Veronica

Album: Spike (1989)
Charted: 31 19
  • Is it all in that pretty little head of yours?
    What goes on in that place in the dark?
    Well I used to know a girl and I could have sworn
    That her name was Veronica

    Well she used to have a carefree mind of her own
    And a delicate look in her eye
    These days I'm afraid she's not even sure
    If her name is Veronica

    Do you suppose, that waiting hands on eyes,
    Veronica has gone to hide?
    And all the time she laughs at those who shout
    Her name and steal her clothes
    Veronica
    Veronica

    Did the days drag by? Did the favors wane?
    Did he roam down the town all the while?
    Will you wake from your dream, with a wolf at the door,
    Reaching out for Veronica

    Well it was all of sixty-five years ago
    When the world was the street where she lived
    And a young man sailed on a ship in the sea
    With a picture of Veronica

    On the "Empress of India"
    And as she closed her eyes upon the world
    And picked upon the bones of last week's news
    She spoke his name out loud again

    Do you suppose, that waiting hands on eyes,
    Veronica has gone to hide?
    And all the time she laughs at those who shout
    Her name and steal her clothes
    Veronica
    Veronica

    Veronica sits in her favorite chair
    And she sits very quiet and still
    And they call her a name that they never get right
    And if they don't then nobody else will

    But she used to have a carefree mind of her own
    With devilish look in her eye
    Saying "You can call me anything you like,
    But my name is Veronica"

    Do you suppose, that waiting hands on eyes,
    Veronica has gone to hide?
    And all the time she laughs at those who shout
    Her name and steal her clothes
    Veronica
    Veronica
    Oh Veronica Writer/s: ELVIS COSTELLO, PAUL JAMES MCCARTNEY
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • Paula Linner from San DiegoI love this song & listened 2 the Spike album when I was pregnant in 1989. I was so sure I was having a boy, that I already had boy names. When she came out, I had no idea what 2 do! I named her Veronica, after this song. She was born 10/25/89. She is 27, now! She used 2 dance around when her song came on!
  • Jason from Melbourne, Australiaim 21 and into bands like rage against the machine, afi, muse, king of leon, pre sets, blocparty. The first time i heard this song was about a year ago and i just love it, just dont tell my freinds.
  • Stacy from West Hartford, Ctthis is my fav of all his songs... I made up my own menaing for a while before I found out it was about his grandmother. I really like the line "Well, she used to have a carefree mind of her own and a delicate look in her eyes, these days I'm afraid she's not even sure if her name is Vernocia." I like to think of this line when I think of how the Army made me drink the Kool-aid and I have lost a little of my own free thinking mind.
  • Leanne from Sydney, AustraliaHeard an interview with Elvis Costello yesterday where he says the song IS about his grandmother who had alzheimers disease.
  • Craig from Rockville, MdI have heard that this song is rumored to be based on his Grandmother.
  • Dk from Miramar Beach, Flplease correct the typo in "songfacts" number one. as it is now the line reads "the lives a quiet and still existence..........."
    shouldn't that be "SHE lives a quiet and still existence......." ?
    thanks
  • Jason from New York, NyThis song depressed the living heck out of me when it came out. I was only 15 and certainly didn't need any help manufacturing angst. Two years before the first person in my life who even remotely resembled a girlfriend was named Veronica too, so that was most of the problem. I've since come to terms with the song and its almost-toxic melancholy in favor of the rather jaunty beat. I have no idea what happened to the Veronica I met but I'm sure she got a kick out of this song sharing her name.
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