The Puppet Has Cut His Strings

Album: Wise Up Ghost (2013)
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  • They pulled the stars down one by one
    Hauled up the moon to shine upon
    A velvet curtain rising
    Now her puppet has cut his strings

    The footlights glare
    The trumpets blare
    Why is your face drawn on so glum, old chum
    Paintbrush dragging on a drum
    The rimshot on the punchline that you fumbled
    The crowd went home and left you
    For dead
    My old woodenhead
    Took the thimble and the thread
    Choked back tears like a cymbal

    The breath is slow and shallow too
    The sky is bright Venetian blue
    The cardboard sun is all ablaze
    The air is painted Clifford Brown
    Caressing "Yesterdays"
    The steady gaze of your glass eye
    Head in a basket smiling still
    Free of will, free of wisdom

    Can't feel my fingers anymore
    Can't raise my hand and ask for more
    Dance my doll across the floor
    Or fire a flag from a pistol

    They pulled the stars down one by one
    Hauled up the moon to wish upon
    The puppet finally cut his strings
    And free at last from earthly things
    He's dancing on the ceiling
    With a showgirl in a feather dress
    Time is meaningless

    We carried you on buckled limbs
    Through mournful airs and martyrs hymns
    Then one blue and one more yellow pill
    One keeps you quiet
    One keeps you still
    You sang "The Way You Looked Tonight"
    Your voice is ringing true and clear
    Then you wore them down like candlelight

    And in the darkness
    You'd best beware
    And in the darkness
    You'd best beware
    You'd best beware
    You'd best beware
    I used to love him
    When I used to care
    Satin trim
    Slowly closing
    The puppet has cut his strings
    Writer/s: Elvis Costello, Ahmir K. Thompson, Raymond Angry
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