Song of the Day #3,481: ‘Clubland’ – Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello has so many albums in such a wide range of genres that I own some I’ve barely ever heard.

Such is the case with My Flame Burns Blue, a 2006 live release featuring Costello performing with the 52-member Metropole Orkest, a jazz-pop orchestra based in the Netherlands. They played previously unreleased compositions as well as reimagined versions of Costello’s older work.

Today’s track is an example of the latter — a jazzy take on Costello’s ‘Clubland,’ originally released as a single from his 1981 album Trust.

I admire the ambition and artistry on display here, but I definitely prefer the original.

With a handful of backhanders and a bevy of beauty
You’re going off limits
Going off duty
Going off the rails
Going off with booty
They tell tales of fiction found on all the criminal types
Lead to a higher ranking man or a face with thin red stripes

The boys next door
The mums and dads
New weds and nearly-deads
Have you ever been had in Clubland?

There’s a piece in someone’s pocket to do the dirty work
You’ve come to shoot the pony
They’ve come to do the jerk
They leave him half way to paradise
They leave you half way to bliss
The ladies’ invitation never seemed like this


The long arm of the law slides up the outskirts of town
Meanwhile in Clubland they are ready to pull them down

The right to work is traded in for the right to refuse admission
Don’t pass out now, there’s no refund
Did you find out what you were missing
The crowd is taking forty winks minus ten percent
You barely get required sleep to go lingering with contemptment
Thursday to Saturday
Money’s gone already
Some things come in common these days
Your hands and work aren’t steady



One thought on “Song of the Day #3,481: ‘Clubland’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I don’t think I was aware of this album. I agree with – cool experiment, but it just makes me want to hear the original.

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