Lost Music: The Imposter (Elvis Costello)

Remembering Lost Songs

The Imposter - Elvis Costello

I've always liked Elvis Costello's work and today's Lost Song is my favorite Elvis Costello song; it's a tune called The Imposter which was a track on his 1979 epic album Get Happy!  The song is filled with wild energy and as the sound comes pounding out of the speakers one can imagine someone has grabbed you by the lapels and gave you a good slap across the cheek.  Ouch!

I've always regarded The Imposter as a song that is clearly about betrayal.  The second verse captures that exact feeling: "You've never been this far, You've always been too smart, And you know all our boys Are really girls at heart, And he's not the man you'd think that he can be, I just don't know why you can't see, That he is only the imposter"  Costello sells this song to the listener very well.  His voice is charged with anger and bitterness.  Sometimes in life things go that way, eh?


 

 

THE IMPOSTER

Trying to be too bad 
Trying to talk too tough 
Trying to jack the lad 
You'd think he'd had enough 
But he's not the man you'd think that he can be 
I just don't know why you can't see 
That he is only the imposter 
That he is only the imposter 

You've never been this far 
You've always been too smart 
And you know all our boys 
Are really girls at heart 
And he's not the man you'd think that he can be 
I just don't know why you can't see 
That he is only the imposter 
That he is only the imposter 

When I said that I was lying, I might have been lying 
Never let me hear you say you're not trying 

This is your big decision 
Hope you're not disappointed 
He's got double vision 
When you want him double jointed 
And he's not the man you'd think that he can be 
I just don't know why you can't see 
The imposter 

He'll only bring you souvenirs 
It's only gonna end in tears 
And he is only the imposter 
And he is only the imposter

 



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