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Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Pretty Words lyrics

I ask you nicely
Get my face slapped under wraps
What's going on precisely
Is there something wrong perhaps?

Surprise, surprise (surprise, surprise)
It's more like a booby trap than a booby prize

Civil disobedience
From a soldier with a dirty rifle
You're loosening all the screws
That hold the hinges of my life

Fat cats and army brats (fat cats and army brats)
Hep cats and dog tag pawing over girly mags

Pretty words don't mean much anymore
I don't mean to be mean much anymore
All I see are snapshots, bigshots, tender spots
Mug shots, machine slots
Till you don't know what's what
You don't know what you got

Curious women
Running after curious men
Curiosity didn't kill the cat
It was a poisoned pen

But there's not much choice (it's hobson's choice)
Between a cruel mouth and a jealous voice

Got back to London
Picked a paper from the man
No words of consolation
Just cartoons and titter tatter

Well well, fancy that (well well, fancy that)
Millions murdered for a kiss me quick hat
No backbone, blood and guts
Better keep your big mouth shut

Pretty words don't mean much anymore
I don't mean to be mean much anymore
All I see are snapshots, bigshots, tender spots
Machine slots, mug shots
Till you don't know what's what
You don't know what you got

You don't know what you got
You don't know what you got