"Senior Service" as written by and Elvis Costello....
[Chorus:]
Senior service
Junior dissatisfaction
It's a breath you took too late
It's a death that's worse than fate

Senior service
Junior dissatisfaction
Though it may be second hand
It's by no means second rate

I want your neck
I want the seat that you sit at
I want your check
Because they told me I would get on
I want to chop off your head and watch it roll into the basket
If you should drop dead tonight then they won't have to ask me twice

[Chorus]

They took me in the office and they told me very carefully
The way that I could benefit from death and disability

[Chorus]

I want your company car
I want your girlfriend and love
I want your place at the bar
Because there's always another man
To chop off your head and watch it roll into the basket
If you should drop dead tonight then they won't have to ask me twice

[Chorus]


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"Senior Service" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentSenior Service was (or is) a brand of cigarettes in England...song makes more sense now doesn't it? ; ) They took me in the office and they told me very carefully
    The way that I could benefit from death and disability

    Smoking is coooooool!!!!
    jakeBPon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is Elvis's neurotic comment on the world of work. Senior Service are working-class cigarettes, furthering the idea. He discusses how it's impossible to form any fraternal bonds with your coworkers when you know that their misfortune is ultimately to your advantage.
    hinthinton February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHow many songwriters would write such an incredibly clever chorus, then perform it at such breakneck speed you can barely understand it? Most would want to go slow enough to emphasize each syllable, making sure you "get it". (Elvis is confident he can write another one.) The song could only work at this tempo; it has the feeling of urgency suitable to an environment where you have to watch your back, "because there's always another..."
    foreverdroneon June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFrom Armed Forces, aka Emotional Fascism. I read the whole record as a play on corporate life, organizations and life in hierarchic groups. This song's narrator obviously wants the place of his superior and hates his life in the corporate ladder.
    Gadgetyon December 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn addition to being a brand of cigarettes, the armed forces in the UK are ranked, with the navy being the highest rank, or called senior service. The cigarettes are supposedly very rough cut and geared for macho men. Therefore on another level, he's unhappy with the macho types as well.
    quampon March 08, 2014   Link

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