What’s So Funny…

dante1963

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Apr 28, 2016
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No message implied in this post, I just haven’t been able to get this song out of my head today.

I never really gave Elvis Costello much thought.

Then, a while ago my GF and I went to see Bob Dylan. Costello opened for him. Just him and his acoustic guitar. He blew me away. I never knew how great he was. Totally my error.

Even now I think, “Man, I have got to get more Elvis Costello.”
 

dante1963

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Apr 28, 2016
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As I walk through this wicked world
Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself, is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?
And each time I feel like this inside
There's one thing I wanna know
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Oh
What's so funny 'bout peace love and understanding?
And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony
'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Oh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?
So where are the strong?
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony
'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Oh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Oh
What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?
 

dogletnoir

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Nov 1, 2013
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northeastern us
Some of you may know about my attachment to the Great American Songbook
and the classic tune and word-smithing contained therein.
For me, there are only a few contemporary songwiters that belong in that pantheon
and yes, Elvis Costello is one who is up there with the all-time greats (at least imo).
For example:

It takes real talent to write a romantic hit about a stalker/would-be killer.
Talent which is amply on display in just about every single one of his songs,
which are all loaded with double meanings and clever lyrical devices.
The man can definitely turn a phrase...

... and i think Diana Krall agrees.
She did marry him, after all.
Another version by Chet Baker:
 
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dante1963

Senior Stratmaster
Silver Member
Apr 28, 2016
1,963
St. Louis
Some of you may know about my attachment to the Great American Songbook
and the classic tune and word-smithing contained therein.
For me, there are only a few contemporary songwiters that belong in that pantheon
and yes, Elvis Costello is one who is up there with the all-time greats (at least imo).
For example:

It takes real talent to write a romantic hit about a stalker/would-be killer.
Talent which is amply on display in just about every single one of his songs,
which are all loaded with double meanings and clever lyrical devices.
The man can definitely turn a phrase...

... and i think Diana Krall agrees.
She did marry him, after all.
Another version by Chet Baker:


I also love Diana Krall and Chet Baker. Thanks for posting those!
 

Scott Baxendale

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Gold Supporting Member
May 20, 2020
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Athens Ga


No message implied in this post, I just haven’t been able to get this song out of my head today.

I never really gave Elvis Costello much thought.

Then, a while ago my GF and I went to see Bob Dylan. Costello opened for him. Just him and his acoustic guitar. He blew me away. I never knew how great he was. Totally my error.

Even now I think, “Man, I have got to get more Elvis Costello.”

Nick Lowe wrote and produced this song. He’s amazing IMO! Rockpile!
 


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