Costello, Elvis - Watching The Detectives Lyrics




Nice girls not one with a defect
Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
Red dogs under illegal legs
She looks so good that he gets down and begs

She is watching the detectives
"Ooh, he's so cute!"
She is watching the detectives
When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
They beat him up until the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

Long shot of that jumping sign
Visible shivers running down my spine
Cut the baby taking off her clothes
Close-up of the sign that says,"We never close"
You snatch a tune, you a match a cigarette
She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
I don't know how much more of this I can take
She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake

She is watching the detectives
"Ooh, he's so cute!"
She is watching the detectives
When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
They beat him up until the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
Now fear is here to stay. Love is here for a visit
They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
Someone's scratching at the window. I wonder who is it?
The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
It only took my little fingers to blow you away

Just like watching the detectives
"Don't get cute!"
It's just like watching the detectives
I get so angry when the teardrops start
But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart
Watching the detectives
It's just like watching the detectives

Watching the detectives...





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Costello, Elvis Watching The Detectives Comments
  1. h-worker

    Just saw him in a rerun of "2 1/2 Men" 1-29-2020

  2. Sameoldfitup

    "We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell."
    Oscar Wilde.

    James F Morton

    What shite you talk

  3. tim jones

    i thank fuck i was born in 61......i got to collect the best of the best and all uk.

  4. kamuelalee

    Still listening in 2020? I am!

  5. Chief inspector Duvall

    Classic

  6. Steve Ryan

    Another Great 👍 Song by Elvis Costello

  7. Kalle K

    🎼 ”The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents ... " 🎼

    One wonders how they succeeded with that in the ’70s when DNA samples hardly were an available alternative 😉.

  8. Spaceghost Spaceghost

    I fuck him ..1978

  9. Ron Kilgore

    I think I'm alone, oh no I'm in it.

  10. JP W.

    A milf in her mid thirties lounging lakeside in her white one-piece bathing suit with red polka dots, nervously chomping on a piece of gum looking out over the top of her Jackie O sunglasses at the authorities dragging the lake for bodies as she files down her blood red fingernails.

  11. Jeffrey Huseby

    Its Detective;Playing mode
    The Drummer sayin this is
    a Big Hitt

  12. dubseedz757

    I met Elvis Costello after his show.. Such a nice guy !

  13. Mi mix

    December 31 2019

  14. davidratcliffe1

    KILLER TUNE

  15. marta nika

    Love watching the detective’s especially if they are hot lol...

  16. Trev Mahoney

    My Rock Request Show

  17. michael glucksman

    Genius..holds up powerfully today as it did when I was in high school

  18. Paul Savage

    Life is absurd especially in 2020!!

  19. Kevin Matthews

    One of his best. Used to do this one in my band in the early 80s. Allison too, and oh yes, Peace, Love and Understanding (awesome song by Nick Lowe)...

  20. kelly McCormick

    As a 17 Yr old when this came out, it was life changing for me.. Still love it.

  21. Liam Ordner

    duran duran brought me here

  22. Marc Anthony

    I don't know how much more of this I can take ........

  23. Bluetop Guitar

    It's the songwriting, that's what first got my attention back in the day.

  24. Sushi Pack FTW Mega Babies FTL

    Reggae, New wave, Power pop, Dub

  25. Biker u.k

    awesome, so underated peace u.k.

    James Spears

    If you are from the uk they better bands\musicians then here in the states

  26. Jeffrey Huseby

    Nasty dogs by Zz top.

  27. Jeffrey Huseby

    Illegal x ..Paris ... good lingo.

  28. Ian O'Padrick

    Jesus Christ, the bass in this. Just got a new bass, was all "hey, watching the detectives is bass heavy, learn that" and I'm dumb, this is complex and interesting. Hysteria by Muse is great but this is more complex to me.

    nintendonut100

    The difficulty is mostly in the timing and feel. It's a very reggae influenced track and line and that style can be hard to cop at first. Main thing is really focusing on laying back and not pushing the song at all.

  29. steve wilson

    elvis was such a lyricists..!

  30. KniGhTKrawLeR9

    "Tell your boss to tell his boss to tell HIS boss to tell Gatsby that Laurie Juspeczyk knows what REALLY happened on 11/2.
    I'll wait."

  31. Ste4791

    I prefer the DD cover. Now kill me.

  32. Danny Workman

    she's filing her nails while they drag the lake

  33. Debbie Baverstock

    Should have said this was my first experience back in the70s 😂

  34. Debbie Baverstock

    First experience of elvis costello and have been in love with his style ever since.

  35. Dangerous Dennis

    Hope your legs get better Dec....

  36. PipeCat

    The only thing that kept me from quitting a band I was in was that they finally agreed to do this song.

    Gary Kovach

    WTF? Were ya doin DEATH METAL er somethin?

  37. BaddaBigBoom

    Fucking CRACKING song. Thumbs up.

  38. Theresa Murphy

    Hey Max...remember this tune while feeding puppy kennels? Happy days 1977 - Salford

  39. anonymous person

    I have to admit that despite his obvious geekiness, Elvis Costello made some good records.
    This one is pure greatness.

  40. dkapone

    Thank You Peer Pressure and East Village Radio Archives for bringing this to my attention. Miss shows that make me run to music, and NOT from it! Peace.

  41. kate elliott

    It's a combination of sciences xxx many many sciences xxx thankyou my hero xxx thankyou xxx all ANONYMOUS together xxx

  42. kate elliott

    Even when wearing forensic suits, cross contamination occurs xxx along with genetic testing needs virology testing too

  43. Tessa Rossa

    "....don't get CUUUUTTTEEEEE..."

  44. Tessa Rossa

    this motherfucker is so good

  45. John Doe

    11/9/19 listening

  46. ragusajr100

    Nice girls, not one with a defect
    Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
    Red dogs under illegal x
    She looks so good that he gets down and begs
    She is watching the detectives
    "Ooh, he's so cute"
    She is watching the detectives
    When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
    They beat him up until the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart

  47. racketman2u

    Actually I think i prefer young snarling posturing Elvis to older melancholy Elvis.

  48. David Mc

    Here's a great cover, definitely worth a listen..

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=8CQcyM6P1gM

  49. Fraser Lad

    Anyone else come from Benidorm

    Dan G

    no.. loser.

  50. Dr. killpatient

    She's filing her nails while their draggin the lake. / Film-noir perfection from an era when most people completely forgot about Film-noirs ( except , for " China Town.") save a brilliant, talented, nerdy English man.

  51. Tasha Atkins

    This song turns me into a raging hormone 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  52. Carl Contrera

    Show some love for Clover

  53. Jakob Glocke

    fav line from a song ever.. shes filing her nails while they`re dragging the lake ...

  54. Mikee22ification

    . . I don't know how much more of this I can take. She's filing her nails while their dragging the lake . . '

  55. JeromeHattKronen1664

    I just noticed Elvis was feelin' pretty at the start of this one. totally jammin. but he's so attractive, and it's a great song all the same
    [holy crap, just looked it up. elvis wrote this 2 years before steve's song]

  56. Chloe Sugars

    Heard this first time today

    Levent Trolley

    Me Too.

  57. Tiny Rick

    I came here from Izombie, just 3 sec of the song sent me on this blessed journey

    Dan G

    fuck you, loser.

  58. Robert Wilson

    I don't like the way he sings. He puts on a strange voice

  59. kurt cerny

    Elvis....NOT L7

  60. YankeeDoodleDandy

    Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
    Nice girls, not one with a defect
    Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
    Red dogs under illegal x
    She looks so good that he gets down and begs


    She is watching the detectives
    "Ooh, he's so cute"
    She is watching the detectives
    When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
    They beat him up until the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart


    Long shot at that jumping sign
    Invisible shivers running down my spine
    Cut to baby taking off her clothes
    Close-up of the sign that says "We never close"
    He snatches at you and you match his cigarette
    She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
    I don't know how much more of this I can take
    She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake


    She is watching the detectives
    "Ooh, he's so cute"
    She is watching the detectives
    Oh when they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
    They beat him up until the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart


    You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
    Now fear is here to stay, love is here for a visit
    They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
    Someone's scratching at the window, I wonder who is it?
    The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
    Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
    Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
    It only took my little fingers to blow you away


    Just like watching the detectives
    Don't get cute
    Just like watching the detectives
    I get so angry when the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart


    Watching the detectives
    It's just like watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives


    Watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    They're watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives

    Manny from Atascadero

    Red dogs under illegal legs

    Manny from Atascadero

    Long shot of that “jump in” sign

  61. Trev Mahoney

    Purealternative FM

  62. Beano Sherman

    It only takes my little fingers to blow u away

  63. Cousin vinny on blitz

    oh my god memories of a mis spent youth Camden 1977 wow i still have this on an acetate great stuff

  64. Joseph Clift

    Elvis is a genious

  65. Chris Kellison

    This song by it self is better than any top ten I’ve heard in 2019.😎

  66. Scott kasper

    That Sumner Coy really is a genius

  67. Patricia Case

    I’m seeing him again November 7th

    Brian Tracy

    Nov 11 at Hard Rock Orlando ... sadly with the Imposters not the attractions.

    1-Shot slinger

    Yeah , me too ! Last night really ! Show was great Hard Rock sucked as a venue.

  68. Fiona Phillips

    Great song... From back when I was young. Lyrics are good .

  69. louis myers

    Still listening in 2021

  70. James Eunice

    Costello is one coolest of the music cats.

  71. zack roy

    I love me some Tommy Hickman forever...

  72. V Ward

    Elvis is King!

  73. Anne Brit Raaen

    On top on my lifes playlist.

  74. Dan Now

    Where's my trench coat and bowler hat

  75. KotenokPasha

    Elementary - Pilot

  76. Phil Doyle

    "She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake..."

    Matt Chew

    One of the best images in pop music.

  77. surfinmuso

    "She looks so good that he gets down and begs......." Every man, and some women can relate to that line. Best drum intro ever. The lyrics come off the tongue like a delicious verbal smorgasbord. So yummy

  78. Marco Sandoval

    Costello equals to: massive subversive

  79. Mohamed Irzuan Ibrahim II

    Blaine from iZombie season 2 episode 12 brought me here

  80. J. Schoenborn

    I remember watching "History Detectives"! This was SO awesome as the theme!

  81. Ky Yoe

    What genre is this song? And where can I find other sounds just like it? I can’t get enough of the intro with the guitar and drum 😩

    Don Turco

    It's basically rocked up SKA..

    Suzanne Taylor

    @Don Turco I'd agree. Check out British ska.

    Dan G

    new wave

  82. Gary McBride

    Who wouldn't like this , crazy echo organ bass , stechoto masterpiece
    ala Desmond Decker

  83. Wayne Cameron

    "Invisible shivers run up and down my spine" (followed quickly by piano slide). I find new favorite lyrics every time I listen to this work of brilliance!. "She pulls their face with her eyes like a maga-net".

  84. Ocean Master

    Nice girls, not one with a defect
    Cellophane shrink-wrapped, so correct
    Red dogs under illegal x
    She looks so good that he gets down and begs
    She is watching the detectives
    "Ooh, he's so cute"
    She is watching the detectives
    When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
    They beat him up until the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart
    Long shot at that jumping sign
    Invisible shivers running down my spine
    Cut to baby taking off her clothes
    Close-up of the sign that says "We never close"
    He snatches at you and you match his cigarette
    She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
    I don't know how much more of this I can take
    She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake
    She is watching the detectives
    "Ooh, he's so cute"
    She is watching the detectives
    Oh when they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
    They beat him up until the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart
    You think you're alone until you realize you're in it
    Now fear is here to stay, love is here for a visit
    They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
    Someone's scratching at the window, I wonder who is it?
    The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
    Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
    Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
    It only took my little fingers to blow you away
    Just like watching the detectives
    Don't get cute
    Just like watching the detectives
    I get so angry when the teardrops start
    But he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart
    Watching the detectives
    It's just like watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives
    They're watching the detectives
    Watching the detectives

  85. Craig Martin

    #OnThisDay

  86. Big Jumbo

    Am I in 2019 or what

  87. Scott Stir

    Club soda Kenny brought me to this

  88. Jeffrey Richardson

    breyns old false alarms
    paulines mood or doctor harms
    mass subsidized farms

  89. The1WhoKnowsTheTruth

    Elvis had a way of conveying a perfectly clear image with his lyrics.  I can vividly see that woman filing her nails while they are dragging that lake. I also know a few folks with a face like a magnet.

  90. Lauren _idk

    Anyone else here from the British series Benidorm! When mick and Micheal are spying on Muhammad and Donald is spying on matayo 😂😂😂just me?

  91. SuperDelphinidae

    Was Jerry Dammers on keyboard on this?

  92. lebarosky

    Noir Rock!

  93. Ivan Lezhenin

    My fabulous taste in music brought me here
    F*ckin' genius.
    F*ckin' genius.

  94. pierrette PHILOGENE

    My fabulous taste in music brought me here
    iZombie thank you for this song :D
    Number 363
    on Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list

  95. 蕭丁華

    My fabulous taste in music brought me here
    iZombie thank you for this song :D

  96. armen 05/12/66

    Why is this twit famous I don’t like any of his songs

    Blue

    Why are you here?

  97. Stoney Curtis

    Elvis is King~!

  98. Britteny Wilson

    My fabulous taste in music brought me here
    Thanks dad

    ellie

    actually my dad did lol

    eliot faas

    Let's agree on all our dads

    ellie

    eliot faas haha yes

    eliot faas

    @elliemy parents owned a music store in the 60's and have been in love with music for a long time

    ellie

    eliot faas that’s so cool