UB40 - The Elevator Lyrics

UB40 Rat in the Kitchen cover art
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1st floor decide what you'll be one day
With a head full of comment and nothing to say
2nd floor mixed up it happens that way
Soon you realize that listening don't pay
3rd floor in limbo, no easy moves
Up or down it's time to choose

[Chorus]
The elevators going up
Quick the door's about to shut
Too late we're full just hang around
It won't be long - it won't be long before it's down

4th floor the job hunt and all that you ask
Is an honest day's pay for an honest day's graft
5th floor you may make a little more money
Now it's apparent downstairs ain't so fuuny
6th floor a mortgage, a collar and tie
2 weeks vacation in June or July

[Chorus]

The elevators going up
Quick the door's about to shut ....

7th floor expenses and private schools
Pushing a pen you're not turning the tools
8th floor position, respect and acclaim
Move up the 9th for fortune or fame
10th floor for investment and real estate
Recouping the redies before it's tool late
11th floor the penthouse the final cut
With a head full of comment and a mouth that stays shut

[Chorus]

The elevators going up
Quick the door's about to shut...
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 All I Want to Do
  • 2 You Could Meet Somebody
  • 3 Tell It Like It Is
  • 4 The Elevator
  • 5 Watchdogs
  • 6 Rat in Mi Kitchen
  • 7 Looking Down at My Reflection
  • 8 Don’t Blame Me
  • 9 Sing Our Own Song


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Roba Music, Ultra Tunes, Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue, Terrence Oswald Wilson
    album: Track 4 in album Rat in the Kitchen
    release date: 1986-7-28
    popularity : 57 users have visited this page.
    genres: Electronic Reggae
    styles: Dub/Synth-pop/Reggae-Pop
    length: 3:25
    producer: UB40
    guest: Mo Birch
    composer: Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue, Terence Wilson
    lyricist: Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue, Terence Wilson
    Album Information
    label: DEP International
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 5012981001124
    script: Latin