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Alison - Elvis Costello

Alison

My Aim Is True
rock new wave singer-songwriter 70s elvis costello


"Alison" is a bittersweet ballad written by Elvis Costello. The singer articulates his feelings towards Alison, presumably a former lover, who has just got married. Though the music is sweet and tender, the words are harsh and biting. He insists (and repeats) throughout that his "aim is true" (which gave title to his 1977 album), suggesting that, though he is conveying anger, he means well. Or perhaps he offers his "aim" to "put out the big light".


Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus on 25 August 1954) is an internationally known English singer-songwriter. Gaining prominence as an early participant in London's pub rock scene in the mid-70s, he burst into fame with his critically acclaimed 1977 debut 'My Aim Is True', still one of the most successful debuts of all time. He soon did much work in the genres of punk rock, power pop, and New Wave after he formed Elvis Costello & The Attractions. Show more ...

Alison - Elvis Costello

Oh it's so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl.
And with the way you look I understand
That you are not impressed.
But I heard you let that little friend of mine
Take off your party dress.
I'm not going to get too sentimental
Like those other sticky valentines,
'cause I don't know if you've been loving somebody.
I only know it isn't mine.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, alison, my aim is true.

Well I see you've got a husband now.
Did he leave your pretty fingers lying
In the wedding cake?
You used to hold him right in your hand.
I'll bet he took all he could take.
Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
When I hear the silly things that you say.
I think somebody better put out the big light,
Cause I can't stand to see you this way.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, alison, my aim is true.
My aim is true.



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