Elvis Costello Releases 2nd New Song, ‘Hetty O’Hara Confidential’

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Elvis Costello has released a second new song in as many months. “Hetty O’Hara Confidential” arrived at the stroke of midnight ET on Friday, July 10. The new track, described as the tale of a tattler who outlives her time, follows the June 5 release of the powerful song, “No Flag,” his first new music since 2018. Listen to both below.

The musician had been teasing the new song’s release since July 6 with a series of tweets that featured some of the song’s lyrics and illustrations from the music video. Costello performs Hammond organ, Fender Jazzmaster, upright piano, Rhythm Ace and “all other noises.”

“She could kill a man with a single stroke,” he sings. “She is not the one you want to provoke.”

Watch the official lyric video for “Hetty O’Hara Confidential”

As with all of us, 2020 has been a memorable year for Costello, though he has several unique reasons. On Feb. 14, he became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, at a ceremony overseen by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

And though his celebrated career is decades old, Costello had never won a Grammy Award for one of his albums. That all changed at the 62nd Grammy Awards, held on Jan 26. The musician won for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his Oct. 2018 release, Look Now. The legend had previously won in 1999 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, with Burt Bacharach.

“You may be joking, but I don’t get the gag,” he sings in “No Flag.” “I sense no future, but time seems to drag.”

Watch the lyric video for “No Flag”

Related: Our inside story on the U.S. launch of Costello’s debut album

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  1. J.T
    #1 J.T 8 June, 2020, 07:52

    I LOVE ALMOST ALL OF ELVIS’ STUFF.
    ESPECIALLY ALLISON, BUT THIS’NO FLAG’SOUNDS LIKE HE’S GOING THRU HIS 2ND CHILDHOOD EARLY ¿? NOT THIS TIME ELVIS.
    PLEASE GO BACK TO SARCASM OR ‘LOVE SONGS’OR ANY ECLECTIC TOPIC, BUT PLEASE, NO BAD GUITAR LICKS OR ALIEN HALF/MELODIES???. DON’T STOP TRYING DUDE. WE’RE STILL IN YOUR CORNER, FOR YOUR PREVIOUS CLASSIC TUNES.

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