Under Lime

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It's a long way down from the high horse you're on
When you stumble and then you're thrown
And the last time we saw him he was out in the rain
Watching the train roll down the track
Now he's back in showbiz, trying to make a comeback

We know that he's desperate and we know that he's broke
He's the mystery guest we'll puncture
They told the young girl with the clipboard, "Just keep him amused"
"Whatever you do, don't tell him your name"
"Whatever you think, don't let him drink"
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He whistles out of tune
His words don't always rhyme
But we will be right back
We're almost out of time

Down a long corridor, he's trying to impress
He was helping a showgirl fasten up her dress
Then the clock on the wall tick-tocked the time away
When the band starts to play

In the violent strip of an undressing room
She loosened his grip and started
"Tell me your story, if you feel so inclined"
He was a mess, almost resigned
Though she could guess, I think you will find
She thought, "Oh, you know, I wouldn't mind"
He asked her boyfriend's name, then her whole family tree
She thought, "I can't believe, it's happening to me"

And upset, said, "Hey, pet,
Would you kindly pass that pill"
And allow me to just dictate my dying will
And the clock on the wall tick-tocked the time away
And the band starts to play

Jimmie is dreaming as she uncrossed her legs
He shuttered his eyes discreetly
And he thought of the drummer and considered his snare
But the beat of his heart said, "Don't even start"
His conscience was bare. It said, "Hey, don't even dare"
She's completely unaware

She forced a laugh or a sigh at every alibi
Once every crime was confessed he buttoned up his vest
Said, "Hey gal, you're a pal
You've really been a sport
And you don't get a record if you never get caught"
And the clock on the wall tick-tocked the time away
And the band starts to play

It's a long way down from that high horse you're on
It's a long way back as you cover your track
Or you bury your crime
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It's a long way down from that high horse you're on
It's a long way back 'less you cover your track
Or you bury your crime
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It's a long way down from the high horse you're on
It's a long way back as you cover your track
As you bury your crime
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Under Lime
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
Produced bySebastian Krys & Elvis Costello
Vocal arrangementElvis Costello
Horn & woodwind arrangementElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, electric guitar, 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, vibraphone
Davey Faragher - bass
Pete Thomas - drums, tambourine
Steve Nieve - piano
Elvis Costello, Davey Faragher & Tommy Faragher - vocal group
Steve Bernstein - trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Doug Wieselman - tenor and baritone saxophone
Clark Gayton - trombone
Michael Rabinowitz - bassoon
Sheryl Henze - piccolo, flute
ReleasedJuly 27, 2018 (stream/download track)
October 12, 2018 (album)
AlbumsLook Now, 2018
Length5:34

First known performance:
March 12, 2017, Antwerp, Belgium
Last known performance:
December 4, 2018, Vancouver, BC, Canada
     (19 known performances)


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