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The People's Limousine

This song is by Elvis Costello and appears on the album King of America (1986) and on the album Out Of Our Idiot (1987).

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It's a chilly Florentine evening
Two men in evening hats
Telling tales of the underground and
Fishing for Reds

Policemen armed with Uzis
Stand guard but they don't speak
Ain't seen no Michelangelo
He'll be here next week

The girl in the shoes with the crystal heels
Went chaperoned by her brother
They raise a glass of amber wine
Take pictures of each other

Of the policemen in the fountains
And the sickle and the hammer
And they came with Uncle Romulus
With his walking cane and camera

She looked like someone's girlfriend
She looked like a dream
She looked as unlikely
As the people's limousine

Come and sit by me, girl
Before I breathe the breath out of you
Hush your mouth and cover your eyes
For I'll tell your father of you

He paid to have you painted
In the company of angels
Only to find you flirting anew
With Chico Marx and perverted Engels

She looked like someone's girlfriend
She looked like a dream
She looked as unlikely
As the people's limousine

The patron saint of television smiles down from the shelf
Romulus can't criticize but he can't bless himself
He has a tin of pea-green paint and a big roll of black tape
To vandalize these obscenities then make his escape

She walked up to the nice policeman and asked him for a match
He saw Romulus approaching and slipped off the safety catch
Then cut down her uncle, he was painted red and green
Just as she was kidnapped in the people's limousine

She looked like someone's girlfriend
She looked like a dream
She looked as unlikely
As the people's limousine

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