Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)

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Who dries your eyes when you cry real tears?
Who know or cares what an imitation is?
Only you do
You can paint his nails
Make him wear high heels
Why waste time altering the hemline?
Or do you?

Tear off your own head
Tear off your own head
It's a doll revolution

You can bat your lashes
You can cut your strings
You can pull his hair with your moveable fingers
It looks so real
If one won't do it, so collect the set
Dress him in pink ribbons
Put him in a kitchenette
How does this feel?

Tear off your own head
Tear off your own head
It's a doll revolution

What's that sound?
It will turn you around
It's a doll revolution
They're taking over
And they're tearing it down
It's a doll revolution

You can pull and pinch him
'Til he cries and squeals
You can twist his body 'til it faces backwards
Plastic features
You could make somebody a pretty little wife
But don't let anybody tell you how to live your life
Broken pieces

Tear off your own head
Tear off your own head
It's a doll revolution

Tear off your own head
Revolution

Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution)
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello (& The Imposters)
Produced byThe Imposter: Elvis Costello, Ciaran Cahill, Leo Pearson & Kieran Lynch
Horn arrangementElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Fender Telecaster & Silvertone guitars
Pete Thomas - drums
Davey Faragher - bass
Steve Nieve - Hohner pianet, Vox Continental organ
Leo Pearson - electric tablas
Recorded2001, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
ReleasedApril 8, 2002
AlbumsWhen I Was Cruel, 2002
SinglesTear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution), 2002
SoundtracksOne Day: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2011
Various Artists collectionsCMJ New Music Monthly: Volume 101, 2002 -
Music@work - Daytime Delights, 2002
PromosMMMM... Tasty, 2002 -
VideosThe Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook, 2011
Length3:31

First known performance:
March 9, 2002 New York, NY
Last known performance:
June 6, 2013, London, England
     (152 known performances)


Alternate versions

Revolution Doll
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byThe Imposter: Elvis Costello, Ciaran Cahill, Leo Pearson & Kieran Lynch
ReleasedApril 8, 2002
AlbumsCruel Smile, 2002
SinglesTear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution), 2002
Length3:44
NoteRemix of Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution).
When I Was CruelWIWC album cover 400.jpg

Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) singleTear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Cruel Smile2002 Cruel Smile Album small.jpg

The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning SongbookThe Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook album cover.jpg

One Day: Original Motion Picture SoundtrackOne Day Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album cover.jpg

Covers

The Bangles Doll Revolution 2003 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
The Bangles performed live, 2003, Berlin; Amsterdam; Tokyo; Costa Mesa 2003 etree
The Bangles Berlin 2003[bootleg] 2003 link
The Bangles UK Elvis Costello (2006)  (promo) 2006
Natalie Cortez Band performed live, Costello Tribute, 2017-03-16, Harlow's, Sacramento, CA 2017 YouTube
Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) demo recorded January 2001 2001
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003 - OliversArmyBand
sASSafrASS performed live, The Roxy, Hollywood, CA YouTube

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