sister
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Recorded1980, DJM Studios and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedOctober 3, 1981
AlbumsTrust (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1994
Trust (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
SinglesYou Little Fool, 1982
CollectionsOut Of Our Idiot, 1987 (CD only)
Singles, Volume 2, 2003
Various Artists collectionsNME Dancin' Master, 1981
Length2:15

First known performance:
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Alternate versions

Big Sister (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedJuly 1980, DJM Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 28, 2003
AlbumsTrust (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2003
Length5:04

see also: Big Sister's Clothes

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