Elvis Costello - 45 Lyrics




Bells are chiming for victory
There's a page back in history
45
They came back to the world that they fought for
Didn't turn out just like they thought
45

[Chorus:]
Here is a song to sing to do the measuring
What did you lose?
What did you gain?
What did you win?

Nine years later a child is born
There's a record, so you put it on
45
Nine years more, if we're lucky now
Nine-year-old puts his money down
45
Every scratch, every click, every heartbeat
Every breath that I held for you
45
There's a stack of shellac and vinyl
Which is yours now and which is mine?
45

[Chorus]

Bass and treble heal every hurt
There's a rebel in a nylon shirt
But the words are a mystery, I've heard
'Til you turn it down to 33 and 1/3
'Cos it helps with the elocution
Corporations turn revolutions
45

So don't you weep and shed
Just change your name instead
What do you lose when it all goes to your head?

I heard something peculiar said:
"Perhaps he's got a shot and now he's dead"
45
Bells are chiming and tears are falling
It creeps up on you without a warning
45
Every scratch, every click, every heartbeat
Every breath that I bless
I'd be lost, I confess
45





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  1. JP Sarron

    My guess would be old EC was tapping the cheerleader and prom chick.

  2. behaviour99

    Who is the girl in 1:45? Thanks in advance.

  3. DDLP

    SO AWESOME!!!! Creepy and Lovely and BIG and Intimate all at once! DECLAN FOREVER!!!!

  4. Vero K

    Can anyone really break down the meaning of this video? Or the song for that matter? I like it but I'd like to know more

    Vero K

    I see now that the clocks represent the time for people to live. I guess he is representing "god"

    Revolver Ocelot

    It references the end of ww2, the speed of a vinyl record, a type of gun and his age at the time

  5. kirin-rex

    I really wish I could find the "diner" version video for this song. I loved that video.

    Lael Mendes

    enjoy it
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xidzi8_elvis-costello-45_music

    Battle Of Trenton

    It's been pulled down already, Lael.

    ieronimo18

    I live near where the diner video version was recorded. I just ate at the Agawam Diner. I've been searching for the video for many years, to no avail. Does anyone know why it's been buried?

  6. wpollock1

    This is the first time I have seen this video - big Elvis fan......who came up with this video idea? Horrible.

    Clumsy Dad

    most vids are terrible

  7. 青木朋博

    2002年にリリースした『When I Was Cruel』のオープニングトラックですね。当時は“2000年代もロックするぞ”という気合が感じられてとても嬉しかった記憶があります。そして今もなお、素晴らしく偉大なキャリアを築き続けているのだからただただリスペクトです。

  8. Amber Adams Lee.

    I can't wait to see you in October!

  9. Rubby .007

    one of my most treasured elvis costello songs!

  10. Tu Maldita Madre

    Staten Island borough President Jimmy Oddo sent me here.

  11. Brian Walker

    "It creeps up on you without a warning"

    Clumsy Dad

    kinda like the Trump administration

    kleinbottled79

    Til you turn it down to thirty three and a third
    Corporations turn revolutions
    Forty-five

    They came back to the world that they fought for
    Didn't turn out just like they thought
    Forty five

    Bell's are chiming and tears are falling
    It creeps up on you without a warning
    Forty-five

  12. David Frankel

    Such a great song does not merit such an awful, inane video.
    The director must have thought it was Punch the Clock and had the idea to give out a Bunch of Clocks ! No wonder Declan looks bemused.

    David Frankel

    "45"-actually,the lyrics refer to vinyl records, Not clocks..wish he'd told the director that.

    nexthoudini

    The lyrics refer to a lot of different things. The year World War II ended ("Bells are chiming for victory / There's a page back in history / 45"), the rpm of a vinyl record ("There's a record, so you put it on / 45"), a popular caliber of gun ("'Perhaps he's got a shot and now he's dead' / 45"), an age ("It creeps up on you without a warning / 45"). Sure, the lyrics don't refer to clocks, but they don't /just/ refer to vinyl records either.

    David Frankel

    Thanks for the insight !-but the video doesn't do DM's poetry justice

    Steven Hearnden

    Elvis wrote it about turning 45 in age, the clocks being removed are possibly time passing by?

    ToxicKlay

    You'd have to be a total idiot to not understand the context and imagery being presented in the music video. If you were looking for a music video you can shut your brain off for and watch like an imbecile, there is plenty of pop music to satisfy you.

  13. randybmx

    IS HE THE VOICE OF WACKO??!!??!!

  14. taylor hannah

    ROCKS! Great vid also!!

  15. Dennis Rich

    Every scratch, every click, every heartbeat.

  16. Brandon Brideau

    he sounds like stewie from family guy...

  17. NuncNuncNuncNunc

    I totally missed this song when it came out, but cool to see video shot in middle of nowhere MA.

    GF Williams

    Up Rte.1 outside the Agawam Diner in Rowley, MA.

  18. erk7xl

    that little boy @ 1:29 gives his sister the last clock

    too cute

  19. 2degucitas

    Song-writing genius. All you young kids take note, this is how it's done.

  20. Amanda Bentes

    This song is awesome ;D

  21. TheKingtut777

    get some vocal lessons. this is horible

  22. erk7xl

    @113399 This album wasnt advertised very well. Especially after the last couple costello albums.

    I think this was really the beginning of his revival after the bacharach stuff.

  23. spongebobnik

    Kiddos this is all about those little records grandpa used to listen to on a record player. There was a lot special about them. Gone, forever.

    Vero K

    It's not gone. I'm listening to it now :)

  24. RobotSamurai

    How does this only have 8 comments?

  25. Cassandra

    @andrewredfern Fuck you.