"The Loved Ones" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Don`t get smart or sarcastic
He snaps back just like elastic
Spare us the theatrics and the verbal gymnastics
We break wise guys just like matchsticks

What would the loved ones say
Your pride and joy is all blown up
What would the loved ones say
The bride and boy are barely grown up
You`re not my particular poison
I`ve got nothing against you myself
You could have been a danger to the boys and girls
Now you`re a danger to yourself

Oh what would the loved ones say
What would the loved ones say
Oh what would the loved ones say
What would the loved ones say

The ugly little dreams run round your bed
The ugly little scenes you get the needle and no thread
They stitched you up this time
They say you`ll do
They bitch about your pretty face, turning ugly on you

The butcher the baker and the bassline maker
Sayin' you can leave her, I can take her
You spend your whole life like a minute or two later
One day its going to end sooner than greater

What would the loved ones say
He`ll be remembered young and pretty
What would the loved ones say
Now he`s a hit in every city
Now there`s a name we'll never forget
There`s one born every minute or two
Don't pin a medal on me yet
They might be waiting for you

Oh what would the loved ones say
What would the loved ones say
Oh what would the loved ones say
What would the loved ones say

PPS I l-o-v-e y-o-u
PPS I l-o-v-e y-o-u
PPS I l-o-v-e y-o-u
PPS I l-o-v-e y-o-u


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"The Loved Ones" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentCould be about him getting popular and having a reputation for being a little ornery. Of course the next time I hear this I will have completely changed my mind about the whole thing.
    ataglantzon September 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentElvis has said the song is poking fun at the artiste who sees himself as a tortured, misunderstood genius. Most of the lines are delivered by a more straightforward character, someone who sees right through him.

    Elvis uses this disinterested observer to subject himself to off-the-cuff but deeply cutting self-parody: "You're not my particular poison/I've got nothing against you myself," followed by concern that the cerebral rocker's affected pose of despair could have represented a "danger to the boys and girls" who became fans. But he's fallen so far into disrepair (in both his career and personal life), he's become merely a "danger to [him]self."
    foreverdroneon June 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyou are of course correct. "they stitched you up this time/they say you'll do..." he took quite a few beatings: not only in the press, but in the face also. after considerable provocation, as I'm sure most folks have already heard.
    foreverdroneon June 17, 2008   Link

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