"I'm Not Angry" as written by and Elvis Costello....
You're upstairs with the boyfriend while I'm left here to listen (angry)
I hear you calling his name, I hear the stutter of ignition (angry)
I could hear you whispering as I crept by your door
So you found some other joker who could please you more

I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)

Ooh, I know what you're doin'
I know where you've been
I know where, but I don't care
'Cause there's-a no such thing as an original sin

I've got this camera click, click, clickin' in my head (angry)
I got you talking with your hands, got you smiling with your legs (angry)
Spent all my time in a vanity factory
Wonderin' when they're gonna come and take it all back

I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)

Ooh, I know what you're doin'
I know where you've been
I know where, but I don't care
'Cause there's-a no such thing as an original sin

Yeah, yeah
Oh, there's no such thing as an original sin
Oh, there's-a no such thing as an original sin (angry)
I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry anymore (angry)
I'm not angry (angry)


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"I'm Not Angry" as written by Elvis Costello

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  • +1
    General Commentlike, i think this song is totally weird cuz he says hes not angry but like, the way he sings is totally mad. elvis costellos totally a crazy DOOD.
    damagedgoodson July 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe best song on My Aim Is True.
    A Vacant Andyon June 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot really an unreliable narrator... that's a little different from this case. He's not really talking to the audience, seems to be more talking to the girl who was cheating on him (I think) and trying to convince he that's he's not angry, though he clearly is. Perhaps so she won't feel bad cause he still likes her, or perhaps so she won't get the satisfactio of making him angry. It's not really clear what type of woman she is.
    TheSilverNobleon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's the latter TheSilverNoble, i think he's trying to prove to the girl that he's not angry so she won't get the satisfaction, although he's clearly seething! I love the line
    "I hear you calling his name
    I hear the stutter of ignition"
    so scathing!
    uncomplicatedon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this guy and girl are into eachother and the girl is trying to get a rise out of him by being with other guys. but he doens't wnat to give her that satisfaction by being jealous (even though he is) and might be implying that he has done the same to her because he says "there is not such thing as original sin"--like he did it first.
    jellybellyellieon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNo, he's not angry. He's moved on. He's filled with cold rage!

    One of the great emotional cauldron songs in rock.

    BTW, "the vanity factory" was the cosmetics company, Elizabeth Arden, where Costello did data entry.
    LuckyTownon September 18, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed, A Vacant Andy.
    getaccusedon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song has an example of what in literature is called an "unreliable narrator." the narrator repeatedly claims what the listener clearly understands is the opposite of the reality!
    moikon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the angriest songs ever.
    rkpetersenon May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe piano makes it.
    JazzButcheron March 10, 2008   Link

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