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Pump It Up
Elvis Costello & The Attractions Lyrics


I've been on tenderhooks, ending in dirty looks
List'ning to the Muzak, thinking 'bout this 'n' that
She said, "That's that, I don't want to chitter-chat"
Turn it down a little bit or turn it down flat
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it

Down in the pleasure center, hell-bent or heaven-sent
Listen to the propaganda, listen to the latest slander
There's nothing underhand that she wouldn't understand
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it

She's been a bad girl, she's like a chemical
Though you try to stop it, she's like a narcotic
You want to torture her, you want to talk to her
All the things you bought for her, putting up your temperature
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it

Out in the fashion show, down in the bargain bin
You put your passion out under the pressure pin
Fall into submission, hit-and-run transmission
No use wishing now for any other sin
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: ELVIS COSTELLO

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Sandi

🎼🎶🎵
I've been on tenderhooks, ending in dirty looks
List'ning to the Muzak, thinking 'bout this 'n' that
She said, "That's that, I don't want to chitter-chat"
Turn it down a little bit or turn it down flat
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it

Down in the pleasure center, hell-bent or heaven-sent
Listen to the propaganda, listen to the latest slander
There's nothing underhand that she wouldn't understand
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it

She's been a bad girl, she's like a chemical
Though you try to stop it, she's like a narcotic
You want to torture her, you want to talk to her
All the things you bought for her, putting up your temperature
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it

Out in the fashion show, down in the bargain bin
You put your passion out under the pressure pin
Fall into submission, hit-and-run transmission
No use wishing now for any other sin
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Pump it up, until you can feel it
Pump it up, when you don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it
Don't really need it



Paul Allerton

Did the Ford EcoSport ad bring you here? Well you’re in for a treat my friend! If you are unfamiliar with Elvis Costello then you have just stumbled upon one of the greatest song writers of all time! His lyrics are genius!
Check out:
Angels wanna wear my red shoes
Brilliant mistake
Blame it on Cain
Alison
Veronica
Oliver’s Army
Watching the Detectives
Little Palaces
Radio radio
.......
I could go on and on! Enjoy!!!!!



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eqsheiky

...and his ankles never recovered.. =)

xiphocostal

@KOHF34 Not ironic. His flat feet are due to long loose ligaments - as are his insanely flexible ankles. I know - I've got both issues. Edited to add - they made me walk on my ankles too - it did absolutely nothing.

John Carver

No shit! I'm hurting just watching!

Carrter Dinkins

First time watching the music video and I almost barfed at the ankles

Gretchen Wenzel

michele fellows I’m not so sure that it’s about style at all… LOL. Maybe this is just the way these people move! I’ve played in bands here and there, over many years and play several instruments and for the love of all that’s holy… I make faces constantly while I’m playing. ESPECIALLY when playing drums. I think I might have Tourette’s! I’ve also been told that I need a better bra. Talk about making you feel self-conscious! Poor Elvis miay simply have weak, gimpy ankles. If you want me to now think of Joe Cocker… I start thinking of him possibly having seizures! LMAO....In all seriousness… Yes we all have our absolute styles as funky as they may be. My brother taught me one of the best lessons that I ever learned as far as feeling comfortable on stage. (This is the same brother of mine that @ 13 yrs older than me , would put a blanket over my head, sit on it and fart) back to the Jerk’s lesson...As long as you were truly enjoying yourself and having fun while you’re playing....so will the audience. You don’t look ridiculous.The moment you feel self-conscious…insecure or awkward....so does the audience. ❤️

Gretchen Wenzel

Now what on earth makes you think that maybe that’s not the way his ankles were born!?😂🤣❤️

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Brad Meader

One of the coolest motherf**kers ever to pick up a guitar. The Buddy Holly glasses, the suits, the mannerisms. Just oozed coolness. Absolutely love it

Brad Meader

@Ciaran Flynn Thanks for the tip. 5*

Ciaran Flynn

@Brad Meader cut and paste, saves re-writing

Brad Meader

@Ciaran Flynn Obviously not.

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