For Sunday: Elvis Costello sings “New Amsterdam”

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I’ve loved Elvis Costello since the 1970s. This song, from his “Get Happy!” album in the 1980s, is one of my favorites. The melody is wonderful, and the lyrics are amazing.

 

Note: this song might or might not be about Elvis’s love/hate relationship with New York City (try thinking of NYC as the woman he’s singing about; it kind of makes sense).

But who knows?

Enjoy.

New Amsterdam has become much too much

When I have the possession of everything she touches

Can I step on the brake to get out of her clutches

Can I speak double Dutch to a real double duchess

 

 

 


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About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

2 Responses to For Sunday: Elvis Costello sings “New Amsterdam”

  1. I adore his song “Every Day I Write the Book”, and the charming video that went with it (back in the days of MTV videos).

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