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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If you don't like this song about Peace, Love and Understanding I'm gonna come over there and KICK YOUR ASS!!
Oh, wait . . .
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!