Song of the Day #3,770: ‘Dishonor the Stars’ – Elvis Costello

‘Dishonor the Stars,’ the ninth track on Elvis Costello’s new album Look Now, is the only love song on an album full of tracks about sorrow and regret.

I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that it’s also my least favorite song on the album. Costello isn’t exactly known for his romantic side.

“Least favorite” sounds a little harsh, though every list has to have something at the bottom. It’s more accurate to say this is the song I’ve taken the longest to warm to.

It is growing on me, though. I like the verses better than the chorus, particularly the delivery of “but it’s not a thrill like this,” which sounds like it’s from an old 50s pop hit.

If a song this textured and enjoyable is the album’s low point, that says a lot for the album.

[Intro]
If you wake and chance to look above you
There’s one I named to show how much I love you
Hanging up high

[Verse]
Poets long have written and have sung of
Moonlight and some distant satellite and
When we’re young we wish upon them

Other men may only dream to kiss you
But it’s not a thrill like this
Put your lips a little closer to my cheek
Then whisper, then speak

So, tell me if you know
How deep can this thing go?

[Pre-Chorus]
Honey will still desire the flowers
And there will be a love like ours
Until the sky dishonors the stars

[Chorus]
What in the world would all this amount to?
If I can’t tell you how much I want you
On such a night the sky might dishonor the stars
Disown and dishonor the stars

[Verse]
Poets long have written and have sung of
Moonlight and some distant satellite and
When we’re young we wish upon them

Other men may only dream to kiss you
But it’s not a thrill like this
Put your lips a little closer to my cheek
Then whisper, then speak

So, tell me if you know
How deep can this thing go?

[Pre-Chorus]
Honey will still desire the flowers
And there will be a love like ours
Until the sky dishonors the stars

[Chorus]
What in the world would all this amount to?
If I can’t tell you how much I want you
On such a night the sky might dishonor the stars
Disown and dishonor the stars

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,770: ‘Dishonor the Stars’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This may not be a highlight of the album, but I agree with you that, if this is a weaker track, it show how strong the record is overall.

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