Busy Bodies

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So you think that you have seen her
When you're lying in between her
And you tell me that you don't care
Busy bodies getting nowhere

Everybody's getting meaner
Busy bodies
Caught in the concertina

You check her outline
Break her regulations
You watch her legs through several
Service stations

Busy bodies
Very busy
Getting nowhere
Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere

Now you're ready for the merger
With the company you're part of
And you do the dirty business
With your latest sleeping partner

You're becoming
Automatic
Busy bodies
Out playing with the traffic

You want attention
You try my patience
With the best intentions you are nothing but a nuisance

Busy bodies
Busy busy
Getting nowhere
Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere

Now you've given your performance
Though the matinee was idle
And you find out that a wave of her right hand
Could seem so tidal

Just a second
Satisfaction
Busy bodies
Temporarily out of action

You wash and brush up
You want to dress up
You want to kiss her
But she's busy with her makeup

Busy bodies
Very busy
Getting nowhere
Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere
Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere

Busy Bodies
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust-September 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1979
AlbumsArmed Forces, 1979
Collections2½ Years, 1993
Length3:33

First known performance:
May 30, 1978, Santa Monica, CA
Last known performance:
February 14, 1979, Long Beach, CA
     (10 known performances)


Alternate versions

Busy Bodies (Alternate Version)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedOctober 28, 2002
AlbumsArmed Forces (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
PromosSelections From Armed Forces - Imperial Bedroom - Mighty Like A Rose, 2002
Length3:47
Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rykodisc album cover.jpg

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rhino album cover.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

Covers

Matt Brown Live performance uploaded to YouTube 2013 BandCamp YouTube
Fastball Almost You: The Songs Of Elvis Costello 2003 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2014 YouTube
Trinket performed live, 2003-03-27, Knitting Factory tribute, Los Angeles 2003 info

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