Night Rally

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I would send out for assistance but there's someone on the signal wire
And the corporation logo is flashing on and off in the sky
They're putting all your names in the forbidden book
I know what they're doing but I don't want to look

You think they're so dumb, you think they're so funny
Wait until they've got you running to the
Night rally, night rally, night rally

Everybody's singing with their hand on their heart
About deeds done in the darkest hours
That's just the sort of catchy little melody
To get you singing in the showers

Oh, I know that I'm ungrateful
I've got it lying on a plate
And I'm not buying my share of souvenirs
You can stand to attention
You can pray to your uncle
Only get that chicken out of here
Everyone gets armbands and 3-D glasses
Some are in the back room
And they're taking those night classes

You think they're so dumb, you think they're so funny
Wait until they've got you running to the
Night rally, night rally, night rally

Night Rally
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 17, 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model, 1978 (not on original US release)
Singles(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea, 1978 (US/Canada)
CollectionsTaking Liberties, 1980
Girls Girls Girls, 1989 (cassette only)
SoundtracksAwaydays, 2009
Length2:43

First known performance:
July 21, 1977, Manchester, England
Last known performance:
November 7, 2016, New York, NY
     (37 known performances)


Alternate versions

Night Rally (Live 1977)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 7, 1977, London, England
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007
AlbumsMy Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition, 2007
Length2:34
This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea single(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea US 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Taking LibertiesTL album cover 200.jpg

Girls Girls GirlsGGG album cover 300.jpg

My Aim Is TrueMAIT UK initial album cover large.jpg

Covers

Tommy Keene performed live, 2003-03-27, Knitting Factory tribute, Los Angeles 2003 info
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube

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