Song of the Day #1,435: ‘Little Goody Two Shoes [Alternate Version]’ – Elvis Costello

OK, I understand that truly random groupings will always result in clusters that appear anything but random, but it still seems weird that this series has turned into Elvis Costello Bonus Track Weekends over the past several weeks.

Nothing against Mr. Costello, who is of course one of my very favorite artists, but it’s time to give somebody else a shot! And while all of these bonus tracks are enjoyable enough, they mostly justify the fact that they were left off of his official releases.

In fact, I believe this is the first time I’ve even heard this song. There is simply too much material spread across the dozen or so Costello reissues, each of which contains a second disc of 15-20 songs. It’s the very definition of too much of a good thing.

You can take a powder
You can take a drink
You can keep the shrink
And the kitchen sink
You can write my name in heaven in invisible ink
Just leave it, baby, when there’s no time to think

Little goody two shoes is here to clinch
You can miss it by a mile or you can miss by an inch
Don’t move a muscle, baby, don’t even flinch
Or little goody two shoes will feel the pinch

You can take me under
You can give me a lip
You can take me over
You can give me the slip
You can take off everything or tear me off a strip
With a bullet in the chamber and another in the clip

Little goody two shoes is here to clinch
You can miss it by a mile or you can miss by an inch
Don’t move a muscle, baby, don’t even flinch
Or little goody two shoes will feel the pinch

Just when you thought you got what you deserved
Just when it’s time to stop trying
A voice says, “Boy, have you got a nerve
Why do you have to keep crying and crying?”

You can take me outside
You can take me apart
You can take me upstairs
You can take me to heart
You can take the decision that it’s time to depart
Don’t try to stop me when you told me to start

Little goody two shoes is here to clinch
You can miss it by a mile or you can miss by an inch
Don’t move a muscle, baby, don’t even flinch
Or little goody two shoes will feel the pinch

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,435: ‘Little Goody Two Shoes [Alternate Version]’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana says:

    This is an alternate version? I don’t think I’ve ever heard the version that made its way onto an album. A search for the song on the web indicates it was on some UK compilation album called Out of our Idiots. Do you own that record?

    This selection by the iTunes fairy is giving new meaning to random.

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