"Suit of Lights" as written by and Elvis Costello....
While Nat King Cole sings "Welcome To My World"
You request some song you hate, you sentimental fool
And it's the force of habit
If it moves then you fuck it
If it doesn't move you stab it

And I thought I heard "The Working Man's Blues"
He went to work that night and wasted his breath
Outside there was a public execution
Inside he died a thousand deaths

And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they put him in a suit of lights

In the perforated first editions
Where they advocate the hangman's noose
Then tell the sorry tale of the spent Princess
Her uncouth escort looking down her dress

Anyway they say that she wears the trousers
And learnt everything that she does
And doesn't know if she should tell him yes
Or let him go

And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they put him in a suit of lights

Well it's a dog's life in a rope leash or a diamond collar
It's enough to make you think right now
But you don't bother
For goodness sake as you cry and shake
Let's keep you face down in the dirt where you belong
And think of all the pleasure that it brings
Though you know that it's wrong

And there's still life in your body
But most of it's leaving
Can't you give us all a break
Can't you stop breathing

And I thought I heard "The Working Man's Blues"
I went to work that night and wasted my breath
Outside they're painting tar on somebody
It's the closest to a work of art that they will ever be

And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they pulled him out of the cold cold ground
And they put him in a suit of lights
And they put him in a suit of lights
And they put him in a suit of lights


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"Suit of Lights" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentWell, it means a lot to me, but the intended meaning goes like this: Elvis wrote this song about his dad, who was a miner, hence the pulled out of the ground references. Suit of lights is a reference to entertainers of his dad's day who wore eleaborate costumes and did vegas style shows. the suits ere glittery and his father was a failed entertainer who did it on weekends, kind of on a for hire basis, without a lot of success, but worked as a miner during the week. I heard this explanation on the BBC once when i was on vacation.
    lolly99on September 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti thought his father was a band leader for the Joe Loss orchestra!? I didn't know he was a miner!
    uncomplicatedon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTraje de luces (Suit of Lights) is worn by bullfighters.
    sdz896542on November 09, 2016   Link

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