"15 Petals" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Fifteen petals
One for every year I spent with you
Jewels and precious metals will never do

I love you twisted
And I love you straight
I'd write it down but I can't concentrate
Words don't me obey they do as they please
And all I am left with is these

Fifteen petals
One for every year I spent with you
Jewels and precious metals will never do

The thorn is blunted
And the perfume will fade
I stand where sun is set
I crave the shade
Down in the tavern with Mary and Joe
Palms reached for alms as they throw

Fifteen petals
One for every hour that we're apart
Tears and useless battles
I'll never start

Mussolini highway
There's a frankincense tree
I picked some up there to carry with me
You take me to places where I never go
I love you more than you know

Fifteen petals
Scattered in the path where you will tread
Fifteen petals
Of vivid red

One wine bar vamp with the polythene face
Ein Panzer Kommander with no hair in place
The crooked battalions drilled holes in the square


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"15 Petals" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentThis song rocks. I can't believe how good this whole album is. My Favourite line in this song is "Ein Panzer Kommander with no hair in place" - It's so evocative.
    Nicolason September 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe song does rock indeed. Love the dada-esque last stanza.
    chaordicon April 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great...I think personally that it's about religion (christian/catholic specifically) and some of the bad shit it's done in Jesus's name. I believe Jesus's 'time' in his adult life was 15 years (from a friend of mine). He loves us twisted/straight, he'd write it down but can't concentrate (his apostles wrote the new testament, etc). Jewels and precious metals will never do. Down in the tavern with Mary and Joe...obviously. Thorn is blunted, Mussolini highway (Rome), Tears and useless battles
    I'll never start (he didn't start them, others did in his name). Frankincense tree....my thought anyway, and I'm not religious at all...
    jakeBPon March 31, 2005   Link

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