From distant star to this here bar
The me, the you, where are we now?
Hurray the blues of everyone

Keeps a smile around a while
He took no fright and jettisoned
We'll go tonight to hear him tell
"Oh well, Allison"

And when the planet hit the sun
I saw the face of Allison
Allison, Allison, Allison, Allison

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Allison Lyrics as written by Elvis Costello

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    General CommentYeah, in the music video, Frank Black says, "This is a song about Mose Allison" before the song starts (the video's included in the Pixies' Complete B Sides Album).

    Mose Allison is known for writing quirky blues songs about subjects as wide-ranging as . . . well, from distant star to this here bar, I guess.
    pianoguyon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTwo thumbs up!
    Derin Earlingon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentkeeps a smile around awhile
    SelfPityMeSoPitifulon June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome
    Grayon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti've only heard the cover some band did on a tribute album. but i liked it very much.
    msanabearon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFinally, Another song with my name in it besides the Elvis Costello one!
    Alicat06on June 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think i remember reading in an interview somewhere that this song is about the Mississippi blues/jazz musician, Mose Allison.
    Superaboundon June 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song could be describing the escape from a planetary crush while thinking about Mose Allison, but it also could be speaking about a solar eclipse. Don't you think?
    Alienoon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe beggining sounds like a song from top gun, which is the only part of the song I dont like. But if that part wasnt tin the song, than the song would feel very incomplete and therfore the song wouldnt be as good as it currently is.

    Awesome song!
    the_masked_magicianon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy friend always used to sing the part of the song where it goes 'allison' and that was it. I heard it for the first time today, and I thought it would be slow. Was I wrong or what. Loves it.
    teenscreamqueenon February 04, 2005   Link

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