Cinco Minutos Con Vos

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I stood at the kerb trying not to disturb
The dark carnival crew and a glittering voice
Far off there said, "Rejoice"
"As the casualties are but few"

Going to tell you now
Before I forget myself
I could let you loose
But the key won't undo the lock
And the face of the clock
Seemed to merrily mock
These five minutes with you

Mi padre sabía
Y me lo susurro
Vete a Montevideo y espérame ahí
Por dónde empezar?
Escuchando siempre están
Por cinco minutos o mas
Si te atreves

La sirenas lamentan
La plaga que encuentran
Las balas caen
Y te harán desaparecer
El faro oscurece hay poca esperanza
Cinco minutos con vos

English Version:
My father would know
So he whispered it low
"Go to Montevideo and wait for me there"
How can I begin?
They're always listening in
For five minutes or more if you dare

Now the sirens wail
There is a fever in the winding sheets
And the bullets hail
And they pull you right off the streets
Our chances are slim but the searchlights will dim in five minutes for you

The propeller was droning, I woke up alone
They opened the door and they threw me through
And down I went down, like the twist of a screw
Down into the silver, above me the blue
And you stood there waiting but you never knew
Five Minutes With You

They can scatter the earth and find nothing of worth
Wipe out those years of triangular tears
The colours will fly
And the wild wind will cry I'm strapped to that mast
Knowing they wouldn't last for
Five Minutes With You



Alternate lyrics

From the remix on Wise Up: Thought

Cinco minutos con vos

It's ugly, it's ugly not
Honey in the rock, money in the pot
As it begins to simmer down thickening the plot
It's hard to say if anyone was listening or not
Look at you and me and the devil
Three's company
I'ma be below sea level
Please come for me
Loving you is where it's at
Look what you've done for me
If I told you you'd feel high then you'd jump for me right
You catch more flies with sugar than you do with shit
A wise woman told me while clutching her crucifix
I don't really have an excuse for this elusiveness
I stole a moment of truth
Mutual exclusiveness like water and grease
Warfare and peace
To crave sweet revenge and find sweet release
In the thrill of a victory agony of defeat
The man that I was meant to be is passing me in the street
The dark horse marched forth going further off course
Never mind I lost mine when you lost yours
One life one death which will cost more
Crawling on the parquet floor doing parkour
To be alarmed by the sounds of the foghorn
What I need is closure I'm getting my epilogue on
You're Mississippi god damned but I'm dog goned
You never miss a good thing until it's long gone
Brandishing the heater
Suddenly I had this urge to reemerge
Just to brush away the ashes
Passive aggression aggressively passive
Loading my weapon while I'm checking for your address
Crucible crazy what the temperature can do to you
Five minutes left until the last dance
Beautiful

Cinco minutos con vos

I stood at the kerb trying not to disturb
The dark carnival crew and a glittering voice
Far off there said, "Rejoice"
"As the casualties are but few"
Going to tell you now
Before I forget myself
I could let you loose
But the key won't undo the lock
And the face of the clock
Seemed to merrily mock
These five minutes with you

And when the clock strikes time comes to life
The slightest oversight cuts like a knife
Against my better judgment I had sacrificed
The very last chance encounter with my future wife
Searching for the love of Christ
Purchasing the merchandise
Lurching through the curtains trying to hide what I was hurting like
Pretty certain that some person's gotta die tonight
And that there is no hiding the truth in the guiding light
No confidential info
Me llamo Pensamiento
Who you call the angel of death is like my only kinfolk
My heavy bleeding heart is adding injury to insult
And I would gladly kill for just a five minute intro
Oh the felonious conduct of his holiness
Courting lil homie is less than ceremonious
Orchids begonias eyes like Appolonia's
Looking like she'd just seen a ghost like Pretty Tony is
Miserable invisible bully like the Gooch
Better be continually and fully sniper proof
A hunter with a gun in his hoodie likes to shoot
For a moment I just sat by the door like the spook watching time tick
Counting down like a convict
Wishing that my trigger finger was non responsive
Or that the overcoat that I donned was non stick
Or that my mental wasn't this far beyond sick
Brandishing the heater suddenly I had this fever
Was it me or either some sort of madness
Napoleon complex his royal badness
Loading my weapon while I'm checking for your address
Stupido half man half marsupial
Blood splattered cashmere afghan
Beautiful

Five minutes with you

Cinco Minutos Con Vos
Written byElvis Costello, Ahmir Thompson and Steven Mandel
Performed byElvis Costello and The Roots with La Marisoul
Produced byElvis Costello, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Steven Mandel
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, wah-wah guitar
La Marisoul - vocals
Ray Angry - keys
James Poyser - keys
Kirk Douglas - electric guitar, guitar
Mark Kelley - bass
?uestlove - drums
Frank Knuckles - percussion
Matt Cappy - trumpet, flugelhorn
Korey Riker - saxophones
AlbumsWise Up Ghost, 2013
CollectionsUnfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album, 2015
Length5:01

First known performance:
September 16, 2013, New York, NY
Last known performance:
March 20, 2017, Sheffield, England
     (30 known performances)


Alternate versions

Cinco Minutos Con Vos (Karriem Riggins Remix Featuring Black Thought)
Written byElvis Costello, Ahmir Thompson, Steven Mandel and Tariq Trotter
Performed byElvis Costello and The Roots
Remix Produced byKarriem Riggins
AlbumsWise Up: Thought, 2013
Length4:09

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