The world of Elvis Costello pun and wordplay.

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The world of Elvis Costello pun and wordplay.

Postby wehitandrun » Thu Apr 29, 2004 11:04 am

To kick off the party, here are some of my favorites-

"All of this acceleration is driving you to death."
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"You lack lust... you're so lacklustre."
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"You're the one who hates to love, he's the one who loves to hate."

Those are all from Get Happy!!

Anybody have some favorites they'd like to open the world's eyes up to?
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Postby Bob And Charlotte » Thu Apr 29, 2004 11:15 am

"Keep your finger on important issues
With crocodile tears and a pocketful of tissues"

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Postby ChokingOnMyPrideandPity » Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:42 pm

I wish you luck with a capital "F".

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Postby ChokingOnMyPrideandPity » Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:54 pm

Your body speaks so much louder than your voice - you let it do the talking so I don't have any choice.

and

And the future looked as bright and as clear as
the black tarmacadam.
(Is this line from Tramp The Dirt Down considered wordplay or a pun or neither)?

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Postby wehitandrun » Thu Apr 29, 2004 3:11 pm

Hmm, I'm not sure about that line. "Wordplay" is such a broad term, I'm sure that's a form of it.

I want to hear some great PUNS! I must be missing some great ones.
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Postby seanpointblank » Thu Apr 29, 2004 4:21 pm

The long arm of the law slides up the outskirts of town

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Postby lapinsjolis » Thu Apr 29, 2004 5:05 pm

"I know they've got their problems. I wish I was one of them."
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

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Postby tokyo vogue » Thu Apr 29, 2004 10:18 pm

"Don't wear your heart out on your sleeve when your remarks are off the cuff"


"Spitting out the words that he put into her mouth"
if we can rock together, why can't we walk together?

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Postby clairequilty » Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:43 am

No puns, no word play, just the truth.

He's contemplating murder again, he must be in love.

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Postby Danny » Fri Apr 30, 2004 4:33 am

"Now you've given your performance
Though the matinee was idle"
(matinee idol)

"And you find out that a wave of her right hand
Could seem so tidal"
(tidal wave)

"I could join a chain of males or be the missing link"
(i.e. I could join the army, or be a deserter - chain-mail being that metal cloth that knights used to wear, and the chain of males being the platoon of soldiers - a proper pun, followed through with the links in the chain)

Sorry all - I'm sure you don't need an explanation!
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Postby daybreaker » Fri Apr 30, 2004 5:48 am

Another from Get Happy:

'Till I step on the brakes to get out of her clutches

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Postby spooky girlfriend » Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:21 am

"Once I was the jewel of your heart
Now I'm only semi-precious"

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Postby wehitandrun » Fri Apr 30, 2004 9:29 am

"Dial me a Valentine. She's a smooth operator. It's all so calculated; she's got a calculator." - two little hitlers

"So fond of the frabric, so fond of fabrication..." - king horse

"You can't stand it when it goes from real to reel. Too real, too real" - b movie

"I've exorcised countless demons, if exercising's the act of eating" - oh, sorry! that's from my song 'proof of death'(http://www.purevolume.com/theflamesoftroy - i have no shame)
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Postby so lacklustre » Sat May 01, 2004 3:45 am

Was it a millionaire who said "imagine no possessions"
signed with love and vicious kisses

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Postby elvisisking63 » Sat May 01, 2004 6:42 am

so lacklustre wrote:Was it a millionaire who said "imagine no possessions"


Not sure that was so much a pun but rather a direct dig at John Lennon?

Here's one of my favorites:

"And don't try to read my mind
Because it's full of disappearing ink."
- All the Rage

This actually leads me to think of a different sort of game, which is identifying recurring imagery or symbolism in Elvis's lyrics. "Ink" and "words" being imprinted on a person or personality comes up several times -- two examples:

"Write my name in heaven in invisible ink."
- Inch by Inch

"Now there's newsprint all over your face, maybe that's why I can read you like a book"
- Men Called Uncle

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Postby wehitandrun » Sat May 01, 2004 11:55 am

Monkeys are everywhere with Elvis. The whole idea of Monkey-Man is big on him.

Off the top of my head...
"charm school"
"god's comic"
"deep dark truthful mirror"
and soon... "monkey to a man"

They're so many recurring themes in his music.
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Postby wehitandrun » Tue May 04, 2004 3:20 pm

Oh man, I just heard this one today. I've heard it, but now I know what it says.

"The long arm of the law slides up the outskirts of town
Meanwhile in Clubland they are ready to pull them down"
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Postby AlmostBlue » Thu May 20, 2004 1:03 am

how about an anagram - Voiceless Toll

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Postby lapinsjolis » Thu May 20, 2004 1:46 am

Elvis Costello-I thought you meant a song. Here's one for you:


no bit hill of vague pine mud
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

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Postby El Vez » Fri May 21, 2004 9:08 am

I'm sorry....I thought this was a thread about The World of Henry Orient. :oops:

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Postby lapinsjolis » Fri May 21, 2004 9:31 am

El Vez-You mean I'm not the only living soul to see that movie? Here two more anagrams because the popularity of my first one is humbling my ego. They read like headlines! :P

see eel claw seven
war monkey does shoot to awe
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

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Postby wehitandrun » Fri May 21, 2004 12:07 pm

Anagrams don't make sense. Their first priority should be just that, "make sense".
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Postby lapinsjolis » Fri May 21, 2004 2:46 pm

So should song lyrics. 8) Seeing an eel claw seven makes as much sense as a Pobble losing his toes. War monkeys shoot I'm sure of it! Where's Edward Lear when you need him? Dead. :cry:
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."

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Postby miss buenos aires » Fri May 21, 2004 2:59 pm

Here's an anagram: Miss E. Blue Anus. But it's not an anagram of an Elvis Costello song title. (It's of my name.) Holy shit, I just realized the erie similarities between "miss buenos aires" and "Miss E. Blue Anus." And I'm not even high!

I for one, like LJ's anagrams, even though they leave me scratching my head. Keep them coming, eventually I'll figure one out!

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Postby lapinsjolis » Fri May 21, 2004 3:27 pm

Bless you! And your impeccable taste we've all come to admire, though in this case it proves singular. Your anagram sounds like a rapper's name to me.
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."


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