1. Friday, August 9, 2002

    Elvis Costello 

    “Suit of Lights”

    King of America

    While Nat King Cole sings “Welcome To My World”

    You request some song you hate you sentimental fool

    And it’s the force of habit

    If it moves then you fuck it

    If it doesn’t move you stab it

    And I thought I heard “The Working Man’s Blues”

    He went out to work that night and wasted his breath

    Outside there was a public execution

    Inside he died a thousand deaths

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they put him in a suit of lights

    In the perforated first editions

    Where they advocate the hangman’s noose

    Then tell the sorry tale of the spent Princess

    Her uncouth escort looking down her dress

    Anyway they say that she wears the trousers

    And learnt everything that she does

    And doesn’t know if she should tell him yes

    Or let him go

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they put him in a suit of lights

    Well it’s a dog’s life in a rope leash or a diamond collar

    It’s enough to make you think right now

    But you don’t bother

    For goodness sake as you cry and shake

    Let’s keep you face down in the dirt where you belong

    And think of all the pleasure that it brings

    Though you know that it’s wrong

    And there’s still life in your body

    But most of it’s leaving

    Can’t you give us all a break

    Can’t you stop breathing

    And I thought I heard “The Working Man’s Blues”

    I went to work that night and wasted my breath

    Outside they’re painting tar on somebody

    It’s the closest to a work of art that they will ever be

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground

    And they put him in a suit of lights

    And they put him in a suit of lights