Track Title:               New Amsterdam
Album Title:               Best of Elvis Costello
Prime Artist:              Elvis Costello  (Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus)
Producer:                  Nick Lowe

Written by:                Elvis Costello  (Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus)
From the Album:            Get Happy!!  1980 (A)

you're sending me tulips mistaken for lilies
you give me a look that the function is silly
you turn my head till it roll down the brain-drain
if I had any sense now I wouldn't want it back again
new amsterdam it's become much too much
'til I have the possession of everything she touches
'til I step on the brake to get out of her clutches
'til I speak double dutch to a real double duchess
down on the main spring listen to the tick-tock
collect all the faces that move in your lot
twice-shy and dog-tied because you've been bitten
everything you say now sounds like it was ghost-written
back in london they'll take you to heart after a little while
though I look right at home I still feel like an exile
somehow I found myself down at the dockside
thinking about the old days of liverpool and rubberhide
transparent people who live on the other side
living a life that is almost like suicide