Here in the bar, the boys like to have fun
There`s a wager lost and an argument won
There`s a stone-washed damsel on a junk food run

It`s a kinder murder
There`s a ladder to heaven from a battered stiletto
Spitting out the words that he put into her mouth
See her in silhouette going down south

It`s a kinder murder
It`s a kinder murder

She could have kept her knees together
Should have kept her mouth shut

It`s a kinder murder
It`s a kinder murder

Jimmy took her down to the perimeter fence
He was back in half an hour, he said he left her senseless
Then he went back to his regiment

It`s a kinder murder
The officer said it has to be denied
There`s a tear-stained would-be teenage bride
All the family pride in the little ram-rider

It`s a kinder murder
It`s a kinder murder

She could have kept her knees together
Should have kept her mouth shut

It`s a kinder murder
It`s a kinder murder

The child went missing and the photo fit his face
Dishonored Jimmy just read about the case
He said that he was just taking up space

It`s a kinder murder
Jimmy took his best friend`s keys from the pile on the table in a flash
He was dreaming of the pigskin seats and the walnut dash
The knickers in her handbag and the one false eyelash

It`s a kinder murder
It`s a kinder murder

She could have kept her knees together
Could have kept her mouth shut

It`s a kinder murder [4x]


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Kinder Murder Lyrics as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentThe third stanza has the best lyrics about sex ever. Ever. So hot, but in that literary, Elvis-y way. Mmmm. Anyway. It's about a guy in the army who impregnates a teenage civilian. The line "He left her senseless" was changed to "He fucked her senseless" during the tour, so that part's pretty incontestable. So yeah, he knocks the girl up, and she tries to marry him. His superiors are all, "we can't let this get out to the press." He thinks it's her fault, he doesn't want anything to do with her or the baby, "she could have kept her knees together/could have kept her mouth shut." So he pressures her into an abortion, the 'kinder murder'. The end, I'm not so sure about. "He said he was just taking up space"...he commits suicide by crashing the car? Hmm. Anyway, this is an absolutely brilliant song, great guitar and vocals and everything in addition to the lyrics. One of the best album-openers ever.
    chaordicon April 09, 2004   Link

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