Watching the Detectives Lyrics

Elvis Costello


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Elvis Costello
album: Track 2 in album iTunes Originals
release date: 2007-6-19
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
length: 3:46
producer: Nick Lowe
composer: Declan Patrick MacManus
lyricist: Declan Patrick MacManus

Cover Art

Elvis Costello iTunes Originals cover art
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Nice girls, not one with a defect
Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
Red dogs under illegal x
She looks so good that he gets down and begs

She is watching the detectives
"Ooh, he's so cute"
She is watching the detectives
When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
They beat him up until the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

Long shot at that jumping sign
Invisible shivers running down my spine
Cut to baby taking off her clothes
Close-up of the sign that says "We never close"
He snatches at you and you match his cigarette
She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
I don't know how much more of this I can take
She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake

She is watching the detectives
"Ooh, he's so cute"
She is watching the detectives
Oh when they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
They beat him up until the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
Now fear is here to stay, love is here for a visit
They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
Someone's scratching at the window, I wonder who is it?
The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
It only took my little fingers to blow you away

Just like watching the detectives
Don't get cute
Just like watching the detectives
I get so angry when the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

Watching the detectives
It's just like watching the detectives
Watching the detectives
Watching the detectives

Watching the detectives
Watching the detectives
They're watching the detectives
Watching the detectives


Track Listing


Digital Media 1
  • 1 It Was Recorded Almost by Accident
  • 2 Watching the Detectives
  • 3 It Was the Ballad of This Year's Model
  • 4 Little Triggers
  • 5 It Has Mick Jones of the Clash Playing Guitar
  • 6 Big Tears
  • 7 It Was About People Meeting in the Night at a Hotel, Not a Complicated Story
  • 8 Motel Matches
  • 9 It's a More Regretful Song
  • 10 Riot Act
  • 11 It Was More the Expression Came to Mind
  • 12 Kid About It
  • 13 I Told a Tale, Which You Have to Listen to the Lyrics
  • 14 Man Out of Time
  • 15 An Example of One of Those Songs That Nearly Got Away
  • 16 Love Field
  • 17 The Main Body of the Song Is Very Repetitive, It's Supposed to Be Like That
  • 18 I Want You
  • 19 I'm Glad to Get the Opportunity to Put the Word to the Fore
  • 20 Invasion Hit Parade
  • 21 It's Kind of a Gospel Song
  • 22 Bedlam
  • 23 It's More of the Idea That We Are in a Flow Towards a Way of Living
  • 24 The River in Reverse