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Elvis Costello — Five Small Words
Album: National Ransom
Avg rating:
5.2

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Total ratings: 289









Released: 2010
Length: 4:38
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Maybe you'll recognize in time
Maybe one day you will discover
All the pain that lies behind
You and your unfortunate love

Somebody might be more
Unsuitable and strange
With eyes that offer everything
That are capable of danger

My mind turns over lies you told
Things said to your other lover
As sweet as they had been to me
You lay there telling them to each other

Now I stand outside the door
My head is filled phrases
Inside someone's calling out
Their voices rise in praises

Five small words
Don't you want me anymore?
Five small words
Well, who is keeping score?

Coward that you are
You would faithlessly implore
"Baby, please don't leave me
Why don't you believe me?"
Why did you deceive me?

Didn't take some shiny dagger
Tattooed fingers grip and hone
I walked under stone dark ladder
I heard your final loving moan

All your indiscretions are
So merciful and brief
Genteel poison sprinkled on
Your Spanish handkerchief

Five small words
Don't you want me anymore?
Five small words
Well, who is keeping score?

The coward that you are
You would faithlessly implore
"Baby, please don't leave me
Why don't you believe me?"
Why did you deceive me?

Maybe in time you'll want me more
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can you imagine he takes a stage? He tried acting too can you imagine? 
 upgal wrote:

absolutely cannot sing.  if there was a negative zero I'd give it that!

 
That's clearly not true, we just heard him singing.  You may not like it, which is fine (though it appears to be the case with an overly-large amount of what you've rated), but it's also not the same thing.
 Amyjacksoncc wrote:
Can't sing - ? You can't hear? Dude, where you been?
 
absolutely cannot sing.  if there was a negative zero I'd give it that!
When people say that artists like Elvis Costello, Neil Young and Bob Dylan can't sing, I always wonder whose dulcet tones they prefer.
Can't sing - ? You can't hear? Dude, where you been?
 kaybee wrote:
I can't understand the hate for Elvis Costello on an eclectic station.  Is it the weird time signatures?  The unconventional phrasing and melodies?  I just don't understand it.

 
he just cant sing!
<auto mute> .... time for PSD>>
 
Okay - so I just checked my I Pod, and I have 610 Elvis songs on it.

And I've seen him live 25 times.

So I'm not objective.

But c'mon, this is a good song. {#Biggrin}
Or maybe he can do an album with J.J Cale
We need to get somebody to really piss him off. He was so much better when he was angry.
I can't understand the hate for Elvis Costello on an eclectic station.  Is it the weird time signatures?  The unconventional phrasing and melodies?  I just don't understand it.
Snooooooore...
Terrible. F.

Decent - Elvis is king - of the hook!


Wow - new Costello that speaks to the past and yet leads into the contemporary. . . liking this. . . 

Never got the Elvis Costello love.  Oh well, I don't have to love everything RP plays.
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
I'm just tired of Elvis and his quirkiness - or smirkiness - or whatever it is that turns me off. He'd never be on my playlist. Just me.
 
Thank Goodness!  8 for me

There are some songs from this album that I can't really get into (yet) but this song surely deserves much better than a 5.
I'm just tired of Elvis and his quirkiness - or smirkiness - or whatever it is that turns me off. He'd never be on my playlist. Just me.
 dogsongs wrote:
4.8 is so wrong for this song so I gave it a 9 and it jumped to 4.9 - Nice to know I can make a difference - Hey even the worst Elvis deserves at least a 5 or better.
 
Poacher wrote:

First time I heard it I would have given it a low rating but held off for another listen or two.

A couple of plays later and it is 7 going on 8 for me. Its a grower! Elvis is in the building again!
 
 
it was 4.9  i gave it a 10  and it jumped to 5  yea he is great  still is always will be

 Wizzuvvoz wrote:
I certainly don't know why someone would give this a one Why?
 
i gave it a 10

I certainly don't know why someone would give this a one

Why?
 paulpaar wrote:
"coward that u r."

Love it!

T khat is penny!

Ck out t recent The New Yorksr article on t man !

Hot stuff

Call it honesty'

Sweet 100% TOtal sound!!!

Yeah!! Doggies

Love it!!!!
9.9
 
I waive simultaneous translation.

peter_james_bond wrote:

{#High-five} I blame the Tea Party! {#Lol}
an 8 from a pro choice, pro gay marriage, pro cannabis, separation of church and state Tea Party Republican. I am against spending tax money on entitlements for imagined or manufactured rights/needs of every kind regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation or political affiliation if that helps the stereotype.

If we can agree on music maybe we're not so different.

 dogsongs wrote:
4.8 is so wrong for this song so I gave it a 9 and it jumped to 4.9 - Nice to know I can make a difference - Hey even the worst Elvis deserves at least a 5 or better.
 
Poacher wrote:

First time I heard it I would have given it a low rating but held off for another listen or two.

A couple of plays later and it is 7 going on 8 for me. Its a grower! Elvis is in the building again!
 
Thanks for the heads-up.  I gave it a 1 and bumped it back to a 4.8.  Glad to help.

 


Rubbish - so par for the course from this guy ...
 juanos wrote:
awful! most EC is really bad!
 
I agree...I have tried for so long to like this wanker but...it just won't happen 
6 for the song + 10 for the bass playing / 2 = 8!

Really nails that King of America sound! 
4.8 is so wrong for this song so I gave it a 9 and it jumped to 4.9 - Nice to know I can make a difference - Hey even the worst Elvis deserves at least a 5 or better.
 
Poacher wrote:

First time I heard it I would have given it a low rating but held off for another listen or two.

A couple of plays later and it is 7 going on 8 for me. Its a grower! Elvis is in the building again!
 


awful! most EC is really bad!
 kaybee wrote:
I absolutely cannot believe the low rating for this song!
 
First time I heard it I would have given it a low rating but held off for another listen or two.

A couple of plays later and it is 7 going on 8 for me. Its a grower! Elvis is in the building again!
 xkolibuul wrote:
This song's rating is a travesty.  

 

There, all better.
This song's rating is a travesty.  

Out of tune and whiny
The Coward Brothers (Elvis and T-Bone) ride again
 kaybee wrote:
I absolutely cannot believe the low rating for this song!
 
It is not the best EC has done but it still is pretty good.

I absolutely cannot believe the low rating for this song!
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Wow. The Elvis haters come out in force these days. Sounds good to me, could go up, 7 for now.
 
Edit: Are you kidding me? In the time it took me to write that, the rating went from 5.1 to 3.7 3.5!
 
{#High-five} I blame the Tea Party! {#Lol} This is a fine tune from a stellar album. In fact, imo, at age 56, EC has produced one of the finest albums of his long career. He's back with T Bone Burnett for this release, but I think this one's much better than the previous Secret, Profane and Sugarcane.

Wow. The Elvis haters come out in force these days. Sounds good to me, could go up, 7 for now.
 
Edit: Are you kidding me? In the time it took me to write that, the rating went from 5.1 to 3.7 3.5!


"coward that u r."

Love it!

T khat is penny!

Ck out t recent The New Yorksr article on t man !

Hot stuff

Call it honesty'

Sweet 100% TOtal sound!!!

Yeah!! Doggies

Love it!!!!
9.9
What happened

New Elvis!