London's Brilliant

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I didn’t want to be some satellite clown
So I went up to London ‘cos I heard it’s falling down
Found the Denis the Menace of Little Venice
Still digging up the bones of Strummer and Jones
Revolutionary days were sadly over
And a cool profile down Ladbroke Grove
Won’t make it no more
You could wake up in a doorway

London’s brilliant when it’s raining
Everybody’s moaning and complaining
London’s dismal and divine
And I know one day, one day... (one day, one day, one day)
It’s going to be...

Mine eyes have seen the gory faces of those bitter men and their bawdy talk
And that’s not all
Every night before I close my eyes
I said a prayer to my desires
Hung up on a poster on the wall
Don’t let me grow up to fail and fall
If I must grow up at all

Well the nights got chilly and he swore he’d love me silly
But he couldn’t raise a spark in the dark in Hyde Park
With a bite and a bark, he tried to make his mark
Now he’s selling his willy somewhere in Piccadilly
He said I could be a little Madam in Mayfair
But I’d rather wake up in a doorway somewhere
‘Cos in the long run
I’ll probably be someone

London’s brilliant when it’s raining
Everybody’s moaning and complaining
London’s dismal and divine
And I know one day, one day it’s going to be...
One day, one day, one day it’s going to be...
One day, one day, one day it’s going to be...

London’s brilliant



Alternate lyrics

Alternate lyrics from Now Ain't The Time For Your Tears:

Well the nights got chilly and he swore he’d love me silly
But he couldn’t raise a spark in the dark in Hyde Park
With a bite and a bark, he tried to make his mark
Now he’s getting fucked silly somewhere in Piccadilly

London's Brilliant
Written byElvis Costello & Cait O'Riordan
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, bass, piano
Pete Thomas - drums
Recordedlate 1991 or early 1992, Pathway Studios, London
ReleasedNovember 14, 1994
SinglesLondon's Brilliant Parade, 1994 (12" & cassette single)
Length2:15

First known performance:
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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: London's Brilliant, 1993 [1]
Length2:23
London's Brilliant Parade singleLondon's Brilliant Parade (Part 2) UK CD single.jpg

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

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