"Big Sister's Clothes" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Sheep to the slaughter, oh I thought this must be love
All your sons and daughters, in a strangle hold with a kid glove
She's got eyes like saucers, oh you think she's a dish
She is the blue chip that belongs to the big fish

But it's easier to say "I love you"
Than "Yours sincerely"; I suppose
All little sisters like to try on big sister's clothes
Big sister's clothes

The sport of kings, the old queen's heart
The prince in darkness stole some tart
And it's in the papers, it's in the charts
It's in the stop press before it all starts

With a hammer on the slap and tickle under grisly garments
With all the style and finesse of the purchase of armaments
Compassion went out of fashion
That's all your concern meant
Sweat it out for thirty seconds on home improvements

But it's easier to say "I love you"
Than "Yours sincerely"; I suppose
All little sisters like to try on big sister's clothes
Big sister's clothes
Big sister's clothes
Big sister's clothes


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"Big Sister's Clothes" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentI can't believe no one comments on these gems by Elvis. "The Right Spectacle" DVD has him performing this live on Swedish TV. Sweating like a pig in a sweater.

    Clearly he seems to be commenting on a woman that has no feeling - "with all the style and finesse of the purchase of armaments" and "Compassion went out of fashion" indicates that he thought she was a "dish" but she is cold. She doesn't like sex - she "sweats it out for thirty seconds". The area I haven't figured out is what the big sister has to do with it yet. The song "Big Sister" seems to mention that the younger sister does what the older sister does or maybe, she is flirting with Elvis as a jealousy thing. Happened to me --younger sister flirts with older sister's boyfriend. Maybe the song is about the guy that is attracted to the younger sister...."she is the blue chip that belongs to the big fish" (older sister). Great melody!
    Motown1on July 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a political song about Maggie Thacher.

    I can't explain it, but EC himself wrote it in response to the Falklands. The BBC version has it paired with "Stand Down Margret".
    kinghorseon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs well as being about the Falklands it is also a comment on the proliferation of nuclear arms -

    "She is the blue chip that belongs to the big fish"
    "All little sisters like to try on big sister's clothes
    Big sister's clothes"
    "With all the style and finesse of the purchase of armaments"

    Countries wanting to build their own nuclear bombs

    "Sweat it out for thirty seconds on home improvements"
    "It's in the stop press before it all starts"

    The reality of this proliferation
    William the conkeron March 16, 2008   Link

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