Elvis Costello's language — English at a guess — is sometimes so dense and riddle-ridden that any lyrical messages are sometimes muddled by the metaphors he uses to convey himself. But sometimes, well sometimes he just seems to have a way with words: "Think you're young and original? / Get out before they get to watch your step."
Snuck out by his American label Columbia to capitalise on the interest shown in the song after Costello's performance on Tom Snyder's west coast television chat show, "Watch Your Step" is a far more inspired single choice than its current British counterpart "From A Whisper To A Scream" as the latter's failure to dent even the Top 75 would seem to prove. For a song which was written over five years ago, "Watch Your Step" is still uncannily pertinent.