Current Elvis Costello song fixation

Such a good song! It is only two minutes and ten seconds, so it packs a lot in there. Hardly any break from singing, and the lyrics are pretty awesome! Rhyming (touches, clutches, duchess for one), and wordplay (Til I step on the brake to get out of her clutches for one). Brilliant stuff.

And if that was not enough, Elvis played all the instruments on this version! He was 25 at the time.

Acoustic guitar sounds great with a very fitting bassline.

“New Amsterdam” is from his fourth album, Get Happy!!. It was also released as a single in a few forms.

You’re sending me tulips mistaken for lilies
You give me your lip after punching me silly
You turn 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
‘Til I have the possession of everything she touches
‘Til I step on the brake to get out of her clutches
‘Til I speak double dutch to a real double duchess

Down on the main spring listen to the tick-tock
Collect all the faces that move in your lot
Twice-shy and dog-tied because you’ve been bitten
Everything you say now sounds like it was ghost-written

New Amsterdam it’s become much too much
‘Til I have the possession of everything she touches
‘Til I step on the brake to get out of her clutches
‘Til 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
Transparent people who live on the other side
Living a life that is almost like suicide

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

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