Elvis Costello Ghost Train Lyrics

New Amsterdam Track Listing
7" Vinyl 1
  • 1 New Amsterdam
  • 2 Dr. Luther’s Assistant
  • 3 Ghost Train
  • 4 Just a Memory
  • Maureen and Stan were looking for a job
    They got songs for every occasion
    And a little limelight robbery
    No one will employ them
    There's nothing to decide
    So he autographs his overdraft
    While she goes out of her mind
    Stuck on the wall with a thousand faces
    Unwanted posters of the haunted places

    [Chorus]
    Roll up for the ghost train
    Non-stop through the city
    Step right up and show your face
    We only want the pretty ones
    Roll up for the ghost train
    Non-stop through the city
    Step right up and show your face
    We only want the pretty ones

    Maureen and Stan at the skating rink
    Looking for the drummer who threw up in the sink
    Laughing and singing, dressed up like dice
    Maybe they could freeze to death out there on the ice
    Look at the graceful way she dances
    On foot speaks, the other answers

    [Chorus]

    She plays the queen of the fleapit
    He plays a Spanish guitar
    He got a black eye from a waitress
    She's not seeing any stars
    You can be refused, you can be replaced
    You can change your name but you can't change your face
    While they make believe it's just another holiday
    They turn on each other when they hear that joker say

    Roll up for the ghost train
    Non-stop through the city
    Step right up and show your face
    We only want the pretty ones
    Roll up for the ghost train
    We only want the pretty ones

    Written by: Elvis Costello
    Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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