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“It’s not just that you’re never coming back to me, it’s the bitter way that
I was told.” — Elvis
Costello, “The Comedians”
Elvis Costello sure got around in 1989. He had a great album called Spike, a hit song “Veronica,” and wrote “My Brave Face“for Paul McCartney. But the one song I most remember Costello for, in spite of an illustrious songwriting career, is “The Comedians” for Roy Orbison‘s album, Mystery Girl.
All these songs were hits at the same time I dated my ex-boyfriend, fiancée, whatever you want to call him. Always a ring but never a date despite everyone asking us when the BIG DAY was.
He took me to a wedding in which he was a member of the party. I sat at my table fuming while watching him dance song after song with a beautiful brunette bridesmaid who sang at the wedding. He asked me, “Isn’t she a wonderful singer?” This is where the phrase, “Dance with the girl you came with” found its literal meaning.
I watched them dance, and when I they stopped I thought, maybe, just maybe, he’d ask me to dance. Yet, DJ played another song and they kept dancing.
Before I sat down to watch these comedians, his brother helped me with my chair at our table. When he struggled with pushing me in, he said, “My brother’s right, you have gained weight!”
Wow, how many blows can a gal take? The kicker was that I wasn’t even fat, at least from my 41-year-old self today looking back 20 years . I just didn’t fit into that skinny ’80s aerobic biker short and leg warmer ideal.
There were so many songs that year that helped me overcome this breakup. One was “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” by Tom Petty on Full Moon Fever. It’s practically a copycat of Roger McGuinn‘s performance of the same song. No matter. All that really mattered were the lyrics:
Now I got to say
That it’s not like before
And I’m not gonna play
Your game any more
After what you did
I can’t stay on
And I’ll probably feel a whole lot better
When you’re gone
- Elvis Costello: National Ransom – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Music DVD Review: Roger McGuinn’s Thunderbyrd: West Coast Legends Vol 4 (blogcritics.org)