Song of the Day #4,006: ‘The Big Light’ – Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello’s 1986 album King of America blended Country and Americana flavors with his brand of brainy singer-songwriter rock, resulting in one of his greatest achievements.

Among confessional ballads and geo-political explorations, Costello dropped in a few fun rave-ups, including today’s SOTD, ‘The Big Light.’

This is the most straight-forward lyric you’ll ever find in an Elvis Costello song. Nothing to decipher or puzzle over here, just a straightforward depiction of the morning after a drunken night.

[Verse 1]
Well I had a little feeling to have a big night
And I woke up feeling small and not so brave and not quite right
I had to face the who am I and where is she and what did I do
But worst of all I had to face the big light

[Chorus]
The big light came through my window and it opened up my eyelids
And it snapped them up like roller blinds
And told me things that I did
I can’t face another day and night of good ideas and complications
And I’m thankful that I didn’t open another bottle of inspiration

[Verse 2]
When the hangover this morning had a personality
And I cast my shattered mind over selected memories
I didn’t even touch the light switch so I knew I’d never see
The Haggard face that would be staring back at me

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
Well I had a little feeling to have a big time
And I woke up to alarm bells like a big church chime
I had to face the who am I and who is she and what did I do
But worst of all I had to face the big light

[Chorus]

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,006: ‘The Big Light’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Love this album!

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