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Under Lime

It's a long way down from the high horse you're on
When you stumble and then you're thrown
And the last time we saw him he was out in the rain
Watching the train roll down the track
Now he's back in showbiz, trying to make a comeback

We know that he's desperate and we know that he's broke
He's the mystery guest we'll puncture
They told the young girl with the clipboard, "Just keep him amused"
"Whatever you do, don't tell him your name"
"Whatever you think, don't let him drink"
Under lime
Under lime
Under lime

He whistles out of tune
His words don't always rhyme
But we will be right back
We're almost out of time

Down a long corridor, he's trying to impress
He was helping a showgirl fasten up her dress
Then the clock on the wall tick-tocked the time away
When the band starts to play

In the violent strip of an undressing room
She loosened his grip and started
"Tell me your story, if you feel so inclined"
He was a mess, almost resigned
Though she could guess, I think you will find
She thought, "Oh, you know, I wouldn't mind"
He asked her boyfriend's name, then her whole family tree
She thought, "I can't believe, it's happening to me"

And upset, said, "Hey, pet,
Would you kindly pass that pill"
And allow me to just dictate my dying will
And the clock on the wall tick-tocked the time away
And the band starts to play

Jimmie is dreaming as she uncrossed her legs
He shuttered his eyes discreetly
And he thought of the drummer and considered his snare
But the beat of his heart said, "Don't even start"
His conscience was bare. It said, "Hey, don't even dare"
She's completely unaware

She forced a laugh or a sigh at every alibi
Once every crime was confessed he buttoned up his vest
Said, "Hey gal, you're a pal
You've really been a sport
And you don't get a record if you never get caught"
And the clock on the wall tick-tocked the time away
And the band starts to play

It's a long way down from that high horse you're on
It's a long way back as you cover your track
Or you bury your crime
Under lime
Under lime
Under lime
Under lime

It's a long way down from that high horse you're on
It's a long way back 'less you cover your track
Or you bury your crime
Under lime
Under lime
Under lime
Under lime

It's a long way down from the high horse you're on
It's a long way back as you cover your track
As you bury your crime
Under lime
Under lime
Under lime


Don't Look Now

Don't look now
Don't you dare
I'm not decent
Go sit over there
Would you rather I was draped
in priceless fur
As there's nothing else to wear

Don't look now
I saw you shoot that glance
I said "Don't peek
At the sway of my dance
And the length of my limb
And the blush of my cheek"

Okay, look at me now
What do you see?
I see you looking at me looking
at how you're looking at me

I know what you're thinking
I can read your mind
Oh I promise, I'll be good
this time

Now I wonder what you see
Will you be thinking of me
Later on, when you're alone
Are you ever alone and longing

I'll sit here
Silent and still
See if I am breaking your will
I see you looking at me looking
at how you're looking at me

Oh, don't look at me now...


Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter

She said, what is it that I've done that you want me to be punished
As she woke up one day to find that he had started to vanish
But if you overhear voices
Perhaps you should not be listening
Twitch the vigilant lace,
Make a sly, sour face,
Set the scandalous whispering

She's out on her own with the rest of her riches
As the kids paint him out of their refrigerator pictures
She picks up the bills
Pays off the babysitter
'Cause everybody knows
Burnt sugar is so bitter

Once there was a time
Before he turned strange
And she thought they would be together for more than a lifetime
Look at him now
My, how things have changed

He could tear the sweetheart out of any girl
On just a whim
And turn it from a candy to a caramel
Then make her hate the silly way she used to feel
And say, I know nothing about him

Now what's left of the birthday cake is very beautiful and frosted
An absent father picks up the phone to find the number's unlisted
And while the kids are distracted
They don't notice that she's nervous at all
But how long it will take
Not to make a mistake
When a gentleman comes to call

She's out on her own with rest of her riches
As the kids tear down their refrigerator pictures
They already know how a woman may advance
From a pretty picture hat to a supermarket trance
But if he's unkind then he might as well forget her
'Cause everybody knows
Burnt sugar is so bitter


Stripping Paper

I got time on my hands I'm just
stripping paper
It's amazing what you will find
Stripping paper
When you get down to the past

Back then we didn't have means
For fine decoration
So we painted while mixing wine
With flirtation

There, in the mess of it all
He took me right there in the thrill
Not quite against my will with my
back to that rococco wall
We slipped right down to the floor

I kicked closed the door
He complimented my taste
I annointed his serious face with
wallpaper paste
I wish we could laugh like that now
But what seemed to follow and
ended up hollow was our vow
Tear a strip or two
See what came not much later
Here's a pony and a toy balloon
Behind a vine that withered
all too soon
Here's the pencil of a
measuring mark
And a monster she spied in the dark
Now I've got no place in
her heart...
Let me go back to the start...

I got time on my hands I'm just
stripping paper
I got time on my hands I'm just
stripping paper
I got time on my hands I'm just
stripping paper


Unwanted Number

You should hear the things that they say about me
They're saying "She's no better than she needed to be"
They don't know that he was kind and strong and tender
And now I'll never be another Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number

How can I tell them?
How can I express?
How it felt to step out of this life and into his embrace
How can I tell them?
How can I explain?
All the love that I never had I found in him

There may be a stain on the family name
And if my father was here I think I know who he'd blame
Mama says that he just doesn't care to remember
And all he thinks of me is another Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number

How can I tell her?
How can I express?
How it felt when he came to my room
And helped me to undress
What can she tell me?
How can I believe
That she really didn't hear me cry
When he wouldn't leave?

There's a local game where they whisper my shame
They say "He gave her his child
He wouldn't give her his name"
They will torture me from January till September
And soon there's going to be another Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number

And I will give my love to another Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number

Soon there's going to be, soon there's going to be
Another, another, another Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number

Soon there's going to be, soon there's going to be
Another, another, another Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number
Unwanted Number
Soon there's going to be, soon there's going to be
Another, another, another Unwanted Number


I Let The Sun Go Down

Whenever I'm in the tightest corner
Whenever I feel forlorn
I think of the isle where
I was born
And the duty to which I've sworn
But I woke up in a nightmare
With a Union Jack and half
a crown
John Bull got caught with his
pants down, again
That's inviting sundown

It's time to do or die
It's time to say "Good-bye"
Cos I'm the man who lost the
British Empire
Yes I'm the one, I let the
sun go down

Don't let the shadows lengthen
and cover my good intentions
They say that darkness brings
the right time
But it's also time for tears
I'm so sorry and sincere
Ahead of me a brilliant career
Now I'm going nowhere

It's time to do or die
It's time to say "Good-bye"
Cos I'm the man who lost the
British Empire
Yes I'm the one I let the
sun go down

Stay awhile
Delay the night
I'm too young for twilight
They'd tell the sun to hesitate
That's when Britain was Great
Now that the lights are flickering
My pulse is quickening
All over the world the lamps
will dim
And never be seen again

The balloon's gone up
The night descends
As they lower the flag on
no-man's land
They'll take you down
a peg or two
This is the bitter end

I walk into darkness
It's time to do or die
It's time to say "Good-bye"
Cos I'm the man who lost the
British Empire
Yes I'm the one, I let the
sun go down
I let the sun go down
Don't let the sun go down
I let the sun go down


Mr. & Mrs. Hush

I tripped through a house
of mirrors
Distorted my suspicions and fears
(I heard a whisper)
There is a place where those
secrets begin
(They had a list)
I gave my name and they invited
me in
(But here's the twist)
A sign flickered and it started
to flash
"Welcome Mr. and Mrs. Hush"

Haven't you tired of that
darkness yet?
Didn't you cry your heart out?
It's only a dream.
What is it about love you
can't accept?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
To be
Mr. and Mrs. Hush

But it was something I just
couldn't understand
Until I slipped my finger into
the band
Just think what those eyes
might betray
Stare hard and now don't
look away

Haven't you tired of that
darkness yet?
Didn't you cry your heart out?
It's only a dream.
What is it about love you
can't accept?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
To be
Mr. and Mrs. Hush

I don't know if I'm deep down
right inside her heart
Or outside her door
I don't know if I have the key
to either
Uncertain if I should take
her hand or leave her

(I thought I saw her)
It's a game of blindfold and bluff
(I thought I saw her)
You know I love you
Is it ever enough?
(I thought I saw her)
Oh, what did I know
(I thought I saw her)
Heigh-ho and there you go
(I thought I saw her)
A voice that caresses and heels
like spurs
(I thought I saw her)
What if you walked in with some
other fella
(I thought I saw her)
Heat is rising
And red is the colour
(I thought I saw her)
Green is the colour of my true
love's eyes
(I thought I saw her)
And green is the colour of
those jealous disguises

Haven't you tired of that
darkness yet?
Didn't you cry your heart out?
It's only a dream.
What is it about love you
can't accept?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
To be
Mr. and Mrs. Hush


Photographs Can Lie

He was wired
Dynamite
And she was rare as treasure
That's not the kind of story
you deny

In a frame
Under glass
They'll always be together
And so in love
But photographs can lie

Now they say that I have the gaze
That must recall my father
Saying "He's my knight
My bright morning sun"
Now I am mourning everyone

See him now
Know he cheats
Why can't she see through him?
He used to be more valiant
than vain

Put him on
A pedestal
And it's a long way down there
I'll never be his little girl again

Now they say that I have the gaze
That must recall my father
Saying, "He's my knight
My bright morning sun"
Now I am mourning everyone

Someone else will look at me
And think he is my lover
Developing the image in
his eye
In a frame
Under glass
We'll always be together
And so in love
But photographs can lie


Dishonor The Stars

If you wake and chance to look
above you
There's one that I named to show how
much I love you
Hanging up high

Poets long have written and
have sung
Of moonlight and some
distant satellite
And when we're young we wish
upon them

Other men may only dream
to kiss you
But it's not a thrill like this
Put your lips a little closer to my
cheek then whisper, then speak
So, tell me if you know
How deep can this thing go?

Honey will still desire the flowers
And there will be a love like ours
Until the sky dishonours the stars

What in the world would all this
amount to?
If I can't tell you how much
I want you
On such a night the sky might
dishonour the stars
Disown and dishonour the stars

Poets long have written and
have sung
Of moonlight and some
distant satellite
And when we're young we wish
upon them

Other men may only dream
to kiss you
But it's not a thrill like this
Put your lips a little closer to my
cheek then whisper, then speak
So, tell me if you know
How deep can this thing go?

Honey will still desire the flowers
And there will be a love like ours
Until the sky dishonours the stars

What in the world would all this
amount to?
If I can't tell you how much
I want you
On such a night the sky might
dishonour the stars
Disown and dishonour the stars


Suspect My Tears

Do you remember how to say "Please"?
You've had your own way for such a long time
Your lashes sweep down, I dry your cheek
You think I'm powerless when you speak
You may have something,
I don't deny
You look so beautiful
when you cry
If I seem unconcerned
Perhaps it's time you learned

I'll cry until you suspect my tears
I'll cry until you suspect my tears
You're not the only one who can
turn it on
Where and when you need it

Do you remember how bad it felt?
Big eyes would fill up
Your lip would tremble
You want to hurt me but then
you melt
You always promise to lose control
I learned a trick that you used to play
I'm tired of you having it your own way
With the power to persuade
Beginning to cascade

I'll cry until you suspect my tears
I'll cry until you suspect my tears
You're not the only one who can
turn it on
Where and when you need it

If you hear me weeping
I may be cheating or just laughing inside
If you're suspicious that I'm sly and vicious
Here's your chance to decide
Two hypocrites collide

I'll cry until you suspect my tears
I'll cry until you suspect my tears
You're not the only one who can
turn it on
Where and when you need it
When you need it

I'll cry until you suspect my tears
I'll cry until you suspect my tears
You're not the only one who can
turn it on
Where and when you need it
When you need it

I'll cry until you suspect my tears
I'll cry until you suspect my tears
I'll cry until you suspect my tears
I'll cry until you suspect my tears


Why Won't Heaven Help Me?

I set off alarms and fire off flares
Cos sometimes they answer prayers
I'm listening
I wait for some distant bell to ring

Why won't heaven help me?
(Far, far away)
Why won't heaven help me?
(It's so hard to say)
Why won't heaven help me?

Hey you out there!
Even if you dare ...
Take care of your wishes
If you find they do come true

You may regret that too.
Why won't heaven help me?
Why won't heaven help me?

Remember the thrill that
followed praise
While dressed for a lover's gaze
The moment when
You saw through the lies of
older men

Why won't heaven help me?
(Far, far away)
Why won't heaven help me?
(It's so hard to say)
Why won't heaven help me?

Hey you out there!
Even if you dare ...
Take care of your wishes
If you find they do come true
You may regret that too

Why won't heaven help me?
(Why won't heaven)
Why won't heaven help me?
(Why won't heaven)
Why won't heaven help me?
(Why won't heaven)

I sensed this was wrong but
take my word
I thought somehow I'd be spared
Alone again
Believe what you want of me
'Til then

Why won't heaven help me?
(Far, far away)
Why won't heaven help me?
(It's so hard to say)
Why won't heaven help me?

Hey you out there!
Even if you dare ...
Take care of your wishes
If you find they do come true
You may regret that too

Why won't heaven help me?
(Why won't heaven)
Why won't heaven help me?
(Why won't heaven)
Why won't heaven help me?
(Why won't heaven)


He's Given Me Things

He’s given me things
You never would have
And if you did
You’d want them back

Forgiven me things
I didn’t know that
I had done but just
Faded to black

He’s given me time
and consolation
Some verses to read
And lines to say
I will stay here for a while now
He calls me “Child” now
But it works that way

He’s given me things
You couldn’t guess at
I don’t mean jewels
Although they were fine
A way to depart
One way to enter
A right to dismiss upon a whim

When I close the door and
you’re supposing
I kick up my heels and then
I scream
“Why was I chosen?”
You’ll never know
What I give to him

He’s given me things
You never thought of
Because they were not yours
to give
So take this pill
And tranquilize
And roll your eyes at
the husbands
Not the customers’ wives

He’s forgiven me trials and tears
and tantrums
And even all my false alarms
You sat there amused
While I was crying
And just seemed to sigh but
that’s what money can buy
And now I know why I come
back to him
And now I know why you’ll
never do

Who are you?
Out there with one penny
You are so many
And we are so few

So cover the canvas if
you’re leaving
There’s a bowl in the hallway
to wash your hands
If the water runs black
Please leave some silver
Then step past the glass and
never come back
I’m living up here
And you can see me
Yes, you can look
But you can’t touch

Cos you don’t belong, the air
is thin here
You may asphyxiate, my dear

For didn’t you tell me,
“You should hold me”
“Oh please, you must hold me
as if I were hung”
To think you were exciting,
when love was frightening
But I was so young

He’s given me things you never
dreamed of
Where hopes are dashed and
trash is prized
He has an awful lot of money
The past can be bought and
then erased.


Isabelle In Tears

Isabelle in tears
Isabelle is ringing
Saying "I need you near to me
but a telephone just isn't worth
the flinging."
"Like a book or that ashtray that
I aimed at your head
I'd rather see you dead"
But it's not as it appears
So I tripped up the stairs to find
Isabelle in tears

Isabelle remains Isabelle in tethers
Wears a flimsy negligee of
innocence and feathers
She says, "That's a good idea" as
she pours herself a shot
But she can't get the genius back
into the bottle
"After you're kind you'll find that
no-one cares"
So her lovers and her fears leave a
Isabelle in tears

And I left her standing out there
in the rain
Calling my name
As I pulled away pretending that
I'd never met her

You never know the thrill
Of the Isabelle of memory
They say she was a bombshell
who turned to an incendiary
'Til the whole town burned down
And returned into the earth
Can you admit your love?
Can you confess her worth?
That slant of time obscures
But on certain nights appears
Like Isabelle in tears


Adieu Paris (L'Envie Des Etoiles)

Adieu, Paris
Mon, ancien amour
Could I have loved you much less
Or wanted you more ?
O, Adieu…

Regarde la lumière
Et regarde ton regard
I looked in your eyes, so long
and hard
L’envie des étolies

L'écho de nos rires
Au milieu des débris
O, Adieu Paris
You've taken back all that
you'd given to me
O, Adieu...

Regarde la lumière
Et regarde ton regard
I looked in your eyes, so long
and hard
L’envie des étolies

Après la tristesse
Larmes sur la page
Après la douleur
Le premier cri de rage
Seulement silence
Alors étudie mon visage
Ce sera le dernier que vous
voyez de moi
Adieu, mes amis
L'envie des etoiles
So long, fare the well, mes amis
O, Adieu Paris

Regarde la lumière
Et regarde ton regard
I looked in your eyes, so long
and hard
L’envie des étolies
Adieu Paris
Mon ancien amour
O, Adieu

Regard la lumiere...
I looked in your eyes, so long
and hard
Adieu Paris, mon ancien amour
Adieu Paris, mon ancien amour
Adieu Paris, mon ancien amour
Adieu...


The Final Mrs. Curtain

He was a plain piece of paper
An ordinary smith
The kind that you never
trifle with
Drawn in wide-eyeliner
A solitary lass
Her beauty veiled by tortoiseshell
and tinted glass

She was a husband collector of
impeccable taste
She said “My hands are tied
but my glass is chaste”
He said, “If I were him, I’d fill
that to the brim, so tell me more”
‘Cos that’s the kind of talk
that I adore”

To lay with you
To lie with you
To live with you
Maybe die with you

As first love fades
Then two, then three
I’m certain to be
The Final Mrs. Curtain

There’s not enough paper
There’s not ink
There are not enough hours
Or poisons to drink
But there are too many
teardrops still left to cry
And different kinds of kisses to
help them dry

To lay with you
To lie with you
To live with you
Maybe die with you

As first love fades
Then two, then three
I’m certain to see
The Final Mrs. Curtain

To lay with you
To lie with you
To live with you
Maybe die with you
I’m the one who’ll hold you
‘til we’re through,
The Final Mrs. Curtain


You Shouldn't Look At Me That Way

Am I fine?
Am I pleasing?
Are you pitying?
Are you teasing?
You shouldn't look at me
You shouldn't look at me that way

Should a glance from you just shoot through me
If a glimpse of you could undo me
You shouldn't look at me
You shouldn't look at me that way

Time, among all your enemies,
Leaves you nothing but bitter memories
From the first blush of affection
To avoiding your reflection
You shouldn't look at me
You shouldn't look at me that way

Now the flashbulbs may dazzle
While you're figuring out this puzzle
You shouldn't look at me
You shouldn't look at me that way

Don't take more than I offer
No, my love, or I'll make you suffer
You shouldn't look at me
You shouldn't look at me that way

Time, among all of your enemies,
Makes disguises from drastic remedies
From the first brush with perfection
To avoiding your own reflection
You shouldn't look at me
You shouldn't look at me that way

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Look Now
Look Now album cover.jpg
studio album by
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Released2018
ProducerSebastian Krys & Elvis Costello
LabelConcord
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