Your Mind Is On Vacation

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I see you laughing right in my face
I guess I'm going to have to put you in your place
Because if silence was golden
You couldn't raise a dime
Because your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime

You're quoting figures and dropping names
You're telling stories about the dames
You're over-laughing when things ain't funny
You're trying to sound like you're the big money, honey

If talk was criminal
You'd lead a life of crime
Because your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime

Life is short, talk is cheap
Don't go making promises that you can't keep
If you don't like this little song I'm singing
Just grin and bear it
All I can say is if the red shoe fits, wear it
If you must keep talking, please try to make it rhyme
Because your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime

I see you laughing right in my face
I guess I'm going to have to put you in your place
Because if talk was criminal
You'd lead a life of crime
Because your mind is on vacation
And your mouth is working overtime

Your Mind Is On Vacation (Live 1986)
Written byMose Allison
Performed byElvis Costello & The Confederates
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
James Burton - lead guitar
Jerry Scheff - bass
Jim Keltner - drums
Mitchell Froom - keyboards
T Bone Burnett - rhythm guitar
T-Bone Wolk - accordion, vocal
Michael Blair - marimbas, vibraphone, percussion
Ralph Carney - saxophone
RecordedOctober 23, 1986, New York, NY
ReleasedJune 28, 1995
AlbumsKing Of America (Rykodisc/Demon reissue), 1995
King Of America (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2005
Length5:16 - medley with Your Funeral My Trial

First known performance:
October 2, 1986, Los Angeles, CA
Last known performance:
November 21, 2010, New York, NY
     (31 known performances, 1 as a snippet)


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