Dark Comedy |
As usual, Elvis Costello brings his wit into the most rueful of situations -- here, mostly, death. Set against a background tune of Carnival Music, this song not only laments mortality, but also the sentimentality that goes along with it. The Carnival theme just underscores the ludicrousness of the whole human condition -- as another great song mentions, "What's born is busy dyin'." In certain moments, most of us realize that at some point, we'll die, and that's a bit scary. Brilliantly, Costello has this fear and the whole emotional kit that rides along with it summed up in a rolling, rocking melody. I love it. Not for upbeat occasions, no, but for the sheer genius, absolutely!