"American Without Tears #2 (Twilight Version)" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Outside in New Orleans the heat was almost frightening
But my hotel room as usual was freezing and unkind
On TV they prosecute anyone who's exciting
So I put on my overcoat and went down to find

In Revlon and crimpelene they captured my heart
To the strain of a piano and a cocktail murderess
She was singing that "It's Too Late", I agreed with that part
For two English girls who had changed their address

Oh it seems we've been crying for years and for years
Now I don't speak any English, just American without tears
Just American without tears

One had been a beauty queen and the other was her friend
They had known rogues and rascals and showbiz impresarios
While the boys were licking Hitler they had something to defend
From men armed with chewing gum and fine nylon hose
By a bicycle factory as they sounded the siren
And returned into the dance hall she knew he was the one
Though he wasn't tall or handsome she laughed when he told her
"I'm the Sheriff of Nottingham and this is Little John"

Oh it seems we've been crying for years and for years
Now I don't speak any English, just American without tears
Just American without tears

At a dock in Southampton full of tearful goodbyes
Newsreel commentators said "Cheerio, G.I. brides"
Soon they'll be finding the cold facts and lies
New words for suspenders and young girls backsides

Now I'm in America and running from you
Like my grandfather before me walked the streets of New York
And I think of all the women I pretend mean more than you
When I open my mouth and I can't seem to talk

Oh it seems we've been crying for years and for years
Now I don't speak any English just American without tears
Just American without tears
Oh it seems we've been crying for years and for years
Now I don't speak any English just American without tears
Just American without tears


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"American Without Tears" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentThese are the lyrics for the version of "American Without Tears" that appears on "King Of America." The actual lyrics for this song are:

    December 1965 in Caracas
    When Arnie LaFlamme took his piece of the pie
    When he packed up the casino chips, the IOU, & the abacus
    & switched off the jukebox in a "A Fool Such As I"

    He was a leg man who was open to offers
    But he couldn't get her off his mind as he passed the tourist office
    & as he entertained himself singing just like Sammy Davis Junior
    He toyed with a trip to Miami

    For money like that
    He could have sweet talk in your ear
    Now they don't speak any English
    Just American without tears

    It was an idea that he dandled on his knee
    & nursed it like his coffee cup when he couldn't find any other way
    It always seemed to come to him while the day was dipping down
    & sun was like a light bulb being swallowed by a clown

    He took her for everything, he took her for his only one
    He took her out of Coventry & over to Idaho
    But the war wound that he carried home wasn't really visible
    When the bullets were forgotten, she lived dowdy, down, & miserable

    & she seemed to be crying for year after year
    & said, "You don't speak any English
    Just American between tears."

    "Arnie," she said to me, "Will you turn down the radio?
    You haven't slept a wink since we came to Havana.
    When're you gonna get the strength to go over to Florida?
    All you ever listen to is 'The Voice of America.'"

    It was the story of a young English poppet
    Who took up with a soldier boy & thought she would profit
    Just like me she found out what true love is about
    Anyway, she's in New Orleans; it would never work out

    Oh, she seemed to be crying for year after year
    Now you don't speak any English
    Just American between tears
    Just American without tears

    For you seem to be crying for year after year
    Now you don't speak any English
    Just American without tears
    Just American without tears
    vchamberlainon September 04, 2015   Link

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