Elvis Costello The River in Reverse 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
  • How long does a promise last?
    How long can a lie be told?
    What would I take in exchange for my soul?
    Would I notice when it was sold?

    Wake me up
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this
    'Cos I don't see how it can get much worse
    What do we have to do to send
    The river in reverse

    Every man a crawling kingsnake
    Every girl a half a heartbreak
    Every woman sold into shame
    To any son without a name

    Are your arms too weak to lift?
    Another shovel on the graveyard shift
    Here comes the flood if you catch my drift
    Where the things that they promised are not a gift

    If man falls through the mirror of a lake
    They fish him out quick and they call him a fake
    Give him all the temptations he can take
    Tie him up high 'til his bones break

    Wake me up
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this
    'Cos I don't see how it can get much worse
    What do we have to do to send
    The river in reverse

    I thought I heard somebody laugh
    Look out your window
    They're chasing shadows in the dark
    They're counting widows

    I felt a sliver of glass
    Saw a cross in splinters
    I felt the truce of spring
    Dig me out of the trench of winter

    So count your blessings when they ask permission
    To govern with money and superstition
    They tell you it's all for your own protection
    'Til you fear your own reflection
    But the times are passing from illumination
    Like bodies falling from a constellation
    An uncivil war divides the nation
    So erase the tape on that final ape running down creation
    Running down creation

    Wake me up
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this


    Written by: Elvis Costello
    Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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