On Friday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello and the Imposters performed. Perform a stunning performance of “Farewell, OK,” the lead single from the group’s latest album, The Boy Named If.
The song is about a couple who has gone off the deep end. One party speculates on how things could have gone differently. Costello sings, “Ran my hand in the rhythm along the ballroom wall. Felt the rumble of the bass through the entrance hall/ And the door flung open to a mascara cry/ I can’t shake the sound of ‘How could you or why?’”
“Like a lot of good rock and roll songs this began with a drummer down in a basement and a singer howling outside the backdoor,” Costello made the statement in relation to the track. “It’s a blurred gaze, a drink too much, an accidental punch and a kiss goodnight all in the tumult of a dancehall.”
The My aim is true rocker also stunned the crowd with a performance of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” his famous song. Nick Lowe wrote the song, which appeared on Costello’s 1979 album Armed ForcesOriginal lyrics for (English singer-songwriter).
The Boy Named If, this record came out earlier this month. Interview with the artist about the album Rolling Stone’Costello talked about what keeps him composing rock music after nearly 50 years in the industry in his Last Word column. “I don’t like much rock music. I like rock & roll,” according to the 67-year-old. “I think if you lose the roll part, a lot of the fun goes out of it.”
Costello will go on a short UK tour in promotion of The Boy Named If. The majority of the show’s details may be found on Costello’s website.