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Of all the lyrics you could have picked for Elvis Costello, you chose a Burt Bacharat song that was written before Costello started his career.
I think the point with choosing this line over the others was that even when EC was at a loss for words, he never really was, so to speak. (They even said as much in the caption.)
I love this line because I think of it as the opening of the entire "Armed Forces" album, not just of "Accidents Will Happen" itself. The line implies our narrator is at a loss for words, but it precedes a nonstop barrage of wordplay in some of Elvis's best-ever pop songs. brilliant. "I used to be disgusted..." is a better choice purely as a single song's opening line, though.
absolutely agree prex.that's my favorite costello song. so good to see him on here. i just saw him a few months ago and he is 50 times better live.
I completely agree, Truth... I thought it was just me not understanding where they were coming from, but I understood fine; they're coming from nowhere. The songs are cool, but like as a great first lyric, I can think of SO many better ones by EC. The comments here list some much more appropriate first lyrics... Who ARE the people who write these things? lol All through this list I'd hit "Next", see the line, and go, WTF????
Honorable Bob Marley? Hmmm. Gotta think about that one. Not disagreeing, but very interesting. Now, i've never really found Elvis Costello's music to be that interesting, but i can dig his style and even his music. Beats being critical.
"Oh, it's so funny to seein' ya after so long, girl.."Yeah, EC deserves to be on the list.
Actually, I agree with this choice, although for sentimental reasons... the first time I saw EC in concert, 1988, Universal Studio Ampitheater. He came running on stage with his band (the Imposters, i believe) grabbed the instrument, and downbeat, WHAM: "Oh, I just don't know where to begin..." It was an electric moment, the single greatest I've experienced at 12+ EC concerts I've attended, and I loved most of them. As said, the irony of the most articulate rock musician ever proclaiming his inarticulateness... and saying he doesn't know where to begin, as he begins... he has been more clever, but never better.
Sorry to be a "Nasty Little Trainspotter," as Declan often calls jis online fans, but the opening to "Brilliant Mistake" is "He thought he was the King of America..." Still a great song w/a great opening, as well.
Old pirates, yes, they rob I; Sold I to the merchant ships,the honorable robert nestah marley
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