Room With No Number

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Picture a hotel room
Clothes scattered across the floor
Covers pulled back from the pillow
A sign hung on the door
Two lovers locked up tight
Through the endless days and nights
Hiding something they can't show
Something no one else must know

Chorus:
There's a room without a number
While the sign outside says there's no vacancy
As you take your key, they smile at you so understandingly

She cried out in the night
Woke the porter from his sleep
He grinned slyly to himself
As he went to fetch his keys
Look what love has brought them to
This terrible nightmare
His or hers, he could not tell
As they were sleeping there

(Chorus)

And I wish you could be
The man he was before he was me

A girl arrived at first light
And enquired if they'd been seen
And why the numbers ran from twelve
Missing out thirteen
And they said oh my darling
Put it down to superstition
Try to avoid a scandal
And don't arouse suspicion
They re-arranged the furniture
They even papered over the door

There's a room without a number
While the sign outside says there's no vacancy
As you take your key, they smile just so so you know

There's a room without a number
While the sign outside says there's no vacancy
As you take your key, they smile just so so you know

(Chorus)

Room With No Number
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Maurice Worm (a.k.a. Steve Nieve) - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
see Goodbye Cruel World credits for possible additional musicians
RecordedFebruary 1984, SARM West Studios, London
ReleasedJune 18, 1984
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World, 1984
Length4:13

First known performance:
May 12, 1984, Auckland, New Zealand
Last known performance:
August 3, 1984, Sunrise, FL
     (10 known performances)


Goodbye Cruel WorldGCW album cover large.jpg

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