"Veronica" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
Is it all in that pretty little head of yours?
What goes on in that place in the dark?
Well I used to know a girl and I would have
Sworn that her name was Veronica
Well she used to have a carefree mind of her
Own and a delicate look in her eye
These days I'm afraid she's not even sure if her
Name is Veronica

Do you suppose, that waiting hands on eyes,
Veronica has gone to hide?
And all the time she laughs at those who shout
Her name and steal her clothes

Did the days drag by? Did the favors wane?
Did he roam down the town all the time?
Will you wake from your dream, with a wolf at
The door, reaching out for Veronica
Well it was all of sixty-five years ago
When the world was the street where she lived
And a young man sailed on a ship in the sea
With a picture of Veronica
On the "Empress of India"
And as she closed her eyes upon the world and
Picked upon the bones of last week's news
She spoke his name out loud again


Veronica sits in her favorite chair and she sits
Very quiet and still
And they call her a name that they never get
Right and if they don't then nobody else will
But she used to have a carefree mind of her
Own, with devilish look in her eye
Saying "You can call me anything you like, but
My name is Veronica"


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"Veronica" as written by Elvis Costello, Paul James Mccartney

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General CommentMost compelling "biography" song ever written, IMO. I remember when my grandmother died, I kept myself together like a good man and read a touching eulogy. On the drive from the church to the cemetery this song came on the radio... somewhat ironically. No one else in my family noticed it and the mood had gone from somber to light-hearted anyway. But when it got to the bridge where he mentions the Empress of India I completely a totally lost it a sobbed like a baby.
    Matty Dubson December 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor me, "And they call her a name that they never get right *and if they don't then nobody else will*" is the absolute heartbreaker. Nobody else will get her name right because nobody else ever comes. She turned her back on the world after she lost her sailor - and has ended up forgotten and alone. "And as she closed her eyes upon the world and picked up the bones of last week's news She spoke his name out loud again" Now, at last, she has even mostly forgotten herself. That's the wolf at the door. All of us exist in a dream of youth and beauty, but there's a wolf waiting at the door, reaching out to snatch us away.
    Telethaon January 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTalk about contrast! A wonderfully light tune with a heartbreakingly sad lyric. Not to mention the irony of creating an unforgettable hook for a song about someone with Alzheimer's disease.
    rgforeston March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgrandmother's senility
    zolotoon January 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song
    Emanual200on June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice song
    Darekaon June 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. my favorite that i havent heard in like 8 years
    Sweetangelon June 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song. I really like the video too, nice touch having him give a background/meaning to the song, and how he sang over the track at some points.
    amyshon February 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, costelllo is just amazing, and idol in all respects, and an awesome live act. this song would have to be one of my 3 or 4 favouriites of his. Touching Lyric with a great tune easily adapted accousticly, wonderful!
    THE LIVING ENDon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just saw the acoustic video too. It was really, really good. Very cute but also very sad... the technique was very good too. I liked when they had very face combined with the flower... I think that bit came out really well.

    But yeah it definetly about a old woman, probably his grandmother or mother slowly falling victim to alzheimer's or something similar. The same thing happened to my grandmother...
    TheSilverNobleon September 05, 2006   Link

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