Elvis Costello - "After The Fall Macmanus" lyrics

In an anonymous rendezvous
Where the forbidden lovers repair
They're burning down another damn candle
Beneath them applause from the balcony whenever they accomplished
They're melting the tables and chairs

making love
Coming from the balcony above
Other times they thought they heard laughter
She lies to his right and she carelessly recites

CHORUS
Since she came back to him after the fall
She seems brittle and small, it don't sound like her at all
All of her brand new appetites
She put up a little tent in the bedroom

She said "You never visit the countryside"
"So I've made you a country to order"
Crickets played on a tape-recorder
The ceiling was festooned with phosphorous stars
She noticed his skin turning cold
"Relax" she whispered and tightened the blindfold
Burning all his clothes on the bonfire

CHORUS

You've changed but not for the better babe
I'd tell you why but what's the use
'Cos it's the same kind of pity
A drunkard gives as his excuse
Now your eyes are deserted and quiet
You were sharp and ideal as a bobby pin
Thrown through the window in the riot
We both look like those poor shattered mannequins
She lies in his arms and without any qualms
She seems brittle and small, it don't sound like her at all

Revels in shallow delights
Since she came back to him after the fall