Álbum Spike de Elvis Costello - Canciones


Listado de canciones del álbum Spike

  1. ...This Town... 4:31
  2. Let Him DangleVer letra 4:45


    letra de Let Him Dangle

    Bentley said to Craig "Let him have it Chris"
    They still don't know today just what he meant by this
    Craig fired the pistol, but was too young to swing
    So the police took Bentley and the very next thing
    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle

    Bentley had surrendered, he was under arrest,
    when he gave Chris Craig that fatal request
    Craig shot Sidney Miles, he took Bentley's word
    The prosecution claimed as they charged them with murder
    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle

    They say Derek Bentley was easily led
    Well what's that to the woman that Sidney Miles wed
    Though guilty was the verdict, and Craig had shot him dead
    The gallows were for Bentley and still she never said
    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle

    Well it's hard to imagine it's the times that have changed
    When there's a murder in the kitchen that is brutal and strange
    If killing anybody is a terrible crime
    Why does this bloodthirsty Chorus come round from time to time
    Let him dangle

    Not many people thought that Bentley would hang
    But the word never came, the phone never rang
    Outside Wandsworth Prison there was horror and hate
    As the hangman shook Bentley's hand to calculate his weight
    Let him dangle

    From a welfare state to society murder
    Bring "back the noose" is always heard
    Whenever those swine are under attack
    But it won't make you even
    It won't bring him back

    Let him dangle
    Let him dangle (String him up)

  3. Deep Dark Truthful MirrorVer letra 4:06


    letra de Deep Dark Truthful Mirror

    One day you're going to have to face
    A deep dark truthful mirror
    And it's going to tell you things that I still love you too much to say
    The sky was just a purple bruise, the ground was iron
    And you fell all around the town until you looked the same


    The same eyes, the same lips, the same lie from
    your tongue trips
    Deep dark, deep dark truthful mirror
    Deep dark, deep dark truthful mirror

    Now the flagstone streets where the newspaper shouts ring to the boots of roustabouts
    But you're never in any doubt, there's something happening somewhere

    You chase down the road 'til your fingers bleed
    On a fiberglass tumbleweed

    You can blow around the town, but it all shuts down the same


    So you bay for the boy in the tiger-skin trunks
    They set him up, set him up on the stool
    He falls down, falls down like a drunk
    And you drink 'til you drool
    And it's his story you'll flatter
    You'll stretch him out like a saint
    But the canvas that he splattered will be the
    picture that you never paint


    A stripping puppet on a liquid stick gets into it pretty thick
    A butterfly drinks a turtle's tears, but how do you know he really needs it?

    'Cos a butterfly feeds on a dead monkey's hand,
    Jesus wept he felt abandoned
    You're spellbound baby there's no doubting that
    Did you ever see a stare like a Persian cat?


  4. VeronicaVer letra 3:09


    letra de Veronica

    Is it all in that pretty little head of yours?
    What goes on in that place in the dark?
    Well I used to know a girl
    And I could have sworn that
    Her name was Veronica
    Well she used to have
    A carefree mind of her own and
    A delicate look in her eye
    These days I'm afraid
    She's not even sure
    If her name is Veronica

    Do you suppose
    That waiting hands on eyes
    Veronica has gone to hide?
    And all the time she laughs
    At those who shout
    Her name and steal her clothes

    Did the days drag by?
    Did the favours wane?
    Did he roam down the town
    All the time?
    Will you wake from your dream
    With a wolf at the door
    Reaching out for Veronica
    Well it was all of sixty-five years ago
    When the world was the street
    Where she lived
    And a young man sailed on
    A ship in the sea
    With a picture of Veronica

    On the "Empress of India"
    And as she closed her eyes
    Upon the world and
    Picked upon the bones
    Of last week's news
    She spoke his name out loud again

    Do you suppose
    That waiting hands on eyes
    Veronica has gone to hide?
    And all the time she laughs
    At those who shout
    Her name and steal her clothes

    Veronica sits in her favourite chair and
    She sits very quiet and still
    And they call her a name
    That they never get right and
    If they don't then nobody else will
    But she used to have
    A carefree mind of her own
    With devilish look in her eye
    Saying: You can call me
    Anything you like
    But my name is Veronica

    Do you suppose
    That waiting hands on eyes
    Veronica has gone to hide?
    And all the time she laughs
    At those who shout
    Her name and steal her clothes

  5. God's Comic 5:31
  6. Chewing GumVer letra 3:46


    letra de Chewing Gum

    With their cardboard hands by their sides,
    Here's a naked man and lady
    And they're yours to cut out and keep
    So you can dress them up maybe
    They don't know just who they are, or who they're supposed to be
    You can make them happy or sad
    Or assume their identity

    So here they are in the departure lounge
    It's the "gateway to the east"
    She is just another mail-order bride
    She doesn't know he's a kinky beast
    So he gives her a picture of maradona and child
    She wants to "roll and rock"
    As he spills his beer over her, bumps and he
    Grinds, as he repeats "bang-cock"

    There must be something that is better than this
    It starts with a slap and ends up with a kiss
    Begins with you bawling and it ends up in tears
    Oh my little one, take that chewing gum out of your ears

    She might as well be in the jungle
    She might as well be on the moon
    He's away on a business trip, in dusseldorf, but she's becoming immune
    To the lack of glamour and danger in a west-german city today
    The nearest she comes to the "dynasty" he promised her
    Is a chinese takeaway


    Though he only taught her three little words, it
    Doesn't matter if they're dirty or clean
    He can only control what they look like
    He can never possess what they mean
    Now he wants to whisper in her ear
    All the shrinking nothingness
    But something always comes between them,
    I wonder if you can guess


  7. Tramp The Dirt DownVer letra 5:41


    letra de Tramp The Dirt Down

    I saw a newspaper picture from the political campaign
    A woman was kissing a child, who was obviously in pain
    She spills with compassion, as that young child's
    face in her hands she grips
    Can you imagine all that greed and avarice
    coming down on that child's lips

    Well I hope I don't die too soon
    I pray the Lord my soul to save
    Oh I'll be a good boy, I'm trying so hard to behave
    Because there's one thing I know, I'd like to live
    long enough to savour
    That's when they finally put you in the ground
    I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down

    When England was the whore of the world
    Margeret was her madam
    And the future looked as bright and as clear as
    the black tarmacadam
    Well I hope that she sleeps well at night, isn't
    haunted by every tiny detail
    'Cos when she held that lovely face in her hands
    all she thought of was betrayal

    And now the cynical ones say that it all ends the same in the long run
    Try telling that to the desperate father who just squeezed the life from his only son
    And how it's only voices in your head and dreams you never dreamt
    Try telling him the subtle difference between justice and contempt
    Try telling me she isn't angry with this pitiful discontent
    When they flaunt it in your face as you line up for punishment
    And then expect you to say "Thank you" straighten up, look proud and pleased
    Because you've only got the symptoms, you haven't got the whole disease
    Just like a schoolboy, whose head's like a tin-can
    filled up with dreams then poured down the drain
    Try telling that to the boys on both sides, being blown to bits or beaten and maimed
    Who takes all the glory and none of the shame

    Well I hope you live long now, I pray the Lord your soul to keep
    I think I'll be going before we fold our arms and start to weep
    I never thought for a moment that human life could be so cheap
    'Cos when they finally put you in the ground
    They'll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down

  8. Stalin Malone 4:08
  9. SatelliteVer letra 5:44


    letra de Satellite

    She looked like she learned to dance from a series of still pictures
    She's madly excited now, she throws her hands up like a tulip

    She looks like an illustration of a cocktail party
    Where cartoon bubbles burst in the air,
    champagne rolls off her tongue Like a second language
    And it should have been her biggest night
    The satellite looks down on her as she begins to cry

    All over the world at the very same time people sharing the same sorrow
    As the satellite looks down her darkest hour is somebody's bright tomorrow

    He pulled on a cigarette, in the crook of his first finger
    Felt the static electric charge of her perfect hour-glass figure
    As he undressed her with his eyes her weakness was his talent
    How could she know as she stepped through the lights, that her dress would become transparent
    And with his face pressed to the screen,
    he muttered words he'd never dare to say if she could see him

    All over the world at the very same time
    People sharing the same cheap sensation the
    thrill of watching somebody watching those
    forbidden things we never mention

    The satellite looks down right now and forever
    What it has pulled apart let no man tether his own body to his dream,
    His dream to someone else
    Oh no, oh no.

    She went back to a pitiful compromise, He'd go back to his family
    But for the matter of a thousand miles that separated them entirely
    In the hot unloving spotlight, with secrets it arouses
    Now they both know what it's like inside a pornographer's trousers
    And in a funny way it's anonymous, the satellite
    it blesses us and makes these dreams come
    true... All over the world


  10. Pads, Paws And Claws 2:56
  11. Baby Plays AroundVer letra 2:46


    letra de Baby Plays Around

    It's not open to discussion anymore
    She's out again tonight and I'm alone once more
    She's all I have worth waiting for
    But baby plays around

    And so it seems I've always been the last to know
    To hold on to that girl, I had to let her go
    I wish to God I didn't love her so
    'Cos baby plays around

    I try to be strong hold on to my pride
    She doesn't even know it's wrong, how much I hurt Inside
    And heaven knows I've tried
    But baby plays around. just a plaything
    It's hard to reconcile the facts I'm facing

    It's not open to discussion anymore
    She walks those shiny streets
    I walk the worn out floor
    She's all I have worth living for
    Baby plays, baby plays around

  12. Miss MacbethVer letra 4:23


    letra de Miss Macbeth

    All the children testified that Miss Macbeth
    Wore a fishbone slide in her cobweb tresses
    Her eyes were black like first foot coal, clutched as white as chalk-dust
    Her fingers sweated india-ink and poison-pen letters
    There is a hungry hanging tree, just below your bedroom window
    You can hear her take a broom to beat out a tattoo on the ceiling
    Her bloodless face ran red inside but was she
    really evil, was she only pantomime

    Now the chalk on the wall says that somebody
    saves, that somebody's face has just been washed off the pavement
    Into a puzzle where petrol will be poisoned by rain
    Miss Macbeth saw her reflection
    As confetti bled it's colours down the drain

    And everyday she lives out another love song
    It's a tearful lament of somebody done wrong
    Well how can you miss what you've never possessed?
    Miss Macbeth

    Well we all should have known when the children paraded
    They portrayed her in their fairytales, sprinkling Deadly Nightshade
    And as they tormented her she rose to the bait
    Even a scapegoat must have someone to hate

    And everyday she lives out another love song
    "You're up there enjoying yourself, and I know it's wrong"

    Well how can you miss what you've never possessed
    Miss Macbeth

    Sometimes people are just what they appear to be
    With no redemption at all
    We try to walk upright when we can't even crawl

    Miss Macbeth has a gollywog she chucks under
    the chin and she whispers to it tenderly Then sticks it on a pin
    And It might be coincidence, but a boy down
    the lane, that she said "went white as he could do," then doubled over in pain


  13. Any King's Shilling 6:06
  14. Coal-Train Robberies 3:17
  15. Last Boat LeavingVer letra 3:31


    letra de Last Boat Leaving

    Hush my little one don't cry so
    You know your Daddy's bound to go
    They took his pride
    They took his voice
    Don't upset him now, don't make a noise
    They said "You're lucky son you've still got a choice"
    Last boat leaving

    Don't waste your tears
    It's not as if I'm in chains
    I don't want to go now, it would be better for
    you, too, if I don't look back when we sail

    Hush my dear, while I whisper it in your ear
    We're not going to sail tonight
    We're going to disappear
    And it feels like a punishment, but I don't know what for
    Take care of your mother, son, it's you that she adores
    'Cos no matter how long we sail we'll never reach the shore
    Last boat leaving

    So dry your tears
    It's not as if I'm in chains
    When you go to school, son, you'll read my story in history books
    Only they won't mention my name

    So hush now, my darling, my sweet little one
    I hope that you never have to do what I've done
    Do you know what I've done?
    Why I'm going away? On the last boat leaving this stinking town
    It's the last boat leaving, it's the last boat leaving

    You've had my innocence, you've had my heartbreak
    You've taken the place where I once belonged
    Now what more can you take?

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