Chemistry Class

From The Elvis Costello Wiki
Jump to navigationJump to search

She throws back her hair and she shows you her mouth
The breath that I waste trying to ruin your life
Beauty's on a budget but you take it on the chin
'Cause you have to do your duty taking orders from the kingpin

You've got a chemistry class, I want a piece of your mind
You don't know what you started when you mixed it up with mine
Are you ready for the final solution? Oh Oh

They chopped you up in butcher's school
Threw you out of the academy of garbage
You'll be a joker all your life
A student at the comedy college
People pleasing people pleasing people like you
You've been around so long but you still don't know what to do


Sparks are flying from electrical pylons
Snakes and ladders running up and down her nylons
Ready to experiment, you're ready to be burned
If it wasn't for some accidents then some would never ever learn


Chemistry Class
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust-September 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1979
AlbumsArmed Forces, 1979
Collections2½ Years, 1993

First known performance:
February 28, 1978, Washington, DC
Last known performance:
April 6, 1979, Washington, DC
     (9 known performances)

Alternate versions

Chemistry Class (Live 1978)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedFebruary 28, 1978, Washington, DC
ReleasedOctober 28, 2002
AlbumsArmed Forces (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2002
This Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rykodisc album cover.jpg

Armed ForcesArmed Forces Rhino album cover.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg


Jennifer Charles, Steve Nieve, Oren Bloedow performed live, 2014-10-03, City Winery, New York 2014 YouTube
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube

Internal links

External links