Pony St.

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She lives on Pony St.
And they should scatter flowers at her feet
But when they come calling I think it's appalling
They're sober and they're polite
They're deeply respectful when I would expect them
To keep her out all night

That little martinet
Will get her own way yet
If you need instruction in mindless destruction
I'll show you a thing or two
You used to adore me but now my life flashes before me
For you to view

Oh mother, oh mother, sometimes you are so mortifying
From the hole in your leopard skin tights I can tell you've been spying
But your generation confesses before it transgresses
Those Super-8 movies of Daddy in your disco dresses

If you're going out tonight
I won't wait up
Reading "Das Kapital"
Watching "Home Shopping Club"

While you're flogging a dead horse
All the way down Pony St.
Where you live after a fashion
All the way down Pony St.
The life and the soul of every indiscretion
That lives on, that lives on, that lives on Pony St.

Daughter, oh daughter, you know I will love you forever
But spare me the white ankle socks with the lace and the leather
For you and your cartoon threat do no good to resist me
For I am the genuine thing but for you it's just history

If you're going out tonight
How can you be sure
Where you lay your pretty head
Mother may have been before

So you're flogging a dead horse
All the way down Pony St.
Where you live after a fashion
All the way down Pony St.
The life and the soul of every indiscretion
That lives on
That lives on
That lives on
That lives on
That lives on
She lives on Pony St.
She lives on Pony St.
She lives on, she lives on
She lives on, she lives on

Pony St.
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byMitchell Froom & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Pete Thomas - drums
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Nick Lowe - bass
Recorded1993, Olympic Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 8, 1994
AlbumsBrutal Youth, 1994
PromosWords And Music, 1994
Malice And Magic (Japan), 1994
Length3:20

First known performance:
May 3, 1994, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Last known performance:
November 25, 2013, Wilkes-Barre, PA
     (68 known performances)


Alternate versions

Pony St. (Bonaparte Rooms Version)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Pete Thomas - drums
Nick Lowe - bass
Recorded1993, Pete Thomas' basement (The Bonaparte Rooms)
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2002
AlbumsBrutal Youth (Rhino reissue), 2002
Length3:34
Brutal YouthBY album cover large.jpg

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