dear tony, you say you like elvis costello, what is your favourite song?

rain in LA

my favorite song is probably

i want you

from blood and chocolate.

which is great because the performance and the lyrics are just so creepy

and the production is so raw.

but for some reason i just love love love beyond belief from imperial bedroom

an album i dont like as much as others do,

in fact i think it was his first mediocre album after his first five masterpieces:
My Aim Is True, This Year’s Model, Armed Forces, Get Happy!!, Trust

beyond belief is allegedly made up of opening couplets from unfinished songs

i really really really hope thats even slightly true

“Beyond Belief”

History repeats the old conceits
The glib replies the same defeats
Keep your finger on important issues
With crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues

I’m just the oily slick
On the windup world of the nervous tick
In a very fashionable hovel

I hang around dying to be tortured
You’ll never be alone in the bone orchard
This battle with the bottle is nothing so novel

So in this almost empty gin palace
Through a two-way looking glass
You see your Alice

You know she has no sense
For all your jealousy
In a sense she still smiles very sweetly

Charged with insults and flattery
Her body moves with malice
Do you have to be so cruel to be callous

And now you find you fit this identikit completely
You say you have no secrets
And then leave discreetly

I might make it California’s fault
Be locked in Geneva’s deepest vault
Just like the canals of Mars and the great barrier reef
I come to you beyond belief

My hands were clammy and cunning
She’s been suitably stunning
But I know there’s not a hope in Hades
All the laddies cat call and wolf whistle
So-called gentlemen and ladies
Dog fight like rose and thistle

I’ve got a feeling
I’m going to get a lot of grief
Once this seemed so appealing
Now I am beyond belief