"Black and White World" as written by and Elvis Costello....
I was looking at the black and white world
It seemed so exciting
If you`d only put me back to back with that girl
When the night`s inviting
With just a little lighting
There`ll never be days like that again
When I was just a boy and men were men
You never go from moment to moment
You`re the living double of a single fiction
You`re very colorful with your compliments
As you feel the finger`s friction
It`s a freeze-frame
Still it`s real life
You don`t want to look
Cause you've seen the film and you`ve read the book

I was looking at the black and white world
Trying to name some pin-up
Those days she was just a beautiful girl
Now she`s framed and hung up
I thought she was young
Up until I saw her last night in close detail
Though they all fade away when you`re so pale
It`s more than just a physical attraction
It starts with a face and ends up a fixation
But you`re never gonna feel a fraction
Of the way it used to work on your imagination
When you were looking at the black and white world...


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"Black and White World" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentThis song is about the disparity between the idealized version of sex the narrator imagined while he was a boy masturbating compared to his disappointment with the real thing. As is usual in an Elvis song there are numerous clever puns and double-meanings. I am not certain but I think he actually meets and sleeps with the pin-up girl he was fixated upon as a boy - and he finds that the real thing is not nearly as nice as it works in his imagination. Or maybe he doesn't meet the pin-up girl - just a *real* woman instead of an imaginary woman.Another Elvis hymm of sexual angst.
    moikon May 21, 2005   Link

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