Do You Know What I'm Saying?

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The past prima donna in buttons and bells
Is speaking what’s left of her mind as the audience rebels
Do you know what I’m saying?

Those intimate melodramatic farewells
At about twenty thousand or so decibels
Do you know what I’m saying?

The lights they were dimmed, the music by Strauss
She entered on roller-skates, fetchingly tousled
She danced like an ambulance, talked like a cartoon mouse
She took off her clothes and it brought down the house
Do you know what I’m saying?

Do you know what I’m saying?
Why don’t you come when I call?
Do you know what I’m saying?
Can you still hear me at all?

The male counterpart: stupid, brutal and rich
Lies under the arm of the world like an itch
Do you know what I’m saying?

Because he is such an attractive young lout
Putting words in his mouth and then trying them out
It doesn’t much matter what they are about
As long as he has something nasty to spout
Do you know what I’m saying?

Boys will be boys, blood must be spilt
And nothing like show-business was ever built
For letting your critical function wilt
Under the weight of your liberal guilt
Do you know what I’m saying?

Do you know what I’m saying?
Why don’t you come when I call?
Do you know what I’m saying?
Why can’t you hear me at all?

He’s the genuine voice of his unlovely state
And the first to complain when they start to investigate
Under his criminal past and his polythene skin
He’s blowing his lines with his cheeks sucked in
Do you know what I’m saying?

Hush, now he has something special to say
"Can you put your hands together this way?"
Do you know what I’m saying?

Do you know what I’m saying?
Why don’t you come when I call?
Do you know what I’m saying?
Can you still hear me at all?

Do You Know What I'm Saying?
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, bass, piano
Pete Thomas - drums
Recordedlate 1991 or early 1992, Pathway Studios, London
ReleasedApril 18, 1994
Singles13 Steps Lead Down, 1994 (7" & cassette single)
Sulky Girl, 1994 (Australia cassette single)
PromosClown Strike, 1994 (US promo)
Length4:58

First known performance:
April 12, 2012, Seattle, WA - four verses in a medley with All This Useless Beauty
     (2 known performances)


Wendy James version

Performed byWendy James
Produced byChris Kimsey
MusiciansWendy James - vocals
Pete Thomas - drums, percussion
Cass Lewis - bass
Neil Taylor - guitar
Andy Bown - organ
Jon Astley - piano
Ian Wilson - backing vocal
Steve Butler - backing vocal
AlbumsWendy James: Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears, 1993
SinglesWendy James: Do You Know What I'm Saying?, 1993
Length5:10
13 Steps Lead Down single13 Steps Lead Down UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Wendy James: Now Ain't The Time For Your TearsWendy James Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears album cover.jpg

Covers

Wendy James Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears 1993 AllmusicWikipediaAmazonAmazon.uk
Wendy James Do You Know What I'm Saying?  single 1993 Discogs

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