Song of the Day #3,389: ‘Pads, Paws and Claws’ – Elvis Costello

The songwriting matchup of Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello yielded many memorable tunes and a couple of minor hits, including Macca’s ‘My Brave Face’ and Elvis’ ‘Veronica.’

You’ll find lots to love in the deeper cuts as well, such as today’s Random SOTD, from the back half of Costello’s 1989 album Spike.

‘Pads, Paws and Claws’ takes its title from a “junk shop book” and depicts one of the unhealthier relationships in the Costello canon, which is saying something.

[Verse 1]
She’s a feline tormentor, not any vaudeville wife
But with a drunk-town lament he leads her a miserable life
But when he’s full of that beer-champagne

[Chorus]
She pads, paws, pads, paws and claws

[Verse 2]
And if he should wake up in some terrible dive
And he don’t know if he’s so-so
But he’s so surprised he’s alive
“Come on little honey, let me under your hive”

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
She pads, pads around the bedroom, practicing ways to flirt
He paws, pours another drink and anything in a skirt
Anything wearing a necklace
He thinks of claws scratching his back
He’s going out there he’s not coming back
She’s got spider-leg fingers, sharpened whenever he strays
And she carries a bird-purse, with all of her womanly ways
Till he’s drinking hairspray, she knows that he never would dare
She could be in pictures if she wasn’t all covered in fur
He’s coming home now and here’s the surprise
You wouldn’t believe the lies that he tries
She cut him down to her favorite size

[Chorus][x2]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,389: ‘Pads, Paws and Claws’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Spike has always been one of my favorite Costello albums, and this song one of its funkiest standouts.

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