Elvis Costello Lyrics


DECLAN MCMANUS'S father was a jazz bandleader, and he was
often given copies of the popular records of the day, which
he passed on to his son. It was these recordings by the
Beatles, the Kinks, the Who, and the stars of Motown that
instilled in McManus a love of rock and roll and laid the
foundation for his own musical style. When he graduated
from high school in Liverpool, he found a day job as a
computer operator (a profession that placed such a strain
on his eyes that he began wearing his now signature
glasses) and played clubs at More...




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JeanHertz you are obviously not British. | Reviewer: martin
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

jean i find your lack of knowledge about British politics a shame, i feel you have swallowed the Tory lies hook, line and sinker.as someone who lived and tried to find work throughout her suppression of the working classes, i find it quite sad that you feel she left the "UK in better shape" she sold off our national industries to her rich friends,sold our council houses cheap and refused to build more thus creating more money for her landlord chums, she introduced YTS schemes to make the unemployment figures look less.she introduced the poll tax (which in the end finished her). she agreed to pay policemen treble pay to go and break up the picket lines at the miners strikes, those miners where fighting for their lives,jobs,families and communities.she refused to impose sanctions on south Africa due to her husband Denis having millions invested there. she called nelson Mandela "no better than a terrorist" when her son mark was investigated for arms dealing!!!!. she was best friends with Reagan who was another war monger.
please lets not look at her life through rose tinted spectacles. tramp the dirt down is a fine song.


How subtle | Reviewer: JeanHertz
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

Costello must have been really short on arguments to write such a vicious ad hominem attack. Costello is a musical giant, but politically, he's always been an ass.
Thatcher was reelected twice, and confortably, so it seems not everyone thought she was destroying the country. She took back the Falklands because the islands had been invaded through an unprovoked agression, so that doesn't make Thatcher a new Hitler. Likewise, Costello can't stand Israel defending itself, so we start to see a pattern there.
In any case, the UK was in much better shape when Thatcher left than when she became PM. Leftists will never forgive her for that.

i agree with iwasthere | Reviewer: damnright
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

i have no sympathy for her, she destroyed British industry, she was not some saintly woman who put the good of the working classes on a par with the middle and upper classes.she tried to destroy the working man/woman "lest we get too big for our boots" its disgusting that we ,the tax payer paid for her funeral, she should of been buried in the bottom of a coal mine so she had eternity to think about how she destroyed the lives and communities of miners. god had nothing to do with her she was all devil.

changes | Reviewer: lawrencekedz
    ------ About the song Complicated Shadows performed by Elvis Costello

I've listened to 4 or 5 videos of this song. MR.COSTELLO does explore with different way to express his lyrics. I also found that in one version, he turned the arrangememt, in the verse around. Go ELVIS.

glad shes gone. | Reviewer: iwasthere
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

i lived through her contempt for the working classes both as a schoolboy and as a young man trying to find work. she was a truly evil woman and the world is a better place without her.she refused to impose sanctions on south Africa because her husband had millions of pounds invested it their corrupt society, they wanted to suppress the black mans civil rights over there and thatcher wanted to suppress the working class over here.Minorkle this is nothing to do with god, god didn't give him talent!! he worked at it! you might as well say god made thatcher an evil,hate-full woman, likewise she worked at it.

Had no idea what this song was about. | Reviewer: Wayne
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

So sad really. The human race needs repentance and to submit to God instead of money. You cannot serve two masters God & Money.
I like the sounds of the song. The story is rather deep and sad.

So Brilliant and so right | Reviewer: David.S
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

Thatcher hated working people and helped people with money.She helped lay the foundation of the banking crisis by beliving in deregulation and allowing it.She thought we did not need heavy industry,shut our mines and started our need to import coal and gas.

margaret thatcher was a political whore | Reviewer: mark r
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

After Margaret Thatcher was relieved of her position as P.M. She accepted a position within 5 weeks as a spokesperson for the TOBACCO INDUSTRY ----- All the misery, manipulation, lying, and torturous death that the tobacco industry denied before the American Congress was exposed by a whistle blower 60 minutes --- leading to the recovery of industry out light lies and manipulation in the name of MONEY...... The fact that Margaret Thatcher accepted MONEY to prostitute her name as their spokesperson should give any one on this forum insight into her true political motives while in power.

anger & music | Reviewer: pi
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

Bile and anger about a gifted politica that was a driven sociopath is completely allowed. I agree that it's not one of his best songs. But then, emotions are allowed to take over. He has written sufficiently other good songs. And maybe Tatcher doesn't deserve his best art.

Rest in Peace, Mrs. Thatcher. You sleep well too, E.C. | Reviewer: cowsrmom
    ------ About the song Tramp The Dirt Down performed by Elvis Costello

When I heard that Margaret Thatcher had a stroke and died this morning, I remembered this song immediately and I wondered how Elvis feels today. The lyrics have haunted me over the years. Not knowing much about the political views of the English, I listened hard and knew I would not forget the absolute hatred these lyrics portrayed and wished I could've related to the anger so I could've at least tried to understand. I likened the strong feelings to our own feelings about the political system in my own country, the U.S. where we are vocal about our feelings and so far, free to expound upon them. Though I would never go so far as to say in black and white, in public, that I would love to gloat over the death of anyone, I do understand the powerful emotions that people have toward politicians and their political platforms. They must be a different breed to be able to decide ultimately who will prosper and who will not and like Elvis says, still be able to sleep at night.


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