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Elvis Costello

Come Away, Death

(harle/shakespeare)
Come away, come away, death
And in sad cyprus let me be laid
Fie away, fie away, breath
I am slain by a fair cruel maid
My shroud of white stuck all with you
O prepare it
My part of death no one so true
Did share it
Come away, come away, death
Not a flower, not a flower, sweet
On my black coffin let there be strewn
Not a friend, not a friend, greet
My poor corpse where my bones shall be thrown
A thousand thousand sighs to say
Lay me over
Sad true lover never find my grave
To weep there
Come away, come away, death

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Little Triggers

Little triggers that you pull with your tongue.
Little triggers. I dont wanna be hung up, strung up,
When you dont call up.
Little sniggers on your lips.
Little triggers in your grip.
Little triggers. my hand on your hip.
Thinkin all about those censored sequences,
Worryin about the consequences,
Waiting until I come to my senses.
Better put it all in present tenses.
Worryin about the common decency
When it is only a question of frequency
When you say o.k. but I gotta cheek to be
Sayin youre tired of me when you dont even weaken these

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet dreams of you, every night I go through
I should hate you girl the whole night through
Instead Im having sweet dreams all about you
You dont love me its plain
I should have known youd never share my name
Why cant I forget you girl, start loving someone new?
Instead Im having sweet dreams all about you
Why cant I forget my past, start loving someone new?
Instead Im having sweet dreams all about you
Sweet dreams of you, every night I go through
I should hate you girl the whole night through
Instead Im having sweet dreams all about you

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Secondary Modern

This must be the place
Second place in the human race
Down in the basement
Now I know what he meant
Secondary modern
But there must be a problem till the girls go home
This is the hand that you never shook
You never gave me the chance that I took
Secondary modern
But there wont be a problem till the girls go home
Is it out of the question
Between you and me
Is it pleasure or business
Or a packet of three?
Nobody makes me sad like you
Now my whole world goes from blue to blue
Secondary modern
But there wont be a problem till the girls go home...

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Too Far Gone

I can tell somewhere theres someone you love more than me
Someone you love more than me
And it hurts to say it that you have a right to be free
I know thats the way it should be
Oh but Im too far gone
Too far gone
I know Ive loved you too much for too long
And Im too far gone
If ever your new love should hurt you or make you feel blue
Hurt you or make you feel blue
Just remember your old love will still be around loving you
Ill be around loving you
Oh cause Im too far gone
Too far gone
I know Ive loved you too much for too long
And Im too far gone

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Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue

Upon a veil of midnight blue
There hung a crescent moon
To light the view
But I dont whisper the words
When the moment arose
I wonder how he knows
You say your tongue is tied
Your words escape and hide
But hes so patient and kind
Hes prepared to read your mind
Thats very well till you find
Because of the wine you drank
Your mind is still a blank
I wonder how he knows
I guess I will wonder until
I pluck up the courage to tell him
How I feel
So close I can feel his heart tremble
That look in his eyes as they close
I wonder how he knows

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You Left Me In The Dark

See how the elements obey?
Eyes are blue
Skies are grey
Nothing I do can make you stay
I'm glad it will rain today
You left me standing alone
Although I thought that we could not be parted
But if I'd only known
That this would be the last loving remark
You left me in the dark
Then I awoke to my dismay
I thought we'd make it all the way
Allowing myself one more clich
The last hurrah, the first bouquet
You left me standing alone although
I thought that we could not be parted
But if I'd only known
That this would be the last loving remark
You left me in the dark

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The Scarlet Tide (feat. Emmylou Harris)

Well I recall his parting words
Must I accept his fate?
Or take myself far from this place
I thought I heard a black bell toll
A little bird did sing
Man has no choice
When he wants everything
[Chorus:]
We'll rise above the scarlet tide
That trickles down through the mountain
And separates the widow from the bride
Man goes beyond his own decision
Gets caught up in the mechanism
Of swindlers who act like kings
And brokers who break everything
The dark of night was swiftly fading
Close to the dawn of the day
Why would I want him
Just to lose him again
[Chorus 2x]

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Little Savage

I would have waited all my life
Just to make love out of something other than spite
But the beauty is the beast youre baiting
Should really be worth the waiting
You do something very special to
Mr. average
Now the lamb lies with the lion
Hes just a little savage
And so you turn your back on me
And all the hot air that only echoes stale tobacco
Actions speak louder now than words
By just a fraction
Whats the use of saying I love you whe Im drinking to distraction
We save our sanity
By saying such and such
After all its been discussed
You say you must be touched
(chorus)

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The Element Within Her

Its the element within her
Something under her skin
That is shining out through the face of the girl
Two sapphires and couple of rows of pearls
Its just a part of it
Like your fine tresses
You know what my guess is
La la la la la la la la la la la
He was a playboy
Could charm the birds right out of the trees
Now he says what do I do with these?
La la la la la la la la la la la
This love in my heart
Let no-one set asunder
Sometimes I wonder
La la la la la la la la la la la
But back in the bedroom
With her electric heater
I say are you cold?
She says no, but you are la

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