Oliver's Army

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Don't start me talking
I could talk all night
My mind goes sleepwalking
While I'm putting the world to right

Called careers information
Have you got yourself an occupation?

Oliver's army is here to stay
Oliver's army are on their way
And I would rather be anywhere else
But here today

There was a checkpoint Charlie
He didn't crack a smile
But it's no laughing party
When you've been on the murder mile

Only takes one itchy trigger
One more widow, one less white nigger


Hong Kong is up for grabs
London is full of Arabs
We could be in Palestine
Overrun by a Chinese line
With the boys from the Mersey and the Thames and the Tyne

But there's no danger
It's a professional career
Though it could be arranged
With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear

If you're out of luck or out of work
We could send you to Johannesburg


Oliver's Army
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust-September 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1979
AlbumsArmed Forces, 1979
SinglesOliver's Army, 1979
Green Shirt, 1985
CollectionsThe Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello), 1985
Girls Girls Girls, 1989
2½ Years, 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999
Singles, Volume 1, 2003
The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years, 2007
Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album, 2015
Various Artists collectionsFormula Thirty 2, 1986
Counting The Beat, 1991
The Sound Of The Suburbs, 1991, 1997
Rock & Wave Vol. 1: The Hits From The Underground, 1992
Back To The 70's, 1993
Sounds Of The Seventies, 1994
Sounds Of The 70's (Castle), 1994
Festival Rock, 1994
Drivetime 3, 1995
Lo Mejor de Los 80 Volumen 2, 1995
The Number One Punk Album, 1996
Fantastic 70s!, 1998
Rock Anthems Vol. 2, 1998
Classic Rock 1975-1979, 1998
The Best Seventies Album In The World ...Ever! II, 1999
Ten Years Of Rock: FLEADH, 1999
Music Of The Millennium CD 2, 2000
Pop & Wave By Public, 1999
Sounds Of The 70's, 1999
New Wave Greats 1976 - 1983, 1999
Mersey Boys & Liverpool Girls: The Sounds From The Mersey 1978-2001, 2001
Songs for the Aussie Bloke Vol. 2, 2001
Decades: Story Of The 60's, 70's & 80's, 2001
SchoolDisco.com - Spring Term, 2002
To Be Someone, 2002
Best Of British: 50 Golden Years Of British Popular Music, 2002
Capital Gold Rock Legends, 2002
SchoolDisco.com: The Revision Guide, 2002
Elite Rock, 2002
Rock Sessions, 2002
Smile - Acoustic Happy Music, 2003
Virgin Radio: The Album, 2004
British Legends, 2004
Pop Goes The 70's, 2005
Capital Gold: Platinum Legends, 2005
Dad Rocks!, 2005
Shouting From The Streets: Songs Of Protest, 2007
7 Inch Heroes, 2007
PromosTimothy White's Rock Stars, 1989
2½ Years (In 31 Minutes), 1993
The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (Spain promo), 1999
UK Elvis Costello, 2002
Selections From Armed Forces - Imperial Bedroom - Mighty Like A Rose, 2002
Virgin Radio Sessions: Exclusive Soundcheck Panel Volume 7, 2004 -
VideosThe Best Of The Kenny Everett Video Show, 1981 - -
The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos

First known performance:
April 16, 1978, London, England
Last known performance:
     (711 known performances)

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rykodisc album cover.jpg

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rhino album cover.jpg

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The Best Of Elvis Costello & The AttractionsBOEC album cover 200.jpg

The Man (The Best Of Elvis Costello)TMBOEC album cover 170.jpg

Single: Green ShirtGreen Shirt UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Girls Girls GirlsGGG album cover 300.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1994The Very Best Of Elvis Costello And The Attractions album cover.jpg

The Very Best Of Elvis Costello, 1999The Very Best Of Elvis Costello (2CD) album cover.jpg

Singles, Volume 1Singles Volume 1 album cover.jpg

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The VideosTRS dvd cover.jpg

The Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 YearsThe Best Of Elvis Costello The First 10 Years album cover.jpg

Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack AlbumUnfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album album cover.jpg


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