I know I'm a few days late on this, but I wanted to give it a lot of careful thought and sober reflection. Because Wednesday night's show at the Ryman was so fan-freakin'-tastic (you know what doesn't hurt? Doing eight songs with Emmylou Harris), and because the author of "High Fidelity" (the song) naturally lends himself to top five lists, here are my five favorite bitter, angry, dismissive and/or insulting Elvis Costello lyrics, drawn only from songs performed Wednesday.
The furious five:
5. "You think that you'll be sweet to her, but everybody knows/That you're the marshmallow valentine that got stuck on her clothes" ("Our LIttle Angel")
4. "Liars like you are ten-a-penny/ Women would slap you, if you knew any" ("Needle Time")
3. "Those in the know don't even flatter her, they go one better/'She was selling speedboats in a tradeshow when he met her'" ("When I Was Cruel No. 2")
2. "Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking when I hear the silly things that you say" ("Alison")
And of course ...
1. "The radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools trying to anaesthetize the way that you feel" ("Radio, Radio")
(Note: I have worked this angle before
, but that was a few years ago and nobody read it the first time. Thanks to CostelloNews.com
, the EC obsessive's best friend, for the memory-jogging setlist.)