Takes only one itchy trigger; one widow more, one less white [N-word], “Costello sings in the political anthem, inspired by Troubles in Northern Ireland and his encounters with young soldiers involved in the conflict.
“If I wrote that song today, I might think twice,” he told the Telegraph. “That was what my grandfather was called in the British Army – it’s historically a fact – but people hear that word go like a bell and accuse me of something I did not intend.”
Costello agreed that beeping the word “makes it worse,” he told the Telegraph, “because [radio stations] then highlights it. “
The musician said he had written a new verse for the song – one that focused on censorship – for a previous tour, but decided to withdraw the song and that radio stations should do the same.
“Just don’t play the record!” he said.
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