She's Pulling Out The Pin

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She's pulling out the pin
That lets her hair fall down
She shakes her head and
It goes tumbling
Her smile was out of place
So she swept it off her face

Let me find the words and say them
Like some softly whispered Amen

As she starts to pull away
And all the lights begin to dim
Is she thinking of me
Or is she thinking of him
She's pulling out the pin

She's slipping off the hook
Unbuttoning her dress
There's just enough to make some man a mess
She tears away the veil
With her fingernails

She came out high and kicking
While the band played "Hey good lookin'"
Do you hear something ticking?

Did somebody tell her?
You can really be redeemed
Could she actually be?
As desperate as she seems
She's tearing at the seams
She's going to extremes
Nobody told her it was a sin
So she's pulling out the pin

She's taping up her hands
Just as a boxer will
They started laughing
But if looks could kill
She'd take them down right now
She's covering her mouth
With some unholy vow
There's nothing more to say
This is her wedding day

Full of shattered glass and mayhem
Not one softly whispered amen
When the shock announcement dawns
And the smoke begins to thin
Where the world without her ends
And the next one begins
She's pulling out the pin

She's Pulling Out The Pin
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced byDennis Herring & Elvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Gibson J-50 & Gibson Super 400 guitars, glockenspiel
Steve Nieve - Wurlitzer organ, upright piano
Davey Faragher - Dan Armstrong & Fender Precision bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedApril 2004, Sweet Tea, Oxford, MS
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2004
AlbumsThe Delivery Man (bonus track on vinyl & UK/Japan CD), 2004
The Delivery Man (Deluxe Edition), 2005
Length3:21

First known performance:
April 2, 2004, Oxford, MS
Last known performance:
March 11, 2017, Antwerp, Belgium
     (33 known performances)


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“[‘She's Pulling Out The Pin'] juxtaposes the most heartless part of our culture and the most desperate part of another culture. Two women's fates. It's just a bald telling of it. It doesn't have a judgement. They're both desperate, dead-end jobs.” The Independent, August 15, 2004

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