Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Elvis Costello is Back with His First Single Since Winning the Grammy Award: He’s Rocking and Angry

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Elvis Costello is back with his first single since winning the Grammy Award last January for his superb “Look Now” album. “No Flag” is rockin’ and angry. Elvis’s aim remains true. It’s been an amazing 43 years and it feels like it’s just getting started again. I want to hear THIS album.

Lyrics:
I’ve got no religion
I’ve got no philosophy
I’ve got a head full of ideas and words that don’t seem to belong to me

You may be joking but I don’t get the gag
I sense no future
But time seems to drag

No time for this kind of love
No flag waving high above
No sign for the dark place that I live
No God for the damn that I don’t give

I’ve got no illusions
I’ve had no epiphany
Why should anybody listen to me

She said, “I’m tearing up the sheets that your love letters stained
All of your magic powers have drained”

No time for this kind of love
No flag waving high above
No sign for the dark place that I live
No God for the damn that I don’t give

Here’s a line in the sand
A word or two in the aftermath
I’m an arrow that shoots up and down
On an advertising graph

I could write you verses and recite more than one
But they’re not worth the paper that they’re written on

No time for this kind of love
No flag waving high above
No sign for the dark place that I live
No God for the damn that I don’t give

We want everything and we don’t want to share
Outer space for the faces we fear

I look in the mirror and see who I used to be
Made out of plastic in a factory

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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