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Elvis Costello – Goon Squad Lyrics 5 years ago
I think there is a strong undertone of a dog at the music business.
"They said they'd make me major if I met all their demands", could be a reference to an elevation of status from independent artist to "Major" .

"They've come to look you over and they're giving you the eye
Goon squad
They want you to come out to play
You'd better say goodbye"
I think this is a reference to being scouted by an A&R guy and the lamp shade reference is the contempt that record companies held for their artists would allow them to mold the artist into what they think he/she should be.

"They pat some good boys on the back and put some to the rod
But I never thought they'd put me in the

Goon squad..."

I think given Elvis's unchangeable individuality, there was no way he thought he would be offered a place in the mainstream recording world along side the likes of pop stars, the "Goon Squad"

All the other clever word play before the choruses are for the sake of highlighting the extremity of what he could have, (more likely), done rather than being in the "Goon squad"

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