Who Sang Joe Porterhouse? Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Elvis Costello & The Attractions Goodbye Cruel World cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1984-6-18
length: 3:30
drums (drum set): Pete Thomas
bass guitar: Bruce Thomas
guitar family: Elvis Costello
keyboard: Steve Nieve
lead vocals: Elvis Costello
Lyrics
The children sit upon the stairs
High above a valley of tears
Don't let them see you crying that way oh no

Oh no Joe Porterhouse
Is not gone forever
He'll be back another day
Don't let them see you crying that way

Chorus
Please don't wake him let him sleep
It's a moment she can keep
Like an old bus ticket or a photograph
Resting on the mantelpiece
While for the wicked there is no peace
She says it's not his time to go
Why we were nearly lovers years ago
Now what is left for me
Among the broken branches of the family tree

Heart like an anchor
Arms like cable
It's stood all alone on an iron turntable
Don't let them see you crying that way oh no

The sun beats down
It's cracking the flags
Boys who should know better
Are stamping out f__s
Don't let them see you laughing that way

Chorus

Oh no Joe Porterhouse
Is not gone forever
He'll be back another day
Don't let them see you crying that way

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Only Flame in Town
  • 2 Home Truth
  • 3 Room With No Number
  • 4 Inch by Inch
  • 5 Worthless Thing
  • 6 Love Field
  • 7 I Wanna Be Loved
  • 8 The Comedians
  • 9 Joe Porterhouse
  • 10 Sour Milk‐Cow Blues
  • 11 The Great Unknown
  • 12 The Deportees Club
  • 13 Peace in Our Time

  • Release information
    label: F-Beat
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    barcode: 0035627031717
    script: Latin