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Dressed up like a dog's dinner
Butter wouldn't melt on your paws
If this is a dog's life
Then you're the cat's clothes
They hire out your sons
And hire out your daughters
The man from abroad says he's already bought her
And now you look like a lover but you're only a tourist

You're either talking or yawning
You didn't listen to a thing you heard
Don't start your morning moaning or you might wake up in Luxembourg

You get up, you get over
You're worried about her body
She's worryin' about her bodily odour
You pull off
The pull over
You say that you love her when you really loathe her
Serves you right, now she wants you to feed her and clothe her


They're smiling sweetly while they're looking daggers
Kick you where it really matters
Send all your friends to Coventry
And look for your name in last night's obituaries

If you've got the Deutschmarks
If you've got the Yen, then
You get the shirt off her back and the clock off Big Ben
Somebody's soft touch
Struck all these bargains
In the drinking clubs with the council men
Making plans to put lead back in their pencils again


Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Recorded1980, DJM Studios and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 1981
AlbumsTrust, 1981
SinglesFrom A Whisper To A Scream, 1981
Watch Your Step, 1981
CollectionsSingles, Volume 2, 2003

First known performance:
September 29, 1980, London, England
Last known performance:
July 16, 2013, Luxembourg
     (33 known performances)

“The rowdiest but slightest cut on the record, "Luxembourg", had its origins in an R'n'B number, "Seven O'Clock", written for Canvey Island’s finest, Dr. Feelgood. The final draft of the lyrics picked the hapless dukedom as an object of scorn, but only after the original, equally wordy text had been rejected by Dr. Feelgood’s frontman, Lee Brilleaux, after one perusal, with the immortal line: "What’s this then, fucking Shakespeare?"” Liner notes, Trust (2003 Rhino/Edsel edition)

TrustTrust album cover.jpg

From A Whisper To A Scream singleFrom A Whisper To A Scream UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Watch Your Step singleWatch Your Step US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Singles, Volume 2Singles Volume 2 album cover.jpg


John Easdale And Friends performed live, 2003-03-27, Knitting Factory tribute, Los Angeles 2003 info
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2016 YouTube

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