Party Party

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We're gonna drink enough tonight to drown the average army
By New Year's Day the next door neighbour will be goin' barmy
The milkman arrives at midday with his usual wisecrack
He knows a girl with Wednesday legs, When's dey gonna snap?

Why does everybody have to be so hale and hearty
Can't they see we're tryin' to have a party party party party

The last thing I remember I was talkin' to some fellas date
She said she'd have a word for me with her good-looking mate
And handed me a pint-pot filled with Advocaat and Tizer
And I woke up in the flowerbeds of fear and fertilizer


So shift yourself and shake your bod
You got bullet proof insurance from fire, flood and Act of God
You got to learn from your mistakes
When you got a face like last week's Cornflakes

The doors and the window frames are by Pablo Picasso
The party decorations owned by Michelangelo
The fine music that you hear is by Stravinsky
With overall design by Leonardo daVinci


Two boys are upstairs in your bed
Three girls are downstairs crying
The Alka Seltzer in the glass is roaring like a lion
You think you've aged ten years tonight and still never been kissed
So you overdose on aftershave and try to slash your wrist

Chorus and fade

Lyric notes

  • Advocaat is a Dutch drink, sometimes described as the "Dutch Eggnog".
  • Tizer is a red soft drink from the United Kingdom.
Party Party
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions with The Royal Guard Horns
Produced byElvis Costello & Colin Fairley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Gary Barnacle - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
Annie Whitehead - trombone
Recorded1982, unknown studio
ReleasedDecember 3, 1982
SinglesParty Party, 1982
CollectionsSingles, Volume 2, 2003
SoundtracksParty Party, 1982

First known performance:
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Elastic No-No Band Every Elvis Has His Army: ENB Does EC 2005 website with download

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