Song of the Day #3,768: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Hush’ – Elvis Costello

Track seven of Elvis Costello’s Look Now, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Hush’ is one of the most fun songs on the album.

This is the funkiest, grooviest track on Look Now but it doesn’t feel out of place. Costello has a way of skipping through genres on a single album without sacrificing the cohesiveness of the whole. This might be his Imperial Bedroom meets Painted From Memory album, but that doesn’t mean he can’t slip in a little Get Happy!! or Trust.

‘Mr. and Mrs. Hush’ makes fine use of backup singers and even finer use of its horn section. I really like the production, particularly the way the song expands sonically midway through the first verse.

[Verse 1]
I tripped through a house of mirrors
Distorted my suspicions and fears
(I heard a whisper)
There is a place where those secrets begin
(They had a list)
I gave my name and they invited me in
(But here’s the twist)
A sign flickered and it started to flash
“Welcome Mr. and Mrs. Hush”

[Chorus]
Haven’t you tired of that darkness yet?
Didn’t you cry your heart out?
It’s only a dream
What is it about love you can’t accept?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
To be Mr. and Mrs. Hush
Mr. and Mrs. Hush

[Verse 2]
But it was something I just couldn’t understand
‘Til I slipped my finger into the band
Just think what those eyes might betray
Stare hard and now don’t look away

[Chorus]
Haven’t you tired of that darkness yet?
Didn’t you cry your heart out?
It’s only a dream
What is it about love you can’t accept?
Are you ready?
Are you ready?
Are you ready to be
Mr. and Mrs. Hush
Mr. and Mrs. Hush

[Bridge]
I don’t know if I’m deep down
Right inside her heart or outside her door
I don’t know if I have the key to either
Uncertain if I should take her hand or leave her

[Verse 3]
(I thought I saw her)
It’s a game of blindfold and bluff
(I thought I saw her)
You know I love you, is it ever enough?
(I thought I saw her)
Oh, what did I know
(I thought I saw her)
Heigh-ho and there you go
(I thought I saw her)
No one has deep down kisses like hers
(I thought I saw her)
A voice that caresses and heels like spurs
(I thought I saw her)
What if you walked in with some other fellow
(I thought I saw her)
Heat is rising and red is the colour
(I thought I saw her)
Green is the colour of my true love’s eyes
Green is the colour of those jealous disguises

[Chorus – Outro]
Haven’t you tired of that darkness yet?
Didn’t you cry your heart out?
It’s only a dream
What is it about my love you can’t accept?
Are you ready? (are you ready?)
Are you ready? (are you ready?)
Are you ready to be
Mr. and Mrs. Hush
Mr. and Mrs. Hush
Mr. and Mrs. Hush
Mr. and Mrs. Hush

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,768: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Hush’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    If there is one relatively consistent musical theme on this album, it’s the influence of the 60’s and 70’s styles. This song, with its backup vocals, horns, and the lyrical call “Are You Ready?” harkens back to the Motown sound that clearly impacted Elvis during his musically formative years.

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