This is probably one of my very favorite Costello songs. I think it’s musically fun, and the lyrics are clever and fun to sing along with. It’s from Punch The Clock, an underrated Costello album because he was trying to overtly have a “hit” record (which he ultimately did, with “Everyday I Write The Book”) and so he himself tends to discredit the album a little bit, except for “Shipbulding” and “Pills & Soap.”
But “The Invisible Man” is super fun.
I was committed to life and then commuted to the outskirts with all the love in the world, living for thirty minutes at a time with a break in the middle for adverts.
But it’s a wonderful world within these cinema walls where a shower of affection becomes Niagara Falls and you wish she could step down from the screen to your seat in the stalls.
But if stars are only painted on the ceiling above then who can you turn to and who do you love?
I want to get out while I still can. I want to be like Harry Houdini. Now I’m the invisible man!
My head is spinning ‘round faster and faster. Here I stand on the edge of disaster. I’m shattered like a piece of crystal, porcelain or alabaster.
'Cos if stars are only painted on the ceiling above then who can you turn to and who do you love? I want to get out while I still can.
Crowds surround loudspeakers hanging from the lampposts listening to the murder mystery. Meanwhile, someone’s hiding in the classroom forging the books of history.
Never mind there’s a good film showing tonight where they hang everybody who can read or write. Oh, that could never happen here, but then again it might.