Elvis Costello — Peace, Love and Understanding
Album: Armed Forces
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Released: 1979
Length: 3:25
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As i walk through
This wicked world
Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity.

I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?

And each time i feel like this inside,
There's one thing i wanna know:
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?

And as i walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.

'cause each time i feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry.
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?


So where are the strong?
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.

'cause each time i feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry.
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? ohhhh
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?
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always relevant, sigh.
 Proclivities wrote:
 treatment_bound wrote:
Elvis Costello - Creem Magazine United States (May 1979)

I think I had this edition of Cream way back when.
Can't really remember anything about the Fabulous Poodles!

creem 

Now that you bring up that name, I vaguely remember a song called "Mirror Star" by them.  I think a friend of mine had the album back then.

 
One of those bands that got a lot of press, represented the Youth of Today, etc etc. but didn't get any airplay in the flyover states. I wasn't curious enough to special order the album and by the time I did hear it, years later, was pretty meh.
 Paul_Williams wrote:

Elvis Costello is not short on talent, but his voice had changed quite a bit by the time he recorded this, no doubt.

Happens to a lot of singers - their voices get deeper and weaker as they get older due to any number of reasons - how they've treated them, whether they smoke or not, what sort of training they do, etc, etc.

Not just male singers either - Joni Mitchell, for example?

 
He was 25 when he recorded this.
 treatment_bound wrote:
Elvis Costello - Creem Magazine United States (May 1979)

I think I had this edition of Cream way back when.
Can't really remember anything about the Fabulous Poodles!

creem 

Now that you bring up that name, I vaguely remember a song called "Mirror Star" by them.  I think a friend of mine had the album back then.
Elvis Costello - Creem Magazine United States (May 1979)

I think I had this edition of Cream way back when.
Can't really remember anything about the Fabulous Poodles!
Sitting in the hospital for an all-day infusion, earbuds jammed deep, volume 16 outta 10, doing my damn best to not belt out the lyrics to all the other sad sacks here. This is how a rock sound should be played! {#Drummer}
 
{#Drummer}{#Notworthy}{#Cheers}
Nice cover
 richardfrey wrote:
Great tune!  I love the Nick Lowe live acoustic version from a years ago.  So pure but gotta love Elvis Costello!

 
Bumped from 8 to 10 for me - lyrics and punk delivery are a perfect mix. Hard to imagine a better combo!
I've come to appreciate Elvis more as I have aged, but he is clearly a graduate of the Bob Dylan School of Annuciation.
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
What's he saying? Terrible.

 
If you're going to answer your own question, you could at least answer it correctly.
Great tune!  I love the Nick Lowe live acoustic version from a years ago.  So pure but gotta love Elvis Costello!
will catch him live in a few weeks, so much looking forward...
{#Jump} 
One for the Orange Nightmare soon to be in the White House! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Have all ways loved this song
Sunday please Bill what's he saying?please make it stop!
Boy do we need this right now
 treatment_bound wrote:

SONGWRITING!

 
I agree! (However this particular song was written by Nick Lowe.)
 Orangeman wrote:
Ok...I don't get it. Don't get why he is a " big star " .

 
SONGWRITING!
Ok...I don't get it. Don't get why he is a " big star " .
What's he saying? Terrible.
Love the segue from the Youngbloods' Get Together to this. 2 great songs with sililar themes but with a huge contrast in styles. Love RP for that!
Ok ok I'll send in money please Make Elvis stop he's so out of tune. What' am I missing Billy?
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Please make it stop!

 
It's called the PSD button or mute. Just doin' my part.
 skimbrie wrote:
If only I could find this tune on karaoke. I would kill it.

 
it would be fun to do
 Paul_Williams wrote:

Elvis Costello is not short on talent, but his voice had changed quite a bit by the time he recorded this, no doubt.

Happens to a lot of singers - their voices get deeper and weaker as they get older due to any number of reasons - how they've treated them, whether they smoke or not, what sort of training they do, etc, etc.

Not just male singers either - Joni Mitchell, for example?

 
This song was recorded early in his career, so his voice hadn't changed much at this point. I actually haven't noticed much of a change in his voice over the years.
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Talent is missing big time here, is that a singer? 

 
What's missing is in the receptors.
hear! hear!
 "hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!" 

Not long ago Stephen Stills said that it's sad that his song "For What It's Worth" can still be sung with a straight face and that it should be a parody by now.
I'll add Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On", The Youngboolds "Let's Get Together" and this song 
AFTER 37 YEARS...never fails to WAKE ME UP!
If only I could find this tune on karaoke. I would kill it.
 Stefan_Lutz wrote:
Talent is missing big time here, is that a singer? 

 
Elvis Costello is not short on talent, but his voice had changed quite a bit by the time he recorded this, no doubt.

Happens to a lot of singers - their voices get deeper and weaker as they get older due to any number of reasons - how they've treated them, whether they smoke or not, what sort of training they do, etc, etc.

Not just male singers either - Joni Mitchell, for example?
Talent is missing big time here, is that a singer? 
Great song, Could not agree more with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe (who wrote this song).  It's time to start asking this question again. Peace
 
 max_p wrote:
makes me wanna cry when I *still* see Costello try to insert his limited talents into current day entertainment.

 
this requires an edit
makes me wanna cry when i see Costello try to insert his extraordinary talents into limited current day entertainment 
Please make it stop!
nice intvw w/colbert last week 
Three songs in a row with incredible drumming:
Elvis Costello — Peace, Love and Understanding

Here's the late Keith Moon, and the thankfully alive Jay Dee Daugherty and Pete Thomas 
Great Nick Lowe song. Anyone can sing it & pull it off.
 springof63 wrote:
Just one thing bothering me here. I've got the Armed Forces album (UK release).
This track is not on it.
Was it only on the USA release of Armed Forces, or a reissue?

 
This song was on the original North American pressing, which also had an alternate cover.
One of my all time favorite tunes....so-oh-oh oh-oh-oh! {#Bananajam}

Such a cool song ...

 
 wossName wrote:
Those drums are awesome on headphones!

 
Well spotted!
Pete Thomas a genius without doubt!
Dunno how familiar you may be with Elvis Costello & The Attractions other work but if i may suggest giving 'Lipstick Vogue' from the 'This Years Model' album a listen (with your headphones on) - you're gonna love it {#Music}
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBRKgL0AsyQ


Just one thing bothering me here. I've got the Armed Forces album (UK release).
This track is not on it.
Was it only on the USA release of Armed Forces, or a reissue?
makes me wanna cry when I *still* see Costello try to insert his limited talents into current day entertainment.
Pardon me, but WTF?!
YES!!!   YES!!!   YES!!!


Great Set, very topical: Youngbloods, followed up by Elvis Costello.  You don't editorialize, Bill, but your selections do betray a commonality of feeling with this listener at least.   {#Clap}
Loving the segues this morning.......creative!
I love it when Bill Murray does a karaoke version of this song on 'Lost in Translation'.

Great song, great Elvis Costello, great album
Those drums are awesome on headphones!