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Heathen Town Lyrics

"Heathen Town" was written by Costello, Elvis.
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They used to call it Sin City, now it's gone way past that
Painting the town and then burning it down, now even that's old hat
Now there's a choir of angels at the fall of Rome
Singing 'Ave Maria' or 'Home Sweet Home'

It's just a heathen town
I hear only evil as my tongue is tightened
I used to be God-fearing, now I'm so frightened

'Cause the devil will drag you under
By the sharp tail fin of your checkered cab
And I can't sit down, I'm going overboard in this heathen town

It starts as a flirtation and ends up as an expensive habit
With one eye on her place in debtor's prison
And the other on a girl dressed as a rabbit
Now you can live forever, endure fits and starts
The only stake you cannot raise is the one driven through your heart

It's just a heathen town
I hear only evil as my tongue is tightened
I used to be God-fearing, now I'm so frightened

'Cause the devil will drag you under
By the sharp tail fin of your checkered cab
And I can't sit down, I'm going overboard in this heathen town

Songwriters
COSTELLO, ELVIS

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