Peace In Our Time

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Out of the aeroplane stepped Chamberlain with a condemned man's stare
But we all cheered wildly, a photograph was taken,
As he waved a piece of paper in the air
Now the Disco Machine lives in Munich and we are all friends
And I slip on my Italian dancing shoes as the evening descends

And the bells take their toll once again in victory chime
And we can thank God that we've finally got peace in our time

There's a man going round taking names no matter who you claim to be
As innocent as babies, a mad dog with rabies, you're still a part of some conspiracy
Meanwhile there's a light over the ocean burning brighter than the sun
And a man sits alone in a bar and says "Oh God, what have we done?"

And the bells take their toll once again in victory chime
And we can thank God that we've finally got peace in our time

They're lighting a bonfire upon every hilltop in the land
Just another tiny island invaded when he's got the whole world in his hands
And the Heavyweight Champion fights in the International Propaganda Star Wars
There's already one spaceman in the White House what do you want another one for?

And the bells take their toll once again in victory chime
And we can thank God that we've finally got peace in our time

Peace In Our Time
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byThe Imposter
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar, anvil
Maurice Worm (a.k.a. Steve Nieve) - keyboards
Jim Paterson - trombone
see Goodbye Cruel World credits for possible additional musicians
RecordedFebruary 1984, SARM West Studios, London
ReleasedApril 1984
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World, 1984
SinglesPeace In Our Time, 1984
CollectionsSingles, Volume 3, 2003
Length4:08

First known performance:
November 13, 1983, Paris, France
Last known performance:
November 3, 2013, Northampton, MA
     (109 known performances)


Alternate versions

Peace In Our Time (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedDecember 1983, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 26, 2004
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Length3:29
Goodbye Cruel WorldGCW album cover large.jpg

Peace In Our Time singlePeace In Our Time UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Singles, Volume 3Singles Volume 3 album cover.jpg

Covers

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine Peace TogetherVarious Artists 1993 AllmusicAmazon
Patrik Tanner A Tribute To Elvis Costello 2004 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk

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