"Elvis Impersonator: Blackpool Pier" as written by and Bradfield/edwards/jones/moore....
20 ft. high on Blackpool promenade
Fake royalty second hand sequin facade
Limited face paint and dyed black quiff
Overweight and out of date
Overweight and out of date

Oh well

American trilogy in Lancashire pottery
American trilogy in Lancashire pottery
Is so fucking funny, don't you know
Is so fucking funny, don't you know

All American trilogy in used up cars and bottled beer
All American trilogy the future's dead, fundamentally
It's so fucking funny, it's absurd
It's so fucking funny, it's absurd

20 ft. high on Blackpool promenade


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    General Comment It's about a statue of Elvis that is located on blackpool pier well literally anyway. It's also a comment on the americanisation of britain or so I read somewhere. The irony of having an american hero built out of lancashire pottery.
    MissDon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a guy who's about to commit suicide by jumping of Blackpool Pier, because he feels 'overweight and out of date'
    Zed92ukon August 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWe take so much from America but what have they got to give? Elvis Presley, Mickey Mouse, Playboy Magazine and McDonalds. 'It's so fucking funny, it's absurd'.
    man_kills_everythingon October 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYes, just the way that Britain is just trying to become a smaller version of America, right down to the tiniest detail. I think this applies to now more than it did when it came out.
    Songmeaningsuseron March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyou would never expect something this harsh to feature a harp as a significant part of it
    pumkinhedon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentbut what's with the line "all american trilogy"?
    pumkinhedon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentalthough it is not very likely (according to nicky wire enola/alone is a melancholic song inspired by looking at a picture taken at his wedding of several people of whom two - richey edwards and philip hall - were not in his life anymore), mirroring 'alone' to 'enola' may partly have been inspired by the fact that THE PLANE THAT DROPPED THE ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA WAS CALLED 'ENOLA GAY'. At 2:45 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber, the 'Enola Gay', took off from Tinian, a North Pacific island in the Marianas, 1,500 miles south of Japan. The twelve-man crew were on board to make sure this secret mission went smoothly. Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot, nicknamed the B-29 'Enola Gay' after his mother. Just before take-off, the plane's nickname was painted on its side.
    LaTragedieHumaineon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmericana in Britain-very relevant!
    my nothingon May 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"American trilogy" was a medley of songs performed by Elvis. Anyway, the meanings's clear. One of my favorite album openers ever.
    donniedarko28on March 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou're excused. In fact, you're excused from the conversation entirely.
    annie sanguinettion April 23, 2009   Link

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