Elvis Costello New Amsterdam Lyrics

New Amsterdam Track Listing
7" Vinyl 1
  • 1 New Amsterdam
  • 2 Dr. Luther’s Assistant
  • 3 Ghost Train
  • 4 Just a Memory
  • You're sending me tulips mistaken for lilies
    You give me your lip after punching me silly
    You turned my head till it rolled down the brain drain
    If I had any sense now I wouldn't want it back again

    New Amsterdam it's become much too much
    Till I have the possession of everything she touches
    Till I step on the brake to get out of her clutches
    Till I speak double dutch to a real double duchess

    Down on the mainspring, listen to the tick tock
    Clock all the faces that move in on your block
    Twice shy and dog tired because you've been bitten
    Everything you say now sounds like it was ghost-written

    New Amsterdam it's become much too much
    Till I have the possession of everything she touches
    Till I step on the brake to get out of her clutches
    Till I speak double dutch to a real double duchess

    Back in London they'll take you to heart after a little while
    Though I look right at home I still feel like an exile

    Somehow I found myself down at the dockside
    Thinking about the old days of Liverpool and Rotherhithe
    The transparent people who live on the other side
    Living a life that is almost like suicide

    New Amsterdam it's become much too much
    Till I have the possession of everything she touches
    Till I step on the brake to get out of her clutches
    Till I speak double dutch to a real double duchess

    Written by: Elvis Costello
    Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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