Man Out Of Time Lyrics - Elvis Costello
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So this is where he came to hide
When he ran from you
In a private detective's overcoat
And dirty dead man's shoes
The pretty things of Knightsbridge
Lying for a minister of state
Are a far cry from the nod and wink
Here at traitor's gate
'Cause the high heel he used to be has been ground down
And he listens for the footsteps that would follow him around
To murder my love is crime
But will you still love
A man out of time
There's a tuppeny hapenny millionaire
Looking for a fourpenny one
With a tight grip on the short hairs
Of the public imagination
But for his private wife and kids somehow
Real life becomes a rumour
Days of dutch courage
Just three French letters and a German sense of humour
He's got a mind like a sewer and a heart like a fridge
He stands to be insulted and he pays for the privilege
The biggest wheels of industry
Retire sharp and short
And the after dinner overtures
Are nothing but an after thought
Somebody's creeping in the kitchen
There's a reputation to be made
Whose nerves are always on a knife's edge
Who's up late polishing the blade
Love is always scarpering or cowering or fawning
You drink yourself insensitive and hate yourself in the morning
Writer: COSTELLO, ELVIS
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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It's me! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/21/11
Elvis saw my life coming. Failed mariages, dishonesty, self deception, self pity.......you drink yourself insensitive and hate yourself in the morning.......What a musician! One of his finest!
What is it about? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/16/11
There are many theories about what this song is about.
I love how it starts out then breaks into the slow portion. The harmonies in the little chorus are magnificent. And the lyrics are all so fantastic (as most of Costello's lyrics are). The piano adds so much to the music. I was reminded of Ultravox's 'Vienna' as a beautiful pop song that posesses very classical piano hooks.
I couldn't speak any higher of this song if I tried...
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