"From A Whisper To A Scream" as written by and Elvis Costello....
Oh it's not easy to resist temptation
Walking around looking like a figment of somebody else's imagination
Taking ev'ry word she says just like an open invitation
But the power of persuasion is no match for anticipation

Like a finger running down a seam
From a whisper to a scream
So I whisper and I scream
But don't get me wrong
Please don't leave me waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Hey

Oh oh oh oh oh

Oh if the customers like it then they'll keep on paying
If they keep on drinking then they'll end up staying
I heard someone say where have we met before
But the one over the eight seem less like one or more like four

Like a finger running down a seam
From a whisper to a scream
So I whisper and I scream
But don't get me wrong
Please don't leave me waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Waitin' too long
Hey


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"From a Whisper to a Scream" as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentIf you're puzzled by the line "the one over the eight seems less like one and more like four," I can explain.

    "The one over the eight" is British slang for one too many beers. The idea is that eight beers is enough to get you sufficiently soused. The "one over the eight" is the one that turns you into a falling-down, blackout drunk.

    So Elvis (or in this case, Glenn Tilbrook, who sings the line) is saying that it doesn't feel like he's had just one over the eight, he's so drunk it feels like it's been four too many.
    vchamberlainon September 18, 2011   Link

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