No Flag

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I've got no religion
I've got no philosophy
I've got a head full of ideas and words that don't seem to belong to me
You may be joking but I don't get the gag
I sense no future but time seems to drag

No time for this kind of love
No flag waving high above
No sign for the dark place that I live
No God for the damn that I don't give

I've got no illusions
I've had no epiphany
Why should anybody listen to me
She said I'm tearing up the sheets that your love letters stained
All of your magic powers have drained

No time for this kind of love
No flag waving high above
No sign for the dark place that I live
No God for the damn that I don't give

There's a line in the sand
A word or two in the aftermath
I'm an arrow that shoots up and down on an advertising graph
I could write you verses and recite more than one
But they're not worth the paper that they're written on

No time for this kind of love
No flag waving high above
No sign for the dark place that I live
No God for the damn that I don't give

We want everything and we don't want to share
Out-o space for the faces we fear
Look in the mirror and see who I used to be
Made out of plastic in a factory

No flag
No flag

No Flag
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - mouth, drum, Fender Jazzmaster, Hammond organ & Fender Jazz bass
RecordedFebruary 2020, Suomenlinnan Studio, Helsinki, Finland
ReleasedJune 5, 2020 (download/stream)
October 30, 2020 (album)
AlbumsHey Clockface, 2020
Singlesdownload/stream, 2020
Length3:56

First known performance:
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Recording credits

  • "No Flag" was recorded by Eetu Seppälä - assisted by Tim Mikkkola - in Helsinki and mixed by Sebastian Krys in Los Angeles.

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