A Town Called A Big Nothing

Elvis Costello2012年11月26日


A Town Called A Big Nothing - Elvis Costello


Big nothing


He stood in the road outside of town


With a broken clockwork toy in his hand


A graveyard for childish dreams in his palm


A broken lifeline


Big nothing


The mechanical amusement sputtered to life in his fist


As he clenched it whirred and died again


It was a cowboy who drew his gun

But the pistol was welded to the holster

By age and careless children

So it struggled and strained

And it unwound its own spring


Big nothing


He didn't need tattoos to show where he'd been


And who he'd loved


It was the same thing that men had cried for;


That women had dyed their hair for


The cellophane illusion of a starry sky


Stretched over an open sore


Big nothing


He thought about his lost daughter


The way her eyes would alight at the greedy circus barker's blackmail song


How he wanted to smash her skull in when she parroted back


'Tell mommy; tell poppy; you need this little dolly '


Big nothing


Big nothing


The smoky voice of the petaled girl woke him long enough


There was too much light in the room so he unscrewed the bulb


She took him to bed like an adopted dog


Big nothing


She lit sickly incense as he tried to tell himself

The resemblance were pure and coincidental


He unleashed his grip on the toy and all it meant to him

And it wound down forever


Big nothing


He woke up in a sweat the next day


With her smile still painted on his mouth


He walked out of a town called Big Nothing


Big Nothing