Who Sang …This Town…? 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: 4:31
lead vocals: Declan Patrick MacManus
mixer: Kevin Killen
engineer: Kevin Killen
acoustic guitar: T‐Bone Burnett
maracas: Cait O'Riordan
snare drum: Jim Keltner
bass guitar: Paul McCartney
electronic drum set: Ralph Forbes
12 string guitar: Roger McGuinn
electric guitar & organ & piano & melodica & tambourine & acoustic guitar: Declan Patrick MacManus
bell & glockenspiel: Michael Blair
composer: Declan Patrick MacManus
lyricist: Declan Patrick MacManus
That Charlie Sedarka was a-playing the piano
Like he was pawing a dirty book
He bit a hole in his big bottom lip and gave his
Very best little boy look
It was a song with a topical verse which I'm
Afraid he then proceeded to sing
Something about the moody doomed love of
The Fish-Finger King

You're nobody in this town
You're nobody in this crowd
You're nobody till everybody in this town
Thinks you're poison,
Got your number knows it must be avoided
You're nobody till everybody in this town
Thinks you're a bastard

Mr. Getgood moved up to Self-Made Man Row
Although he swears that he's the salt of the earth
He's so proud of the "kick-me-hard" sign that
They hung on his back at birth
He said "I appreciate beauty, if I have one, then
It's my fault"
"Beauty is on my pillow, beauty is there in
My vault"


The girl with the eternity rock went down on
Her bookie to buy some stock
Now all her signs in the shopping arcades say
"The corporation thief is The New Jesse James"
Her clothes and her attention were scant, her
Eyes were everywhere,
Her eyes were like absinthe
The little green figures that dance on his screen
Say everything you want to hear and nothing
They mean
They made love while she was changing her dress
She wiped him off she wiped him out and then
She made him confess
A little amused by the belief in her power
You must remember this it was the fetish of
The hour


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