"The Fall Of The World's Own Optimist" as written by Aimee Mann and Elvis Costello....
There's no charity in you
And that surprises me
I guess I thought you were a golden idol
'Cause I called you majesty
On the balustrade
You watched me hunt for tips I was obliged to pick up
From the passing trade

Hey, kids, look at this
It's the fall of the world's own optimist
I could get back up if you insist
But you'll have to ask politely
'Cause the eggshells I've been treading
Couldn't spare me a beheading
And I'll know I had it coming
From a Caesar who was only slumming
Hey, kids, look at this
It's the fall of the world's own optimist

Well, I could have objections
Which you could override
But what's the point, we're only flogging the horse
When the horseman has up and died
Once I testified
And swore I'd never leave a stone unturned,
I bet you're really glad that I lied

Hey, kids, look at this
It's the fall of the world's own optimist
I could get back up if you insist
But you'll have to ask politely
'Cause the eggshells I've been treading
Couldn't spare me a beheading
And I'll know I had it coming
From a Caesar who was only slumming
Hey, kids, look at this
It's the fall of the world's own optimist

Hey, kids, look at this
It's the fall of the world's own optimist
I could get back up if you insist
But you'll have to ask politely
Yes, you'll have to ask politely
Yes, you'll have to ask


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"The Fall of the World's Own Optimist" as written by Elvis Costello Aimee Mann

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    General CommentI really like the lyrics and the picture which they build up of someone who is idolised but turns out to be worthless because they lack "charity" in the old fashioned sense of "love"
    user1951on March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more about Aimee writing songs with Elvis Costello
    oliver_cfcon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think you're both right. I've always thought this song was about meeting and working with Elvis Costello--I mean, the song could be applied to any situation where, as user1951 put it, you idolized someone only to realize they didn't really deserve it for one reason or another. I think the basic plot of the song is that the narrator got to be around/work with someone she really admired, only to be cast aside (the eggshells I've been treading couldn't spare me a beheading...from a Caesar who was only slumming) for being beneath him or for not idolizing him enough...something like that. But plot aside, I think it's just about disappointment in someone you used to admire.
    EnidCaulfieldon March 04, 2008   Link

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