Now there's newsprint all over your face, well
Maybe that's why I can read you like a book
Just when I thought I was getting my tasty bite
I go and lose my appetite
Look at the men that you'd call uncle
They'd like to sink their teeth into you
For the pride and the pleasure and the privilege of having you
If I say you're the one, do you think that I'm serious?
You get that kind of talk from older men
If I say I love you then I must be delirious
So why are you trying to put my temperature up again?
Look at the men that you'd call uncle
Having a heart attack 'round your ankles
When you wake up with x-rated eyes
When you wake up still shaking
How could I apologize as your check your effects
And you check your reflection?
I'm so affected in the face of your affection
Look at the men that you'd call uncle
Having a heart-attack 'round your ankles
I could swear, I could promise that I'll always be true to you
But we may not live to be so old
I could even say I'm going to do something new to you
Now the girls I see just leave me cold
Look at the men that you'd call uncle
Look at the men that you'd call uncle
Look at the men that you'd call uncle

Lyrics submitted by Mopnugget

Man Called Uncle Lyrics as written by Elvis Costello

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentAnother song from Get Happy that no one has commented on! and a classic too!

    This song is about large age differences in relationships. Particularly about a girl who throws herself at older men.

    This guy is the master of lyrics. love the first two lines though. sound great when he sings them.
    angertrainon April 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song seems to be from the viewpoint of a guy who is in love with a woman that tends to date older men--old enough to be her "uncles." She uses them as sugar daddies to get money and gifts. Discovering this fact quells his desire for her.

    This was the first EC song I ever heard, and was immediately taken with oddness and hilarity of the first two lines. What do they mean? I have long thought it might be about Bebe Buell and seeing her pictures in the papers. But I don't really know.

    BTW, the correct title of the song is "Men Called Uncle." It was incorrectly spelled on first vinyl editions of Get Happy!
    Atmanon November 02, 2020   Link

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