Who Sang Any King’s Shilling? Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello Spike cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1989-2-6
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Alternative Rock/Rock & Roll
length: 6:07
lead vocals: Elvis Costello
double bass: Buell Neidlinger
mixer: Kevin Killen
engineer: Kevin Killen
acoustic guitar: Elvis Costello
fiddle: Frankie Gavin and Steve Wickham
bouzouki: Dónal Lunny
bodhrán: Christy Moore
low whistle & uilleann pipes: Davy Spillane
hammered dulcimer & Irish harp / clàrsach: Derek Bell
Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You're a fine one, oh yes you are
You're a fine one just like me
And we're friends now, oh wouldn't you say?
We've been friends now, oh haven't we?
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good
For you
I can't say more it would be telling
For if you don't what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling
I will answer when they make that call, pull
Upon this ragged uniform
Up till now I know it's been your trade
Spit and polish the potato parade
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good
For you
I can't say more it would be telling
For if you don't what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling

[Chorus]
Please don't put your silly head in that pretty
Soldier's hat
You've done your duty, that's enough of that

[Verse 2]
I don't know if what I'm doing is right
I don't know if you should be forgiving
But for me it seems it means my life
While for you it could just be a living
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good
For you
I can't say more it would be telling
For if you don't what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling

[Chorus]

[Outro]
You're a fine one, oh yes you are
You're a fine one, just like me


Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 …This Town…
  • 2 Let Him Dangle
  • 3 Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
  • 4 Veronica
  • 5 God’s Comic
  • 6 Chewing Gum
  • 7 Tramp the Dirt Down
  • 8 Stalin Malone
  • 9 Satellite
  • 10 Pads, Paws and Claws
  • 11 Baby Plays Around
  • 12 Miss Macbeth
  • 13 Any King’s Shilling
  • 14 Coal‐Train Robberies
  • 15 Last Boat Leaving

  • Release information
    label: Warner Bros. Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075992584821
    script: Latin