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Shattered, shattered
Love and hope and sex and dreams
Are still surviving on the street
Look at me, I'm in tatters!
I'm a shattered

Friends are so alarming
My lover's never charming
Life's just a cocktail party on the street
Big Apple

People dressed in plastic bags
Directing traffic
Some kind of fashion

Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex
Look at me, I'm in tatters
I'm a shattered

All this chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter 'bout
schmatte, schmatte, schmatte
I can't give it away on 7th Avenue
This town's been wearing tatters (shattered, shattered)

Work and work for love and sex
Ain't you hungry for success,
success, success, success Does it matter? (Shattered)
Does it matter? I'm shattered.

Ahhh, look at me,
I'm all shattered
I'm all shattered
Look at me- I'm all shattered, yeah

Pride and joy and greed and sex
That's what makes our town the best
Pride and joy and dirty dreams
are still surviving on the street

And look at me, I'm in tatters, yeah
I've been battered, what does it matter
Does it matter, uh-huh
Does it matter, uh-huh, I'm a shattered

Don't you know the crime rate
is going up, up, up, up, up
To live in this town you must be
tough, tough, tough, tough, tough!

You got rats on the west side
Bed bugs uptown
What a mess this town's in tatters
I've been shattered My brain's been battered,
Splattered all over Manhattan

Uh-huh, this town's full of money grabbers
Go ahead, bite the Big Apple,
don't mind the maggots, huh
Shadoobie, my brain's been battered

My friends they come around they
Flatter, flatter, flatter,
flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter
Pile it up, pile it high on the platter

Shattered (Live 1978)
Written byMick Jagger, Keith Richards
Performed byElvis Costello with Richard Hell & The Voidoids
MusiciansElvis Costello - back vocal, guitar
Richard Hell - lead vocal
Robert Quine - guitar
Ivan Julian - guitar
Marc Bell - drums
Jerry Antonius - bass
Frank Mauro - drums
RecordedOctober 18, 1978, New York, NY
ReleasedMarch 19, 2002
AlbumsRichard Hell: Time, 2002

Only known performance:
October 18, 1978, New York, NY
     (1 known performance)

Richard Hell: TimeRichard Hell Time album cover.jpg

Recordings by other artists

The Rolling Stones  1978 Some Girls Wikipedia

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