41 Years ago and “My Aim is (still) True”

So I was in the shower tonight and on came the beautiful “Alison” by Elvis Costello from 1977.  That’s 41 years ago, and the song sounds as fresh as ever.  In fact the whole album, which is playing right now, is still amazing.  I often marvel at how good The Beatles sound today from over 50 years ago, but Elvis Costello is sounding not too shabby himself.

Oh it’s so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl.
And with the way you look I understand
That you are not impressed.
But I heard you let that little friend of mine
Take off your party dress.
I’m not going to get too sentimental
Like those other sticky valentines,
’cause I don’t know if you’ve been loving somebody.
I only know it isn’t mine.
Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.

Well I see you’ve got a husband now.
Did he leave your pretty fingers lying
In the wedding cake?
You used to hold him right in your hand.
I’ll bet he took all he could take.
Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
When I hear the silly things that you say.
I think somebody better put out the big light,
Cause I can’t stand to see you this way.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.
My aim is true

Songwriter: ELVIS COSTELLO
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