Who Sang Indoor Fireworks? Elvis Costello feat. The Attractions and The Confederates

The Confederates King of America cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1986-2-21
length: 4:10
We play these parlour games
We play at make believe
When we get to the part where I say that I'm going to leave
Everybody loves a happy ending but we don't even try
We go straight past pretending
To the part where everybody loves to cry

Indoor fireworks
Can still burn your fingers
Indoor fireworks
We swore we were safe as houses
They're not so spectacular
They don't burn up in the sky
But they can dazzle or delight
Or bring a tear
When the smoke gets in your eyes

You were the spice of life
The gin in my vermouth
And though the sparks would fly
I thought our love was fireproof
Sometimes we'd fight in public darling
With very little cause
But different kinds of sparks would fly
When we got on our own behind closed doors


It's time to tell the truth
These things have to be faced
My fuse is burning out
And all that powder's gone to waste
Don't think for a moment dear that we'll ever be through
I'll build a bonfire of my dreams
And burn a broken effigy of me and you


  • 1 Brilliant Mistake
  • 2 Lovable
  • 3 Our Little Angel
  • 4 Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • 5 Glitter Gulch
  • 6 Indoor Fireworks
  • 7 Little Palaces
  • 8 I’ll Wear It Proudly
  • 9 American Without Tears
  • 10 Eisenhower Blues
  • 11 Poisoned Rose
  • 12 The Big Light
  • 13 Jack of All Parades
  • 14 Suit of Lights
  • 15 Sleep of the Just

  • Release information
    country(area): Germany
    script: Latin