Stella Hurt

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You should wear your red galoshes
Walking o'er the city pride
Streets are paved with heaven's pennies
Gutters full of suicides

Teddy steadily fell from grace
Somewhere near Arcadia
Once she overheard a voice
That she didn't hear on the radio

Velvet gloves and country clubs
Were never going to hold her
Ringing the necks of silly
Southern belles
Who wanted to scold her

Don't bring me down
I'm trouble bound
Blue song
Red Alert
Who made Stella Hurt?

Teddy soon dropped out of sight
Turned up in another town
Changed her name for the spotlight
Singing like a blue bird in a sequin gown

She finally fell and married well
But I knew it wouldn't last
Reversing back into the limelight
No one ever saw her even half-plastered

Don't bring me down
I'm trouble bound
Blue song
Red Alert
Who made Stella Hurt?

Then she saw those soldier boys
Throw their bonnets in the air
Self-made men would pledge their fortunes
And dream of her
And dream of her...

Generals in the commissary opened up a case of wine
Checked the perfume of the cork
Said "Made in 1929"...

They used her up, to raise morale for money
And Old Glory
Her voice was shot beyond repair
But this is not the last act of this story

The night is black as cracked shellac
Abandoned in an attic
Stella is silent as the grave
Until the needle drags her through the static

Don't bring me down
I'm trouble bound
Blue song
Red Alert
Who made Stella Hurt?

Stella Hurt
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced byElvis Costello & Jason Lader
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Les Paul & Danelectro Baritone guitars
Pete Thomas - drums
Davey Faragher - bass
Steve Nieve - Vox Continental organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, grand piano
Tennessee Thomas - drums
Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, Davey Faragher, Elvis Costello - vocal supergroup
RecordedFebruary 7-14, 2008, Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
ReleasedApril 22, 2008
AlbumsMomofuku, 2008
CollectionsPomp & Pout: The Universal Years, 2010
VideosThe Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook, 2011
Length4:46

First known performance:
April 22, 2008, Memphis, TN
Last known performance:
October 22, 2017, Austin, TX
     (101 known performances)


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“...a true story...” elviscostello.com, April 22, 2008.

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