Elvis Costello Quotes

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Elvis Costello Quotes

I was watching while youre dancing away,
our love got fractured in the echo and sway.
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it.
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Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's really a stupid thing to want to do.

— Elvis Costello

But it's easier to say 'I love you',
than 'Yours, sincerely' I suppose.

— Elvis Costello

I wish you luck with a capital "F".

— Elvis Costello

He's got a mind like a sewer and a heart like a fridge.

— Elvis Costello

So don't try to touch my heart, it's darker than you think
And don't try to read my mind because it's full of disappearing ink

— Elvis Costello

So you take her to the pictures,
trying to become a fixture.
Inch by inch trying to reach her,
all the way through the second feature.
Worrying about your physical fitness,
tell me how you got this sickness?

— Elvis Costello

Life for me is about movement.

— Elvis Costello

I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music.

— Elvis Costello

The Internet is overrated. It's much smaller an innovation than people think it is. I don't think it's changed the way anybody makes music.

— Elvis Costello

I was watching while you're dancing away,
our love got fractured in the echo and sway.
How come everybody wants to be your friend?
You know that it still hurts me just to say it.

— Elvis Costello

Well, I used to be disgusted.
Now I try to be amused.

— Elvis Costello

S you check your effects, check your reflection,
I'm so affected in the face of your affection

— Elvis Costello

We're all just animals. That's all we are, and everything else is just an elaborate justification of our instincts. That's where music comes from. And romantic poetry. And bad novels.

— Elvis Costello

People become so deeply attached to the sound of one period that they blow a fuse when you move on. I've heard people complain bitterly about recordings they haven't even heard.

— Elvis Costello

Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock'n'roll, but it was already a little past rock'n'roll when I started listening and making my own choices about music.

— Elvis Costello

My grandfather and my father disagreed about music, not least of all because my dad wanted to improvise. It wasn't just that he wanted to play different music; it was just that he came off the dots.

— Elvis Costello

Your mind is made up but your mouth is undone.

— Elvis Costello

My dad's father was a White Star Line trumpet player in the '20s. It shaped the way that I think about music. My grandfather was classically trained, military trained. He was an orphan who ended up in the Military School of Music in Kneller Hall.

— Elvis Costello

Well there's a line that you must toe and it'll soon be time to go but it's darker than you know in those Complicated Shadows

— Elvis Costello

Even in a perfect world, where everyone was equal I'd still own the film rights and be working on the sequal

— Elvis Costello

There is something wrong with you if you don't get angry about something.

— Elvis Costello

For all the courage that we never had, I'm just about glad.

— Elvis Costello

When they finally put you in the ground, I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down.

— Elvis Costello

Sometimes I almost feel just like a human being.

— Elvis Costello

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