"Riot Act" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Forever
It doesn't mean forever anymore
I said forever
But it doesn't look like I'm gonna be around much anymore
When the heat gets sub-tropical
And the talk gets so topical

Riot act, you can read me the riot act
You can make me a matter of fact
Or a villain in a million
A slip of the tongue is gonna keep me civilian

Why do you talk such stupid nonsense?
When my mind could rest much easier
Instead of all this dumb-dumb insolence
I would be happier with amnesia

They say forget her
Now it looks like you're either gonna be before me or against me
I got your letter
Now they say I don't care for the color that it paints me
Trying to be so bad is bad enough
Don't make me laugh by talking tough
Don't put your heart out on your sleeve
When your remarks are off the cuff

Riot act, you can read me the riot act
You can make me a matter of fact
Or a villain in a million
A slip of the tongue is gonna keep me civilian

Riot act, you can read me the riot act
You can make me
Riot act, you can read me the riot act
You can read me the riot act
You can read me the riot act
Ooh


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"Riot Act" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General Commentthe song refers to the incident in which Elvis drunkenly called Ray Charles a "blind, ignorant nigger" while fighting with Stephen Stills and his entourage. That "slip of the tongue" cast him as a "villain," unfairly to some extent. Ray accepted his apology so I'm pretty sure it's all good. Plus it inspired Elvis to record an album full of soul-driven songs like this one, so +1
    chowfun18on October 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is about a bad argument.

    When the heat gets subtropical
    When the talk gets so topical

    the heat is getting hot
    and the talk is getting hot too.
    luke108742on December 24, 2014   Link

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