elvis costello

Thursday, April 7th, 2106.

I am going to head downtown to see Elvis Costello play in San Diego…

He’s one of my faves, always has been, always will be. He is a true lyrical genius. Proof you ask? Check out the lyrics of motel matches…from GET HAPPY!

the double/triple entendres are amazing…

dou·ble en·ten·dre
ˌdo͞obl änˈtändrə,ˌdəbl änˈtändrə/
noun
1. a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.

MOTEL MATCHES

Somewhere in the distance I can hear “who shot Sam?”
This is my conviction, that I am an innocent man
Though you say I’m unkind
I’m being as nice as I can

Boys everywhere, fumbling with the catches
I struck lucky with motel matches
Falling for you without a second look
Falling out of your open pocketbook
Giving you away like motel matches

I wake with the siren in an emergency
Though your mind is full of love
In your eyes there is a vacancy
And you know what I’ll do
When the light outside changes from red to blue

Boys everywhere, fumbling with the catches
I struck lucky with motel matches
Falling for you without a second look
Falling out of your open pocketbook
Giving you away like motel matches

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Here are some photos taken by Jon Foster from 1978 at the civic center.

He smuggled the camera and lens in in two different purses. Brilliant moves on his part.