Words & Music:
Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus (Elvis Costello)
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Don't start me talking; I could talk all night.
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My mind goes sleepwalking while I'm putting the world to right.
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Called careers information. Have you got yourself an occupation?
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Oliver's Army is here to stay. Oliver's Army are on their way.
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And I would rather be anywhere else but here today.
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There was a checkpoint Charlie, he didn't crack a smile.
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But it's no laughing party when you've been on the murder mile.
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Only takes one itchy trigger, one more widow one less white nigger.
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Hong Kong is up for grabs; London is full of Arabs.
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We could be in Palestine, overrun by the Chinese line
with the boys from the Mersey and the Thames and the Tyne.
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But there's no danger. It's a professional career,
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though it could be arranged with just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear.
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If you're out of luck you're out of work; we could send you to Johannesburg
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