"Jack of All Parades" as written by and Elvis Costello....
When we first met I didn't know what to do
My old love lines were all worn out on you
And the world walked 'round my mouth
They lit me up and they snuffed me out

And I was everybody's boy
But soon that thrill just fades
To be the love of one true heart
Or the jack of all parades

You won't know who to thank
You won't know who to blame
It's just a part of the murdering game
'Cause down in the fleshpots
Where they pay you in pounds
They're laughing like drains
And baying like bloodhounds
For the jack of all parades
For the jack of all parades

Once I knew a girl
That looked so much like Judy Garland
That people would stop and give her money
And everybody was Frankie, Jimmy or Bobby
Not the jack, not the jack of all parades,
Oh the jack, the jack of all parades,
Oh the jack, of all parades.

Well the way that I feel is no longer news
You know my love and how to refuse it
'Cause you know where the door is
And how to use it
Oh you know you do

From my checkered past
To this shattered terrace
Where you can't keep your mind off
The crimes of Paris
And you can't keep your peace
Try to forget it
And I can't forgive you
For things you haven't done yet

I was anybody's boy
But soon that thrill just fades
To be the love of one true heart
Or the jack of all parades

When we first met I didn't know what to do
My old love lines were all worn out on you
And the world walked 'round my mouth
I didn't mean to say it
I just blurted it out
And you pretended not to notice
Or be taken aback
And I loved you there and then
It's as simple as that

Oh I was everybody's boy
But soon that thrill just fades
For to be the love of one true heart
Or the jack of all parades
To be the love of one true heart
Or the jack of all parades
Oh the jack of all parades


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"Jack of All Parades" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentThis song is about being with many women or just one, give or take lol

    But what really intersts me are the lines that seem to be referring to Jack the Ripper:

    "It's just a part of the Murdering Game
    'Cos down in the fleshpots"

    and

    "the Crimes of Paris"

    any thoughts??
    Cortez_08on April 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs the title a pun on 'jack of all trades"?
    inkycrotcheton September 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song contrasts (in general) the way love used to be in the old days. Much more fidelity, one to one lasting relationships. True love and faithfulness. The character is a 'Jack the lad,' moving from one girl to the next without real commitment, love. He also compares modern love with 'the fleshpots' i.e. escorts/prostitution world where sex is paid for.
    Then he meets someone he truly loves and wants to commit (be 'one true heart) but she is very wary of the way men are and might well not trust and walk out the door at any moment.
    Now he truly has met someone he wants to love and he fears it is not going to happen.
    toperic02on June 22, 2013   Link

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