Troublemaker

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CHIEF OF POLICE
The disorder smites the good people
the noise of all the music
in our streets
disfigures our good city
the disgusting mixing of the humans
as good people must disinfect
troublemaker
troublemaker
there's no room in this town
for the troublemaker that you are

All the street people, friends and workers now gather around.

THE WORKERS AND THE HOMELESS
Always the same story
the hate of the poor
yesterday's victims
tomorrow's culprits
unemployment
partial justice

CHIEF OF POLICE
Depravity
delinquency

THE FRIEND
No violence, no hate
valorous and solidaire
at work one day he saved my life
as fate would have it he met a sidereal love
and we know what it is...
what it is
what it is
what it is

CHIEF OF POLICE
the streets were made to move the good people
from home to church
from church to the work
far from the excitation
now these tramps these dirty swarming people
put everywhere
their rotten mess

troublemaker
troublemaker
we will eradicate the disease in the town that you are
troublemaker
troublemaker
there's a room in this town for the troublemaker
that you are

a new day is coming
I've seen the grey flag
the ultimate disaster
before the new time
filthy vagrants
propagation
disinfection

Troublemaker (unreleased cover)
Words byMuriel Teodori
Music bySteve Nieve
Performed byRobert Wyatt, Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve, The Brodsky Quartet & Ned Rothenberg
NoteTroublemaker was sung by John Flansburgh and Ron Sexsmith in the 2000-06-09 performance of Welcome To The Voice. Elvis also sang this song when Welcome To The Voice was staged at the Chatelet Theatre in November 2008.

First known performance:
November 20, 2008, Paris, France
Last known performance:
November 24, 2008, Paris, France
     (0 known performances)


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Credits

Elvis Costello - vocal (Chief of Police)
Robert Wyatt - vocal (The Friend)
The London Voices - vocals
Le Chœur Des Amis Français - vocals
The Brodsky Quartet:
Andrew Haveron - violin
Ian Belton - violin
Paul Cassidy - viola
Jacqueline Thomas - cello
Steve Nieve - piano, moog synthesizer, theremin
Ned Rothenberg - clarinet, saxophone, shakuhachi, bass flute
Marc Ribot - guitars
Sting - electric bass guitar
Antoine Quessada - cymbals

* Although all these musicians appear on the Welcome To The Voice album, they may not all appear on this track.


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