Elvis Costello Watching the Detectives Lyrics

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  • 1 It Was Recorded Almost by Accident
  • 2 Watching the Detectives
  • 3 It Was the Ballad of This Year's Model
  • 4 Little Triggers
  • 5 It Has Mick Jones of the Clash Playing Guitar
  • 6 Big Tears
  • 7 It Was About People Meeting in the Night at a Hotel, Not a Complicated Story
  • 8 Motel Matches
  • 9 It's a More Regretful Song
  • 10 Riot Act
  • 11 It Was More the Expression Came to Mind
  • 12 Kid About It
  • 13 I Told a Tale, Which You Have to Listen to the Lyrics
  • 14 Man Out of Time
  • 15 An Example of One of Those Songs That Nearly Got Away
  • 16 Love Field
  • 17 The Main Body of the Song Is Very Repetitive, It's Supposed to Be Like That
  • 18 I Want You
  • 19 I'm Glad to Get the Opportunity to Put the Word to the Fore
  • 20 Invasion Hit Parade
  • 21 It's Kind of a Gospel Song
  • 22 Bedlam
  • 23 It's More of the Idea That We Are in a Flow Towards a Way of Living
  • 24 The River in Reverse
  • Nice girls, not one with a defect
    Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
    Red dogs under illegal x
    She looks so good that he gets down and begs

    [Chorus]
    She is watching the detectives
    "Ooh, he's so cute"
    She is watching the detectives
    When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
    They beat him up until the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

    Long shot at that jumping sign
    Invisible shivers running down my spine
    Cut to baby taking off her clothes
    Close-up of the sign that says "We never close"
    He snatches at you and you match his cigarette
    She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
    I don't know how much more of this I can take
    She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake

    She is watching the detectives
    "Ooh, he's so cute"
    She is watching the detectives
    Oh when they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
    They beat him up until the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

    You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
    Now fear is here to stay, love is here for a visit
    They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
    Someone's scratching at the window, I wonder who is it?
    The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
    Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
    Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
    It only took my little fingers to blow you away

    Just like watching the detectives
    Don't get cute
    Just like watching the detectives
    I get so angry when the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

    Watching the detectives
    It's just like watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives

    Watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    They're watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives

    Written by: Elvis Costello
    Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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