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Invasion Hit Parade

This song is by Elvis Costello and appears on the album Mighty Like a Rose (1991).

Now that you set everybody free
What are you going to do about me?
Don't want to be treated like some poor grateful clown
I'd rather go back to the sweet underground

Where I can tell the time by the colour of my skin
And I know my neighbour 'cause he's the one
Yes he's the one
Who always turns me in

A woman works the tunnel in the middle of the night
Picking up every lost object in sight
Handbags, toupees, lost legs and fingernails
The black market eats up all your failures

Her transistor offers no salvation or regrets
No pool, no pets, no cigarettes
Just non-stop discoteques and the Sex-o-lettes

There's no name (there's no name, there's no name)
No name for the place or pain we'll cause you
Again and again
If you do not cooperate with the Invasion Hit Parade

The liberation forces make movies of their own
Playing their Doors records and pretending to be stoned
Drowning out a broadcast that wasn't authorised
Incidentally, the revolution will be televised

With one head for business and another for good looks
Until they started arriving
With their rubber aprons and their
Butcher's hooks

There's no name (there's no name, there's no name)
No name for the place or pain we'll cause you
Again and again
If you do not cooperate with the Invasion Hit Parade

They're hunting us down here with Liberty's light
A handshaking double talking procession of the mighty
Pursued by a T.V. crew and coming after them
A limousine of singing stars and their brotherhood anthem

The former dictator was impeccably behaved
They're mopping up all the stubborn ones
Who just refuse to be saved

There's no name (there's no name, there's no name)
No name for the place or pain we'll cause you
Again and again
If you do not cooperate with the Invasion Hit Parade

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