Elvis Costello - "When I was Cruel#1" lyrics

When I was Cruel#1
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can you talk your way out of this,did someone flip your switch
now there is only right or wrong ,can you tell which is which
but it was so much easier,when i was cruel

why did you leave your happy home,why did you travel far abroad
so you could sleep with strangers
you must have heard just how absurd
the words poured out of you ,you fraud
I guess you don't know what pain is

so don't pretend you're innocent
do I look like your fool.
perhaps you have forgotten,when i was cruel

Oh but i was cruel and i would make you very sorry
lonely cowards followed me like ghouls
and you liked me too...when i was cruel...oh you know you did

but if you should feel anything,a signal from within
go back in your laboratory and try to dial it in
'cos it was so much easier when i was cruel

why did you leave your happy home
why did you travel far abroad
so you could sleep with strangers
you must have heard just how absurd
the words poured out of you ,you fraud
abandon your dreams of vengeance

so don't pretend you're innocent
do I look like your fool
perhaps you have forgotten
when I was cruel
when I was cruel
oh you know you did