Gangsters

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Bernie Rhodes knows, don't argue.

Why must you record my phone calls?
Are you planning a bootleg L.P?
Said you've been threatened by gangsters
Now it's you that’s threatening me.

Can't fight corruption with con tricks
They use the law to commit crime
I dread, dread to think what the future will bring
When we’re living in gangster times.

Don't call me Scarface!

Don't interrupt while I'm talking
Or they'll confiscate all your guitars.
A catch-22 says if I sing the truth
They won't make me an overnight star.

Don't offer us legal protection
They use the law to commit crime.
I dread to think what the future will bring
When we're living in real gangster times.

Bernie Rhodes knows, don't argue.

Gangsters (unreleased cover)
Written byJerry Dammers, Terry Hall, Horace Panter, Lynval Golding, John Bradbury, Neville Staple, Roddy Byers and Cecil Campbell
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions

Only known performance:
December 11, 1979, Montpellier, France
     (1 known performance)


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Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
The Specials  1979  single and US version of Specials AllmusicWikipedia

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