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Elvis Costello — Veronica
Album: Spike
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:02
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Is it all in that pretty little head of yours?
What goes on in that place in the dark?
Well, I used to know a girl
And I could have sworn
That her name was Veronica
Well, she used to have
A carefree mind of her own
And a delicate look in her eye
These days, I'm afraid
She's not even sure
If her name is Veronica

Do you suppose that waiting hands on eyes
Veronica has gone to hide?
And all the time she laughs at those
Who shout her name and steal her clothes
Veronica
Veronica
Veronica, Veronica

Did her days drag by, did the favors wane?
Did he roam down the town all the while?
Will you wake from your dream
With a wolf at the door
Reaching out for Veronica?
Well, it was all of 65 years ago
When the world was the street
Where she lived
And a young man sailed
On a ship in the sea
With a picture of Veronica

On the ''Empress of India''
And as she closed her eyes upon the world
And picked upon the bones of last week's news
She spoke his name out loud again

Do you suppose that waiting hands on eyes
Veronica has gone to hide?
And all the time she laughs at those
Who shout her name and steal her clothes
Veronica
Veronica
Veronica, Veronica

Veronica sits in the favorite chair
She sits very quiet and still
And they call her a name
That they never get right
And if they don't, then nobody else will
But she used to have
A carefree mind of her own
With devilish look in her eye
Saying, "You can call me
Anything you like
But my name is Veronica"

Do you suppose that waiting hands on eyes
Veronica has gone to hide?
And all the time she laughs at those
Who shout her name and steal her clothes
Veronica
Veronica
Oh, oh
Veronica
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Is it a smart song like Elvis would write? Yes.
Does it have the McCartney pep? Yes.
Are the musicians talented? Yes

But, it just doesn't fuse into a great tune. It's pretty annoying.
 kcar wrote:

Why not be happy that you're still alive and lucid enough to comprehend that fact? You might even enjoy the song along with it. 

 
Yes, indeed, but I only said the that it's "somewhat depressing" that this song is 25 years old, I didn't say it was "cripplingly depressing."
Yes, Bill, please make this guy stop listening, (and commenting), by playing more Elvis Costello! 
Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Bill please make it stop!

 


Bill please make it stop!
Elvis' first Album on Warner Bros
Declan Patrick MacManus is a songwriter that deserves to be mentioned in the same conversation with George Gershwin and Paul McCartney (who helped him write his song), This song was the most erudite, clever explanation of what my grandmother was going through WHILE she was going through it. Veronica sits in her favorite chair. That someone would even write a song about dementia makes Elvis better than most. Brilliant.


 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Please make it stop! 

 
Nah... Let it rip!
Please make it stop! 
 kcar wrote:

Why not be happy that you're still alive and lucid enough to comprehend that fact? You might even enjoy the song along with it. 

 
Chill!
Some days I enjoy nothing better than taking a nice bubble bath, wrapping myself in a kimono, and doing my nails.
 Proclivities wrote:

It's somewhat depressing to realize that this song is actually 25 years old.

 
Why not be happy that you're still alive and lucid enough to comprehend that fact? You might even enjoy the song along with it. 


Ver-on-i-caaaa


 RPJunkie wrote:
Near perfection.
Might be my favorite song of the last 25 years.

 
It's somewhat depressing to realize that this song is actually 25 years old.
A true king of punk and pop.
cover art ......{#Lol}{#Clap}
Near perfection.
Might be my favorite song of the last 25 years.
Beautiful song.  I believe there's an "acoustic" alternate lyric version on the Rhino expanded edition of Spike.  The video is also excellent.  
 casey1024 wrote:

If there is such a thing.  This song makes me miss my Mom - her name was Claire.  She left us long before she passed away...

 
So sorry casey1024...I know the feeling and share it with you about my own mom.
VERONI-kuhhh. ugh, no thanks. Once again E.C. brings nothing to the table.
The name of the next hurricane in December?

 
 Roverfish wrote:
Hands down my all-time favorite Alzheimer tune. Truly outstanding.
 

{#Yes} Oneother nominee God Knows I'm Good by Bowie
 midigitguy wrote:
Score a ten for a perfect pop song
 
{#High-five}
Great song from a forgotten, but still great, album.
Love it !
we used to use this as a warmup tune...
brilliant!

Score a ten for a perfect pop song
Brilliant!
Nice pick, Bill. My oldest sister's name. Life hasn't been always kind to her, but she still trudges on. Pretty much like the rest of us, huh?
 LowPhreak wrote:
ICK. Never liked this one from Costello.
 

That's so funny, because just before clicking on the comments, I was thinking how this was one of my favorite Elvis Costella songs.  Oh well!
 LowPhreak wrote:
ICK. Never liked this one from Costello.
 
strange how tastes differ. i was never much into costello, but this is my favourite one...;-)

ICK. Never liked this one from Costello.
 ThePoose wrote:
Elvis and Sir Paul wrote this about Elvis's grandmother, who was sinking into dementia.
 

never knew that...puts a whole different spin on it for me now.
This could be the 1950s.
Sort of a punk Hollies...

 bronorb wrote:
I like Elvis Costello, But I despise this song.
 
I had a hard time with this song when it came out... It didn't seem in the league of his great first 3 albums. I kinda like it now, though.

I love Elvis Costello and I like this song quite a bit.
 wrangler wrote:
i despise elvis costello.  but i like this song.
 

I like Elvis Costello, But I despise this song.
 wrangler wrote:
i despise elvis costello.  but i like this song.
 
{#Yes}

 kaosmonkey wrote:
This video made me cry when I was a kid...actually, I think I was a teenager. What can I say? It really touched me.
 

Me too. Especially since my Granny was fading fast. Her last 10 years alive not knowing anyone or anything. I always wondered if it was peaceful or torture for her.
I like Rose Kennedy by Rasputina. But Veronica is a close second!

 
Roverfish wrote:
Hands down my all-time favorite Alzheimer tune. Truly outstanding.
 


 Roverfish wrote:
Hands down my all-time favorite Alzheimer tune. Truly outstanding.
 
If there is such a thing.  This song makes me miss my Mom - her name was Claire.  She left us long before she passed away...

 holborne wrote:
In my opinion, this is one of his weaker albums, but I think this is a great pop song.
 
Yep, easily the weakest from this period - but still a really nice song with the usual perfection from The Attractions.

i despise elvis costello.  but i like this song.
In my opinion, this is one of his weaker albums, but I think this is a great pop song.
horstman wrote:
Elvis had such a great talent in his early years and then we get this crap. Such a waste.
Dude, it's called maturing.


elvis is king
{#Crown}

 Roverfish wrote:
Hands down my all-time favorite Alzheimer tune. Truly outstanding.

 

That's what I used to think.  I think?
This video made me cry when I was a kid...actually, I think I was a teenager. What can I say? It really touched me.
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
pop genius(es)
100% agree!
:bananapiano:
Hands down my all-time favorite Alzheimer tune. Truly outstanding.
Wow, I was scrolling down to see all the negative flames about this song and saw mine the (hopefully!) last time this was played. Elvis had such a great talent in his early years and then we get this crap. Such a waste. Give me This Years Model, so much miss the angry man and his rantings. Made for such an entertaining artist.
Luna2 wrote:
So Good. Like gummy bears & Mt Dew for lunch
That might be the most disturbing visual of the day. :puke:
dixiedeb wrote:
I love anything he does.
I hate almost everything he's done since Armed Forces.
pop genius(es)
I remember the music video to this....was sweet and touching about the old lady thinking back on her life :angel:
I love anything he does.
One of the few songs where the harmony is just as important as the melody - they HAVE to be together. The only other song I can think of like that is "If I Fell" which shares a songwriter with this one. :)
meydele wrote:
I have a slightly different version of this song. . . Love it. Love this one too. Anyone know where an alternate take might have come from?
I have a bootleg demo that's just him and Paul (there's also tracks of them figuing out "My Brave Face" and "I Know that You Want Her Too." Other than that...I dunno. TJ
I have a slightly different version of this song. . . Love it. Love this one too. Anyone know where an alternate take might have come from?
This is what all Pop music should sound like. co-written by Sir Paul by the way.
Elvis and Sir Paul wrote this about Elvis's grandmother, who was sinking into dementia.
Next time play Oliver's Army ...
I've completely reversed my opinion of this song. I'm bumping my rating to an 8.
A great song. No doubt about it.
sweet glasses dude. not a big fan.
MinMan wrote:
reminds me of what a pitty it is that we were never afforded the opportunity to refer to "John Lennon OBE". Then again, He may not have been one to accept such a title.
Lennon, along with the other Beatles, was given an MBE back in 1965. This was one of Prime Minister Harold Wilson's publicity stunts to stress the youthfulness and dynamism of his new Labour government after the Tory gerentocracy - Wilson gave honours out to sports people at the same time. Lennon returned his MBE in November 1969 as a symbolic protest over the UK's support role in Biafra and its failure to condemn the US's military involvement in Vietnam. Honours in the UK are really just about publicity and PR - there is no dignity involved, and everyone knows deep down that they are a pile of tack. I'm just glad that Lennon used his to make a statement.
WonderLizard wrote:
Sir Paul also plays bass on it.
reminds me of what a pitty it is that we were never afforded the opportunity to refer to "John Lennon OBE". Then again, He may not have been one to accept such a title.
pianocomposer wrote:
This song was co-written by Paul McCartney. I'm not kidding. It gets a 10 from me b/c it is beautifully written in both melody and words.
Sir Paul also plays bass on it.
This song was co-written by Paul McCartney. I'm not kidding. It gets a 10 from me b/c it is beautifully written in both melody and words.
I never paid any attention to this song. I never listened to the words, and thus passed it off as a girlfriend song and evidence that EC still created bouncy melodies to play with. It wasn't until I heard it here (and on headphones for probably the first time) and read the comments that I even knew what it was about. Leave it to EC to bury such serious thoughts and emotions within such a pop cloak. It definately reinforces my opinion regarding his songwriting.
Quatsch!
Zygomatic wrote:
The song is about his grandmother, her worsening senility, and the memory of her past. It got airplay because it was well written.
As my mom sinks further into Alzheimer's, this becomes more and more poignant.
My brother had this cassingle...i'm ruined from overexposure, methinks.
:bounce: I love it!
One of the few songs I like by this band.
not diggin' elvis
Zygomatic wrote:
She used to have a carefree mind of her own and a devilish look in her eye. These days I'm afraid she's not even sure that her name is Veronica. MY GOD what a wonderful song. I remember this getting a bit of play on MTV years ago.
Amazing, great song!
I never knew this song was about his grandmother. The way the lyrics are written and the passion in his voice let me know there was a personal link for him in this song. Learning the back story makes it an even better song to me.
My step-grandfather was a Professor of family studies. If I recall, he used to play the video for this song for his intro class when they talked about aging and senility.
deceptively simple. genius.
So Good. Like gummy bears & Mt Dew for lunch
Zygomatic wrote:
The song is about his grandmother, her worsening senility, and the memory of her past. It got airplay because it was well written.
Knowing that bit of information really improves my opinion of this song quite a lot. Unfortunately, EC made the bizarre choice to bury his vocal so thoroughly that I can only pick up fragments of what he's saying, even now that I know what the song is about. About 50% of it sounds like gibberish, which is probably a shame.
Pop Perfection.
As Neil Young sings "a piece of crap" (is this guy). MEDIOCRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you hear Sir Paul in this co-written song? Elvis loved his grannie: he wrote this song for her as she sank into senility.
Costello's whiny voice has always irritated me, but for some reason, this song was even worse. Too bad he's popular. :-(
Art_Carnage wrote:
I've always liked Costello, but think this bit of pop triffle is way below him.
The song is about his grandmother, her worsening senility, and the memory of her past. It got airplay because it was well written.
She used to have a carefree mind of her own and a devilish look in her eye. These days I'm afraid she's not even sure that her name is Veronica. MY GOD what a wonderful song. I remember this getting a bit of play on MTV years ago.
This is a great tune which is catchy!
...and that was also because the radio station with the name Veronica played it a lot ;)
Cyclehawk wrote:
Great to hear some of these lesser-known cuts.
Lesser known? IIRC this was a (hit-)single with lots and lots of airplay (at least over here in the Netherlands)
Costello is one of the kings for sure... S.
Art_Carnage wrote:
I've always liked Costello, but think this bit of pop triffle is way below him.
Nothing wrong with a little triffle pop on occasion. But for some reason, this sounds speeded up even more than I remember it. Must be me?
Great to hear some of these lesser-known cuts. Had this on vinyl, so it's been a while since I heard it. Thanks to whomever uploaded it.
I've always liked Costello, but think this bit of pop triffle is way below him.
kars wrote:
Ditto in general. I too have always really liked this particular song about his grandmother (I believe).
Yes, believe I read somewhere that this song was, in fact, about his own grandmother.
The_Pest wrote:
Normally I don't like Elvis Costello , maybe I'm the only one? But this fun to hear .
Ditto in general. I too have always really liked this particular song about his grandmother (I believe).
I've loved this song since I first saw the video on MTV as a kid.
Normally I don't like Elvis Costello , maybe I'm the only one? But this fun to hear .
jayladdin wrote:
Hooray! Elvis Costello + Paul McCartney = poppy goodness!
Heh heh heh... I believe "poppy goodness" is what Dorothy and friends "suffered" from at the hands of that green witchy woman in some land called Oz.... Oh yeah, I like this song very much!
Hooray! Elvis Costello + Paul McCartney = poppy goodness!
One of EC's most pop-like ditties. The title "girl" suffers from alzheimers. You just knew there had to be a dark side to this upbeat tune.
I think this may have been the first EC tune I ever heard, over on KOTR in SLO, CA... Always liked it.
Good tune, but probably the only Elvis C song that I hear. Someone upload some deeper cuts for Bill!
One of Elvis\' finest collaborations...which is saying alot since he\'s \"played well with others\" so frequently. I wanna hear some Bacharach/Costello now!
:clap: He was good back then, but he\'s even better now.