"Pump It Up" as written by and Elvis Costello....
I've been on tenderhooks, ending in dirty looks
List'ning to the Muzak, thinking 'bout this 'n' that
She said, "That's that, I don't want to chitter-chat"
Turn it down a little bit or turn it down flat
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it

Down in the pleasure center, hell-bent or heaven-sent
Listen to the propaganda, listen to the latest slander
There's nothing underhand that she wouldn't understand
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it

She's been a bad girl, she's like a chemical
Though you try to stop it, she's like a narcotic
You want to torture her, you want to talk to her
All the things you bought for her, putting up your temperature
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it

Out in the fashion show, down in the bargain bin
You put your passion out under the pressure pin
Fall into submission, hit-and-run transmission
No use wishing now for any other sin
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it


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"Pump It Up" as written by Elvis Costello

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  • +1
    General CommentComing from a second-hand source, Elvis once said that the song's about a night out with a bit of "assisted insomnia"

    (Best drug euphemism ever, by the by)
    pumkinhedon October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRamones were great, so is Elvis C. ILoveLife full of hate for someone using Love in their name...and by the way, Ramones excelled at their instruments.
    kevwizon October 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentElvis Costello is more punk than anybody ive ever heard. And I still hate the Ramones, because they suck and cant play instruments. Costello is the most talented musician and song writer in punk music.

    This song is pretty much just about giving in to the flow and having fun. He deems that hes just been on tender hooks and people look down on him, like his parents (turn it down flat!) and possibly his girlfriend (he bought things for her and tried to please her but she was too smug to give a shit). So, he just listens to music and partys all the goddam time.
    ILOVELIFEon January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut in a way, aren't all songs about masturbation?
    pumkinhedon March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHOW can you hate Ramones? I agree that Costello is pretty punk, but your sterotyping the ramones into the beginning of their career.
    Staticburn89on May 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPumpkinhed - only if you're Freud.
    whapcapnon December 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've studied Freud, however briefly, and though some are fairly straightforward in naming, some can be twisted just enough to make them dirty by certain idiots.....like me.
    pumkinhedon May 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I did once have a cello masterclass with Phillip Sheppard, who claimed that all music is about sex or death...

    (more on that story later)
    whapcapnon May 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS NOT ABOUT MASTURBATION, YOU FUCTARD!!
    wadewriteron July 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm fairly sure it's about having a wank, mate.

    However, what's wrong with that? Self-love is the purest, and safest kind of love
    SMCon August 22, 2006   Link

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