Elvis Costello - "Hurry Down Doomsday The Bugs Are Taking Over" lyrics

MacManus/Keltner)
The man in the corner of this picture has a sinister purpose

In the teeming Temple of the Railroad Kings
He's planting a trashy paperback book for accidental purchase

Containing all the secrets of life and other useless things
But I can't bring myself to look
Wake up Zombie
Write yourself another book
Hurry down Doomsday the bugs are taking over
You want to scream and shout my little flaxen lout
She sleeps with the shirt of a late, great country singer

Stretched out on her poor jealous husband's pillow
While the parents of those kidnapped children start the bidding
for their tears
In time you can turn these obsessions into careers

Wake up Zombie
But I can't bring myself to look
Hurry down Doomsday the bugs are taking over
Get yourself off the book

You want to scream and shout my little waxen lout
Forget about Beethoven, Rembrandt and rock and roll
Forget about Mickey Mouse, Marlboro and Coca Cola
Forget about Cadillac, Mercedes and Toyota
Forget about Buddha, Allah, Jesus and Jehovah

Hurry down Doomsday the bugs are taking over
Anyday now a giant insect mutation
Will swoop down and devour the white man's burden
Starting out with all of the sensitive ones
Better make like a fly if you don't want to die
Look out there goes Gordon

But I can't bring myself to think
Kick up a big stink
Wake up Zombie
You want to scream and shout my little Saxon lout
Hurry down Doomsday the bugs are taking over