Who Sang Little Palaces? Elvis Costello feat. The Attractions and The Confederates

The Confederates King of America cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1986-2-21
length: 3:49
Lyrics
In Chocolate Town all the trains are painted brown
In the silver paper of the wrapper
There's a dapper little man
And he wears a wax mustache
That he twists with nicotine fingers
As he drops his cigarette ash
And someone comes and sweeps it up
And then he doffs his cap
And there's a rat in someone's bedroom
And they're shutting someone's trap
And they'll soon be pulling down the little palaces

And the doors swing back and forward, from the past into the present
And the bedside crucifixion turns from wood to phosphorescent
And they're moving problem families from the South up to the North,
Mother's crying over some soft soap opera divorce,
And you say you didn't do it, but you know you did of course,
And they'll soon be pulling down the little palaces

It's like shouting in a matchbox, filled with plasterboard and hope,
Like a picture of Prince William in the arms of John the Pope
There's a world of good intentions, and pity in their eyes,
The sedated homes of England, are theirs to vandalize

So you knock the kids about a bit, because they've got your name,
And you knock the kids about a bit, until they feel the same
And they feel like knocking down the little palaces

You're the twinkle in your daddy's eye, a name you spray and scribble,
You made the girls all turn their heads, and in turn they made you miserable
To be the heir apparent, to the kingdom of the invisible

Well you knock the kids about a bit, because they've got your name,
And you knock the kids about a bit, until they feel the same
And they feel like knocking down the little palaces

Tracklist
  • 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