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Elvis Costello Indoor Fireworks Lyrics

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We play these parlour games
We play at make believe
When we get to the part where I say that I'm going to leave
Everybody loves a happy ending but we don't even try
We go straight past pretending
To the part where everybody loves to cry

Indoor fireworks
Can still burn your fingers
Indoor fireworks
We swore we were safe as houses
They're not so spectacular
They don't burn up in the sky
But they can dazzle or delight
Or bring a tear
When the smoke gets in your eyes

You were the spice of life
The gin in my vermouth
And though the sparks would fly
I thought our love was fireproof
Sometimes we'd fight in public darling
With very little cause
But different kinds of sparks would fly
When we got on our own behind closed doors


It's time to tell the truth
These things have to be faced
My fuse is burning out
And all that powder's gone to waste
Don't think for a moment dear that we'll ever be through
I'll build a bonfire of my dreams
And burn a broken effigy of me and you


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sensualists sink into this | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/27/2006

elvis can burrow into even the most hardened soul. His slow burning bittersweet and sadness can fill you up even when it's letting you down easy. If only I could sing this to my ex and make him melt.

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Beyond Belief | Reviewer: Barret | 9/16/2004

When I was young, maybe about ten, my mother and I got into an argument about who the greatest lyricist of all time (or maybe just the latter half of the twentieth century) was. She claimed it was Elvis Costello, but I disagreed. "Okay," she said. "One day when you're older you'll understand what I mean." Six years later, I sat down and actually listened to the words in "Indoor Fireworks." Suddenly, I saw what she had meant all those years ago. This is quite possibly one of the greatest songs ever written.

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