New Music Monday – My version of Elvis Costello’s “Indoor Fireworks”

Hell yeah…it’s New Music Monday! This week, we’re going back to basics with one man, one guitar. It’s also the turn of a more obscure song. This is Elvis Costello’s, ‘Indoor Fireworks’:


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Indoor Fireworks

We play these parlour games
We play at make believe
When we get to the part where I say that I’m going to leave
Everybody loves a happy ending but we don’t even try
We go straight past pretending
To the part where everybody loves to cry

[Chorus:]
Indoor fireworks
Can still burn your fingers
Indoor fireworks
We swore we were safe as houses
They’re not so spectacular
They don’t burn up in the sky
But they can dazzle or delight
Or bring a tear
When the smoke gets in your eyes

You were the spice of life
The gin in my vermouth
And though the sparks would fly
I thought our love was fireproof
Sometimes we’d fight in public darling
With very little cause
But different kinds of sparks would fly
When we got on our own behind closed doors

[Chorus]

It’s time to tell the truth
These things have to be faced
My fuse is burning out
And all that powder’s gone to waste
Don’t think for a moment dear that we’ll ever be through
I’ll build a bonfire of my dreams
And burn a broken effigy of me and you

[Chorus]

Music & lyrics by Elvis Costello

 

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12 comments on “New Music Monday – My version of Elvis Costello’s “Indoor Fireworks”

  1. Marc Schuster says:

    I’m a huge fan of EC, and I’ve always loved this track! I saw him in concert about a year ago. Here’s a link to my quasi-review of the show: http://wp.me/pqT2o-e5

  2. Jane Travers says:

    Oh I love that song! Obscure maybe, but I was a totes Elvis Costello fan in my teens :)

  3. sharonbuchbinder says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for kick starting my week!

  4. I love Elvis Costello too Derek…. nice choice :)

  5. Susan Condon says:

    Don’t know this one, Derek, but enjoyed it. Not quite as much as ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ – not that I’m biased!?!

  6. jamhenry says:

    Great artist and great song Derek. “And though the sparks would fly, I thought our love was fireproof” a cracking line for a song isn’t it? Thanks for recording this one Derek.

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