Song of the Day #913: ‘Chewing Gum’ – Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello’s Spike features quite a few political songs — including the capital punishment commentary of ‘Let Him Dangle’ and the anti-Thatcher ‘Tramp the Dirt Down’ — and the personal songs are pretty dark.

Even ‘Veronica,’ the jaunty minor hit co-written with Paul McCartney, is about an elderly woman who has seen her identity stripped away while living out her final days in a nursing home.

So while Costello is dressed as a clown on the album’s cover, he’s most decidedly a sad clown.

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