Trying to be too bad
Trying to talk too tough
Trying to jack the lad
You'd think he'd had enough

But he's not the man you'd think that he can be
I just don't know why you can't see
That he is only the impostor
That he is only the impostor

You've never been this far
You've always been too smart
And you know all our boys
Are really girls at heart

But he's not
When I said that I was lying I might have been lying
Never let me hear you say you're not trying

This is your big decision
Hope you're not disappointed
He's got double vision
When you want him double jointed

And he's not
He'll only bring you souvenirs
It's only gonna end in tears
And he is only the impostor


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"The Imposter" as written by Elvis Costello

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis is written from the perspective of a girl who has gotten this guy drunk and has succeeded in seducing him, only to be dissapointed afterwards.
    Zubbyon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentZubby is most-likely correct, but I'd like to add that the girl is probably a virgin (or, at the very least, isn't into seducing guys she's not dating, etc), as suggested by the "you've never been this far, you've always been too smart".
    pocketthesauruson August 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song has the greatest opening bars ever.

    It makes me want to jive, and I don't even know what that entails.
    ThomYorkeGuyGarvey92on May 14, 2010   Link

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