I was tuning in the shine on the light night dial doing anything my radio advised
With every one of those late night stations playing songs bringing tears to me eyes
I was seriously thinking about hiding the receiver when the switch broke 'cause it's old
They're saying things that I can hardly believe, they really think we're getting out of control
Radio is a sound salvation
Radio is cleaning up the nation
They say you better listen to the voice of reason
But they don't give you any choice
'cause they think that it's treason.
So you had better do as you are told.
You better listen to the radio.
I wanna bite the hand that feeds me.
I wanna bite that hand so badly.
I want to make them wish they'd never seen me.
Some of my friends sit around every evening and they worry about the times ahead
But everybody else is overwhelmed by indifference and the promise of an early bed
You either shut up or get cut out, they don't wanna hear about it, it's only inches on the reel-to-reel.
And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools tryin' to anaesthetise the way that you feel
|Written by||Elvis Costello|
|Performed by||Elvis Costello & The Attractions|
|Produced by||Nick Lowe|
|Musicians||Elvis Costello - vocals, guitar|
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
|Recorded||November 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London|
|Albums||This Year's Model, 1978 (US version, most reissues)|
|Singles||Radio, Radio, 1978|
|Collections||Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers, 1980|
The Best Of Elvis Costello & The Attractions, 1985
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
|Various Artists collections||Action Replay, 1978|
The Main Event, 1979
Sounds Of The Seventies - Punk And New Wave, 1993
Sexo, Drogas Y Rock 'n' Roll, 1993
No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion, 2003
|Promos||Our Aim Is True, 1978|
Now See Them Live, 1978
UK Elvis Costello (2006), 2006
|Videos||The Right Spectacle: The Very Best Of Elvis Costello - The Videos, 2005|