Jimmie Standing In The Rain

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Third-Class ticket in his pocket
Punching out the shadows underneath the sockets
Tweed coat turned up against the fog

Slow coaches rolling o'er the moor
Between the very memory
And approaches of war

Stale bread curling on a luncheon counter
Loose change lonely, not the right amount

Forgotten Man of an indifferent nation
Waiting on a platform at a Lancashire station
Somebody's calling you again
The sky is falling
Jimmie's standing in the rain

Nobody wants to buy a counterfeited prairie lullaby in a colliery town
A hip flask and fumbled skein with some stagedoor Josephine is all he'll get now
Eyes going in and out of focus
Mild and bitter from tuberculosis

Forgotten Man
Indifferent nation
Waiting on a platform at a Lancashire station
Somebody's calling you again
The sky is falling
Jimmie's standing in the rain

Her soft breath was gentle on his neck
If he could choose the time to die
Then he would come and go like this
Underneath a painted sky

She woke up and called him "Charlie" by mistake
And then in shame began to cry
Tarnished silver band peals off a phrase
And then warms their hands around the brazier

Forgotten Man
Indifferent nation
Waiting on a platform at a Lancashire station
Somebody's calling you again
It's finally dawning
Jimmie's standing in the rain

Brilliantine glistening
Your soft plaintive whistling
And your wan wandering smile

Died down at The Hippodrome
Now you're walking off to jeers, the lonely sound of jingling spurs, the "toodle-oos" and "Oh, my dears" down at "The Argyle"

Vile vaudevillians applaud sobriety
There's no place for a half-cut cowboy in polite society

Forgotten Man
Indifferent nation
Waiting on a platform at a Lancashire station
Somebody's calling you again
It's finally dawning
Jimmie's standing in the rain

Accrington - 1937

Jimmie Standing In The Rain
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byT Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, Gibson L-00 acoustic guitar (1937)
Dennis Crouch - double bass
Mike Compton - mandolin
Stuart Duncan - fiddle
Jeff Taylor - piano
Steve Nieve - celeste
Marc Ribot - electric guitar
Darrell Leonard - trumpet
AlbumsNational Ransom, 2010
CollectionsUnfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album, 2015
Length4:15

First known performance:
February 4, 2010, A Prairie Home Companion
Last known performance:
October 22, 2017, Austin, TX
     (322 known performances)


Alternate versions

Jimmie Standing In The Rain (Live 2010)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Additional musicians unknown, but likely include The Secret Sisters, Punch Brothers and Karen Elson
RecordedOctober 20, 2010
ReleasedOctober 18, 2011
Various Artists collectionsThe Speaking Clock Revue: Live From The Beacon Theatre, 2010
Length5:56

National RansomNational Ransom album cover.jpg

The Speaking Clock Revue: Live From The Beacon TheatreThe Speaking Clock Revue - Live From The Beacon Theatre album cover.jpg

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack AlbumUnfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album album cover.jpg

Covers

Punch Brothers performed live, 2011-06-19, Telluride, CO. 2011 YouTube

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