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Fake Tin Star


by Elvis Costello. Buy album CD: Other Songs I - PA


(Krall/Costello)

Things these days are better by far,
A horse can out run a motor car,
If the wheels are rubber and the rails are steel
That beast can outrun any automobile

Here's the story of progress and all the bullets they spent
On a sheet hung up in a circus tent
There's a lantern shining - it's pointing the way
This kind man has probably had his day
But they keep him around with his last vain hope
For selling tickets while spinning a rope.
They brought him down off the vanishing trail
But nobody these days wants to hear his tale
So he spends his nights leaning up at the bar
The real gone cowboy with the fake tin star.

Up on the screen there's a boy half his age
They pay him 20 times his weekly wage
For dodging phony bullets and catching blunt blades
For blowing up horses and kissing young maids.

Children cheer
Women throw flowers
Men just glower
Up at the screen
But they don't know
Just what it means
Vengeance and dreams.

Girls just swoon at the mention of him
With his face all powdered and his immaculate brim
And his hair pommaded and his fingernails clean
While old men whisper "Just look at him preen"
And outside muttering through a cheap cigar
There's a real gone cowboy with a fake tin star




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Album: Other Songs I - PA Lyrics
cd Buy "Other Songs I - PA" CD
  1. (I Don't Wanna) Go To Chelsea
  2. (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace Love And Understandi
  3. Adrian
  4. Alibi factory
  5. Forty-five
  6. Honey, are you straight
  7. Little goody two shoes
  8. Peace, Love And Understanding
  9. Red Shoes
  10. She
  11. The days take care of everything
  12. The only daddy that'll
  13. When i was cruel#1
  14. Why Don't You Love Me ?
  15. You stole my bell
  16. Your mind is on vacation
  17. Abandoned Masquerade
  18. Back On My Feet
  19. Bright Blue Times
  20. Brilliant Disguise
  21. Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
  22. Come Away, Death
  23. Couldn't You Keep That To Yourself
  24. Don't Be Careless Love
  25. Fake Tin Star
  26. Fire Suite 1
  27. Fire Suite 3
  28. Fire Suite Reprise
  29. I Dreamed Of My Old Lover Last Night
  30. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
  31. I Throw My Toys Around
  32. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
  33. Less Than Zero (Dallas Version)
  34. Lesson In Cruelty
  35. Life Shrinks
  36. Long Journey Home
  37. Lost In The Stars
  38. Lovers That Never Were
  39. Mischievous Ghost
  40. Mistress And Maid
  41. My Mood Swings
  42. O, Mistress Mine
  43. Oh Well
  44. Party Party
  45. Passionate Fight

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