When I was in 12th grade, and very deep into listening to Elvis Costello all of the time, my childhood friend named Jimmy visited my family. I hadn’t seen him since we were both in 3rd grade. He had grown into an enormous dude who played football and spoke very little. I played him a lot of Elvis Costello and he didn’t like any of it. I played the start of “Radio, Radio” and he shrugged. Then “Watching the Detectives” and “Alison” and he said “eh.” Eventually I put on Punch the Clock, which I thought was the strangest of all the EC albums and the MOMENT that “Everyday I Write the Book” started he lit up “Oh, THIS is cool” he said. He stood up and even kinda weirdly danced in place just a bit. “Yeah, it’s good.” Then he told me all about how each day after school he went to his girlfriend’s house and they had sex before her family got home.
I have no idea why this song works.
“Everyday I Write The Book” by Elvis Costello
Hey, everyone! Please answer me this question:
Why do I like this song? The melody is okay and the lyrics are glib. I shouldn’t like it, but I do.
People I expect to answer: Hal Phillips, Will Hines, Connor Ratliff. Maybe others?
Don’t fail me, gents.
Wait. I thought this was “Everyday I ROCK the BOAT.”