Who Sang Chewing Gum? 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: 3:48
lead vocals: Elvis Costello
trumpet: Gregory Davis and Efrem Towns
mixer: Kevin Killen
engineer: Kevin Killen
guitar: Elvis Costello and Marc Ribot
tenor saxophone: Kevin Harris
drums (drum set): Willie Green
horn arranger: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Declan Patrick MacManus
Clavinet: Benmont Tench
soprano saxophone & baritone saxophone: Roger Lewis
sousaphone: Kirk Joseph
percussion: Michael Blair
composer: Declan Patrick MacManus
lyricist: Declan Patrick MacManus
With their cardboard hands by their sides,
Here`s a naked man and lady
And they`re yours to cut out and keep
So you can dress them up maybe
They don`t know just who they are, or who they`re supposed to be
You can make them happy or sad
Or assume their identity

So here they are in the departure lounge
It`s the "Gateway to the East"
She is just another mail-order bride
She doesn't know he`s a kinky beast
So he gives her a picture of Maradona and child
She wants to "roll and rock"
As he spills his beer over her, bumps and he
Grinds, as he repeats "Bangkok"

There must be something that is better than this
It starts with a slap and ends up with a kiss
Begins with you bawling and it ends up in tears
Oh my little one, take that chewing gum out of your ears

She might as well be in the jungle
She might as well be on the moon
He`s away on a business trip, in Dusseldorf, but she`s becoming immune
To the lack of glamor and danger in a West-German city today
The nearest she comes to the "Dynasty" he promised her
Is a Chinese takeaway


Though he only taught her three little words, it
Doesn't matter if they`re dirty or clean
He can only control what they look like
He can never possess what they mean
Now he wants to whisper in her ear
All the shrinking nothingness
But something always comes between them,
I wonder if you can guess


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