I'm just the mere shadow of my former selfishness. I crave the silhouette of your kiss.

— Elvis Costello

The most cheerful Elvis Costello quotes that are free to learn and impress others

I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.

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I'd been to Memphis before, but we stayed out of Memphis early on in the late 70s for obvious reasons. People were very sensitive about Elvis Presley, and my stage name obviously would be provocative to some people in that area at that time.

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There are five things to write songs about: I'm leaving you.

You're leaving me. I want you. You don't want me. I believe in something. Five subjects, and 12 notes. For all that, we musicians do pretty well.

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I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.

16

I feel like a juggler running out of hands.

14

I started with rock n' roll and...then you start to take it apart like a child with a toy and you see there's blues and there's country...Then you go back from country into American music...and you end up in Scotland and Ireland eventually.

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I can't say anymore than I love you. Anything else would be a waste of breath.

12

Don't wear your heart on your sleeve when your remarks are off the cuff.

12

People think it is all about country music, and I know a lot of country music has come out of there, but like Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dillon was recorded there. A lot of great records; R&B records, jazz records. It's a lot of great players and great studios.

12

Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me.

10

Women hear rhythm differently than men.

10

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?

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About Elvis Costello

Quotes 148 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Musician
Birthday October 16

Music is more like water than a rhinoceros.

It doesn't charge madly down one path. It runs away in every direction.

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I wish you luck with a capital F.

9

Don't start me talking, I could talk all night.

My mind goes sleepwalking while I'm putting the world right.

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They say you better listen to the voice of reason But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason. So you had better do as you are told. You better listen to the radio.

8

History repeats the old conceits, the glib replies, the same defeats.

8

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant.

6

It's the damage that we do and never know. It's the words that we don't say that scare me so.

6

Your mind is made up but your mouth is undone.

6

[Commercial radio] is owned by one or two corporations now, and they're not in the music business. They're in the advertising business.... So let's not kid ourselves. If you want to hear music, go buy a guitar.

5

And I'm up while the dawn is breaking, even though my heart is aching.

I should be drinking a toast to absent friends instead of these comedians.

5

I've been lucky to listen to lots of different types of music.

5

Morrissey writes wonderful song titles, but sadly he often forgets to write the song.

5

She said she was working for the ABC news, it was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use.

4

Though the passion still flutters and flickers, it never got into our knickers.

4

Imagination is a powerful deceiver.

4

Well, T Bone's had a remarkable career as a producer since the time that we first worked together. He was dividing his time between recording and producing when we first met, and touring. We toured together and we were great friends.

4

Nonsense prevails, modesty fails Grace and virtue turn into stupidity While the calendar fades almost all barricades to a pale compromise And our leaders have feasts on the backsides of beasts They still think they're the gods of antiquity If something you missed didn't even exist It was just an ideal is it such a surprise?

4

You need a platform upon which to release an orchestral record, otherwise it's just going to be an obscurity.

4

Why can't a man stand alone? Must he be burdened by all that he's taught to consider his own? His skin and his station, his kin and his crown, his flag and his nation They just weigh him down

4

The theme of exile is attractive to me, because it's sort of like the family business. Not just music, but travel.

3

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant, someone who disrupts the daily drag of life just enough to leave the victim thinking there's maybe more to it all than the mere hum-drum quality of existence.

3

I can write orchestrations, but I can't sight-read music and play at the same time. I don't have enough facility.

3

Don't try to touch my heart, it's darker than you think.

And don't try to read my mind, because it's full of disappearing ink.

3

Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused.

But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

3

I find humming is very useful.

3

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.

3

And obviously, when I started out, I had a little bit more curiosity than some, and went seeking out the original artists, or in some cases searching up country music.

3

I've never had any real concern about posterity.

I hope some people will be sorry when I'm not here, but I'm not playing for that.

3

Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing.

3

These are the sort of things that push you on in music - the curiosity, a passion for new ideas.

3

My grandfather and my father disagreed about music, not least of all because my dad wanted to improvise. It wasn't just that he wanted to play different music; it was just that he came off the dots.

3

Really the only thing holding a lot of records together is the personality of the singer, and the will to write all of these different things.

3

There's no money back guarantee on future happiness.

2

The wages of sin are an expensive infection.

2

When you work with new people, I think that it throws all of the matters into relief, because you have to explain yourself every time. It's like crossing a new border. They want to see your documents.

2

Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing.

And you start talking yourself out of the bold melody and start wanting to arrange it in another key or something. Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me.

2

But there are things in Il Sogno that the methods of The Delivery Man could never achieve.

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