Neat Neat Neat

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Can a man be a mystery man?
Like a doll, like a baby doll
It can't be found not anyway
It can't be found no way at all
A distant man can't sympathise
He can't uphold his distant laws
Due to form on that today
I got a feeling then I hear this call

I said Neat, Neat, Neat - Can't afford no cannon
I said Neat, Neat, Neat - Can't afford a gun at all
Neat, Neat, Neat - She can't afford no cannon
I said, Neat, Neat, Neat - She got no name to call

No crime if there ain't no laws
No more cops left to mess you around
No more dreams of mystery chords
No more sight to bring you down
I got a crazy, I got a thought in my mind
My m-m-m-mind's on when she falls asleep
Feeling fine in her restless time
And these words upon me creep

I said Neat, Neat, Neat - Can't afford no cannon
I said Neat, Neat, Neat - Can't afford a gun at all
I said Neat, Neat, Neat - She can't afford no cannon
I said Neat, Neat, Neat - She got no name to call

Can a man be a mystery man?
Like a doll, like a baby doll
It can't be found not anyway
It can't be fun no way at all
A distant man can't sympathise
Can't uphold his distant laws
Due to form on that today
I got a feeling that I hear this call

I said Neat, Neat, Neat - Can't afford no cannon
I said, Neat, Neat, Neat - She got no name to call
I said Neat, Neat, Neat - She can't afford no cannon
Neat, Neat, Neat - She can't afford a gun at all
Neat, Neat, Neat - She got no name at all
I said, Neat, Neat, Neat - She can't afford no cannon
I said, Neat, Neat, Neat - She got no name to call

Neat Neat Neat (Live 1977)
Written byBrian James
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Davey Payne - saxophone
RecordedOctober 22, 1977, Leicester, England
ReleasedMarch 17, 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
This Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
SinglesStranger In The House, 1978 (bonus single with This Year's Model LP)
CollectionsSingles, Volume 1, 2003
Length3:16

First known performance:
October 22, 1977, Leicester, England
Last known performance:
December 7, 1977, Philadelphia, PA
     (2 known performances)


Stranger In The House singleStranger In The House UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

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Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg


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