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Elvis Costello — Wake Me Up (w/ The Roots)
Album: Wise Up Ghost
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6.4

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Total ratings: 1335









Released: 2013
Length: 5:49
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I've got this phosphorescent portrait of gentle Jesus meek and mild

I've got this harlot that I'm stuck with carrying another man's child

The solitary star announcing vacancy burnt out as we arrived

They'd throw us back across the border if they knew that we survived
And they were surprised to see us

So they greeted us with palms

They asked for ammunition, acts of contrition and small alms

Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
With a slap or a kiss
Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
There must be something better than this


I've got this imaginary radio, and I'm punching up the dial

I've got the A.C. trained on the T.V. so it won't blow up in my eye

And everything that I thought fanciful or mocked as too extreme

Must be family entertainment here in the strange land of my dreams

And I'm practising my likeness of St. Francis of Assisi

And if I hold my hand outstretched

A little bird comes to me


And I might recite a small prayer

If I ever said them

I lay down on an iron frame

And found myself in Bedlam

Stepping on the fingers that were stretching through the bars

Wailing echoes down the corridors


Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
With a slap or a kiss
Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
There must be something better than this


They've got this scared and decorated girl strapped to the steel trunk of a Mustang

They drove her down a cypress grove where traitors hang and stars still spangle

They dangled flags and other rags along a coloured thread of twine

They dragged that bruised and purple heart along the road to Palestine


Someone went off muttering, he mentioned thirty pieces

Easter saw a slaughtering, each wrapped in bloodstained fleeces

My thoughts returned to vengeance but I put up no resistance

Though I seemed a long way from my home

It really was no distance


Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
With a slap or a kiss
Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
There must be something better than this


And the player piano picks out "Life Goes On"

The Ringtone rang out "Jerusalem"

Into the pit of sadness

Where the wretched plunge

We've buried all the Innocents

We must bury revenge


Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
There must be something better than this
There must be something better than this
There must be something better than this


In the name of the Father and the Son
In the name of Gasoline and a Gun
Wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up, wake me up
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This is horrid. 
 BCarn wrote:

Then don't fuck him.
 Elvis is an aquired taste. i grew to love him... and then sometimes hes totally annoying.. 3o years ive felt that way..  king of america and this album are really great. you have to get into the lyrics to see how he is using it wiht the music. its more unique than people think

 zepher wrote:
What is Elvis Costello's real name?

Answer:
Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus
 
 

Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus, OBE

tiny update...
c.



The comments are pretty funny, highly polarized - more so than usual.

The funniest thing is, Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus, OBE, couldn't possibly care less what anybody else thinks. He proved that with his very first album (when they were still 'albums').  These days, it's unlikely he's in such financial straits he 'needs' to create or perform. He does it for himself - always has - and the rest of us can enjoy it or not.

Everybody's entitled to their opinion, good, bad, or ugly (no, not a comment on his appearance. Although...) Just don't expect the gentleman to care.

BTW, I kinda dig it.
c.
 inmanart wrote:
If you can conjure up an intelligent dialogue ,then we could fast forward your illiterate juvenile comment.  Otherwise, move on, go back to your whiny world and stay there.  Thank you.
 

Elvis Costello = Sucko-barfo
barely worth the ear time
 BCarn wrote:

Then don't fuck him.
 
That is freaking HI-larious!!
First time I've heard this one - Love It!! EC does not disappoint!
 inmanart wrote:
hate fucking Elvis Costello!
 
Then don't fuck him.
Damn Elvis getting almost funky!
hate fucking Elvis Costello!
I like this! It should be friday night to grab a cold Guiness
 scraig wrote:
Where is that confounded bridge?
 
Exactly...in fact the only reason this isn't an 8 for me is that bridge-less-ness....such a great grove....love the Roots....EC too....still....Long Live RP!!
I love EC voice and could listen to him sing all. Damn. Day!
I agree. Boggles my mind how someone comes to Radio Paradise ( dedicated to delivering an eclectic variety of music) , they provide a PSD button and people still complain about songs they don't like. Play something different or find a new station... oldsaxon wrote:

PSD then and stop bothering those of us who like this.
 

 DocStrangelove wrote:
HIS VOICE leaves me reaching for the mute button.
terrible volcals
 
Agreed. Whatever value may lie in the musical accompaniment, the singing, or what approximates singing, is really difficult for me to hear. Lots of modern musicians have voices that stray from what was once seen as good and I pretty much embrace a wide variety of performers. But, this track grates on me raspingly.
This song was half over before I realized he's using most of the lyrics from his own song Bedlam, off of The Delivery Man album. Except this tune has a different chorus. I think I prefer the energy of the original.
His voice is out of tune, and the music pretty repetitive, but wow, that's a solid groove. The Roots as your rhythm section could make Mozart funky!
Elvis Costello is a genius and  THE ROOTS are superb musicians. Great track.
I'd love the Roots if for no other reason than my dad now acknowledges that some hip hop is actually pretty OK. {#Lol}
Not a huge Elvis C fan, but I gotta say this is pretty funking kool.
Saw him at The "Cap" in Port Chester, NY the other week. At times I was ready to walk out during the show. At other times I wanted him to keep going for a few hours. Frustrating, but that appears to be how he likes it.
 aelfheld wrote:
Elvis Costello's voice always puts me in mind of Pee-wee Herman.

 
{#Lol}
Love it
 CoYoT51 wrote:
....

MANY of you don't like this Elvis... I must confess I'm fond of his work. I good 8 for me here.

 
Yes, why is that?  I expect RP to play lots of Elvis Costello and that is fine, but I do not enjoy the man's music at all.  

What is wrong with me? {#Cheesygrin}
There are much better songs on that album e. g. Refuse to be saved

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33xp_qV9yt4

This one slowly puts me to sleep.....
Elvis Costello's voice always puts me in mind of Pee-wee Herman.
Lines from Bedlam.

MANY of you don't like this Elvis... I must confess I'm fond of his work. I good 8 for me here.
funky costello
Where is that confounded bridge?
Enormous relief after getting Bjorked.
I've never given EC a "3" before.  This cut is a tedious and boring drone.
Elvis Costello Music {#No}
Elvis Costello Music with Roots {#Yes}

Diane Krall Music {#Yes}
Diane Krall coop w/Elvis Costello {#No}
 nostradamuszen wrote:
I like the song. It's interesting. Costello is not aiming at the mainstream - but neither are most RP listeners, I venture to suppose?

EC is stuck with his voice and its timbre: don't expect voicebox surgery any time soon.

And what's with al the dissing, people? If RP is going to end up like Facebook: a boxing-ring for seven-year-olds who are too scared to learn how to fight, I for one am going to desert the forum.

:-D

 
Are you speaking of the dissing, dissing of the dissing or the dissing of the dissing dissing? It's hard to keep track. Apparently some people like this song and some do not. Wow!  I, for one, think it's gr8! 
Well, this just got annoying. Sorry, Elvis. 
 
I thought it was Morphine...
GROOVING!!
 
I like the song. It's interesting. Costello is not aiming at the mainstream - but neither are most RP listeners, I venture to suppose?

EC is stuck with his voice and its timbre: don't expect voicebox surgery any time soon.

And what's with al the dissing, people? If RP is going to end up like Facebook: a boxing-ring for seven-year-olds who are too scared to learn how to fight, I for one am going to desert the forum.

:-D
 h8rhater wrote:

The quasi-pretentiousness drips from the rancid rind of this inedible post.  If only you could hear yourself talk. Perhaps you would have been better off just saying, "I don't like EC's singing voice" and been done with it.

 
"Quasi-pretentiousness"? Maybe if I understood what on this earth you mean by this term I could respond other than to agree that I don't like his singing voice. But it goes deeper than that. Lots of singers have voices I don't like. But when you describe an electronic post as having a rind? I guess the bad food analogy only goes so far. And I could have said I don't like his voice, but would you have felt compelled (or so it seems) to stretch some metaphors so far? Unlikely.
Something is in his voice
that I like
very much.
 Such a cool funky tune....It's quite surprising that more RP listeners don't appreciate this?! 
 h8rhater wrote:

The quasi-pretentiousness drips from the rancid rind of this inedible post.  If only you could hear yourself talk. Perhaps you would have been better off just saying, "I don't like EC's singing voice" and been done with it.

 



And yet he'd still be missing the Mark.
YES YES AND MORE YES!  Noboday but RP plays Elvis anymore. This is a tremendous version of the original song with both The Roots and Elvis bringing their best. Thank you RP. 
         Is this all about a parallel universe?
If yes then the time gets streched into yesterday.
That ?uestlove groove. {#Drummer}
 bam23 wrote:
I can genuinely appreciate the skill evident in the lyrics and concepts of EC. But, his remarkably weak and it seem almost deliberately grating vocal style (and singing voice) are increasingly unwelcome. It's as if he has taken a type of punk aesthetic and stripped out the freshness, leaving a slightly rancid rind. Then he applies a spare and quasi-melodic instrumental foundation. The result is... not quite edible, but more or less recognizable as intended to be consumed (to stretch the food analogy). 

 
The quasi-pretentiousness drips from the rancid rind of this inedible post.  If only you could hear yourself talk. Perhaps you would have been better off just saying, "I don't like EC's singing voice" and been done with it.
Sure are a lot of haters on this song.  I think its quite nice, has a New Orleans feel which I'm digging right now.
 
Jota wrote:
Excellent song.{#Clap}

 

agreed.
He should have given up singing long time ago...
 MJMJ wrote:
Wake me up when it's over

 
Just what I was about to say. The horns are all that stand between this and my first psd
Wake me up when it's over
I can genuinely appreciate the skill evident in the lyrics and concepts of EC. But, his remarkably weak and it seem almost deliberately grating vocal style (and singing voice) are increasingly unwelcome. It's as if he has taken a type of punk aesthetic and stripped out the freshness, leaving a slightly rancid rind. Then he applies a spare and quasi-melodic instrumental foundation. The result is... not quite edible, but more or less recognizable as intended to be consumed (to stretch the food analogy). 
This is as bad as his "Stick Out Your Tongue".  Now I have two Elvis C songs that make me turn RP off.
 johncartlidge wrote:
My sentiments exactly! In fact, I'd go as far as politely requesting that NO Elvis Costello songs are played on RP anymore! Not quite sucko barfo, but pretty close...

 
TerryStone wrote:
I love Radio Paradise, but please stop playing this song.

 



 
I'd politely ask that you're opinions are ignored.  This station is not for the arrogant who think only their playlist should be played.
Excellent song.{#Clap}
I think I've heard this song too much lately on RP. I'm getting to like it less and less. Very repetitious. Put it on the shelf for a while, Bill.
What is Elvis Costello's real name?

Answer:
Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus

 

Hate this guy.  Love his wife.  The only Elvis I like is a speed skater.
not his best work, like the horns.
 oldsaxon wrote:

PSD then and stop bothering those of us who like this.

 
{#Clap}
Read the poetry of the lyrics...and If you can get beyond the surface, listen to the message....it ain't religious.
 johncartlidge wrote:
My sentiments exactly! In fact, I'd go as far as politely requesting that NO Elvis Costello songs are played on RP anymore! Not quite sucko barfo, but pretty close...

 
TerryStone wrote:
I love Radio Paradise, but please stop playing this song.

 



 
PSD then and stop bothering those of us who like this.
love this!
7 > 8 Great groove.
 daveesh wrote:
love it.

 

 
Nice groove.... 
{#Frustrated} Make it stop!!! What a dirge.
 gatorade wrote:
I don't know. I'm betwixt and between.

 

Agreed. Despite my rather high expectations, nothing has really grabbed me from this effort - yet.
My sentiments exactly! In fact, I'd go as far as politely requesting that NO Elvis Costello songs are played on RP anymore! Not quite sucko barfo, but pretty close...

 
TerryStone wrote:
I love Radio Paradise, but please stop playing this song.

 


 paradisepig wrote:
What was that song that went "Why did you do it, why did you do that thing to me"? 70's I think. Anyway that song keeps popping into my head .... not a bad song...not bad at all

 
I think you're referring to "Why Did You Do It?" by Stretch.
Huh. Not bad. A very natural progression for him and actually feels like a return to some of his earlier work with a modern twist. 
What was that song that went "Why did you do it, why did you do that thing to me"? 70's I think. Anyway that song keeps popping into my head .... not a bad song...not bad at all
love it.
Love it!  Perhaps the best EC tune I've heard recently.  Funky and groovy - perfect.
I love Radio Paradise, but please stop playing this song.
I don't know. I'm betwixt and between.
Bet you this would sound a lot better live since it's The Roots.  This sounds very tame. 
I dunno.  Elvis seems to be a tyrant.  It sounds like him with a decent backing band.  Would have liked to have heard more Roots.
Two great tastes that taste great together.

Love the groove - love the guitar riff. 
Once you become a world-famous musician, what's next?
Marry a Canadian of course.

Right, Elvis? Right, Elton?

Right on.
{#Motor}
What a sound!! Great recording of the great Elvis Costello (with The Roots).
Yawn!
Most excellent. Haven't tasted this particular varietal of funk since the days of Morphine.
what a great combining of varied talents - i blast this when i play it!!!!    this song is amazing - in fact the first 3 or 4 cuts on this album are fantastic
 rtrudeau wrote:
Seriously, wake him up.
Zzzzzz .... 

 
Totally agree.  I love Elvis Costello, but there is something better than this called Armed Forces.
Elvis Costello and The Roots? Didn't see that coming {#Jump}
I like it!
Really digging this - funky and airy. And thankfully, EC is avoiding his high-pitched torture-croon, which honestly should be outlawed by the Geneva Convention. ;-)
I like it.
Seriously, wake him up.
Zzzzzz ....