The Deportees Club

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In the Arrivederci Roma nightclub, bar and grill
Standing in the fibreglass ruins watching time stand still
All your troubles you confess to another faceless backless dress
Schnapps chianti porter and ouzo
Pernod vodka sambuca, I love you so
Deportee

Tatty beauty talking in riddles
Rome burns down everybody's on the fiddle
Two thousand dollars for a wife and some class
A thousand years drowned in a chaser glass
How I wish that she was mine
I could have been a king in six/eight time
Schnapps chianti porter and ouzo
Pernod vodka sambuca, I love you so
Deportee

It's a brittle charm but she's had enough
Still she wrote her number on his paper cuff
You don't know where to start or where to stop
All this pillow talk is nothing more than talking shop

When I came here tonight my pockets were overflowing
They took my return ticket without me even knowing
I pray to the saints and all the martyrs
For the secret life of Frank Sinatra
But none of these things have come to pass
In America the law is a piece of ass
I'm a deportee

Schnapps chianti porter and ouzo
Pernod vodka sambuca, I love you so

The Deportees Club
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
SinglesThe Only Flame In Town, 1984 (Japan)
Length2:53

First known performance:
February 13, 1984, Strasbourg, France
Last known performance:
November 3, 1984, London, England
     (39 known performances)


Alternate versions

see Deportee

Goodbye Cruel WorldGCW album cover large.jpg

The Only Flame In Town singleThe Only Flame In Town Japan 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Covers

Christy Moore Voyage 1989 AllmusicAmazon
Christy Moore Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & RendezvousVarious Artists 1998 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk

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