The 1000 best songs in the world ever.
836-Elvis Costello-Oliver’s Army.
1979-Number 2 single.
Best Bit-At 1.49 A deceptively jolly tune,just because a song is uptempo and has a happy beat doesn’t mean it isn’t hiding a sinister message.
Some music critics have suggested that the title refers to Oliver Cromwell whose New Model Army was a forerunner to the modern British Army.Of the songs meaning Costello said ‘I made my first trip to Belfast in 1978 and saw mere boys walking around in battle dress with automatic weapons,the song was based on the premise they always get a working class boy to do the killing.’
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