From The Elvis Costello Wiki
I thought I'd write to Juliet, for she would understand
And when someone is already dead they can no longer let you down
Instead I find myself talking to you, as my oldest friend
Tell me how I can advise someone that I don't even know to welcome death?
For I received a letter that is worth reporting
And though it may raise a cynical smile, it leaves a sinking feeling
Like when a soldier in a story says to the sergeant
"Have you seen my pride and joy?..."
You know the rest, and it's no joke
Forgive me please as I quote...
"This is a letter of thanks, as I'm so bored here in I can't say where
So I'm writing to people that I may never meet
And I was thinking of something you said..."
"I'm a female soldier, my name is Constance
I enlisted in the military, needing funds for college
I'm twenty-three years old and if I do get home alive
I imagine I may think again..."
"I'm sleeping with my eyes open for fear of attack
Your words are a comfort, they're the best things that I have
Apart from family pictures and, of course, my gas mask
I don't know why I am writing to you"
|| Sol String Quartet and Paul Villaluz
|| performed live, 6 December 2008, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas
|| YouTube • Las Vegas Sun review