One Bell Ringing

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Raining slapping on the window pane
An hour or more of teeming
Storm punching like a hurricane
That tore him out of dreaming

Air screaming through the slightest gap
Rattling between the frame and the sill
Drapes hanging from the final act
When I had you still

One lonely bird is singing
Lower the hood hung of his lament
Dash him down on cold cement
One Bell Ringing

Flies buzzing round strip search light
They've got him down on his knees
He thinks of honey dripping from a spoon
Girls whispering in Portuguese

Between muzzle and the black site
Electrical contact
Deny your name and then carry the blame
Somewhat after the fact

One lonely bird is singing
Lower the hood hung on that last lament
Dash him down on cold cement
One Bell Ringing

The London Underground – 22nd of July, 2005

One Bell Ringing
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byT Bone Burnett
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, Martin acoustic (1914) and National electric guitars
Dennis Crouch - double bass
Darrell Leonard - bass trumpet
Tom Peterson - alto flute, bass clarinet
Horns arranged by Elvis Costello
AlbumsNational Ransom, 2010
Length3:37

First known performance:
April 23, 2009, London, England
Last known performance:
July 22, 2015, Maryland Heights, MO
     (51 known performances)


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