There’s recently been a resurgence of popularity for Elvis Costello’s music, here at work, and this got me wondering about the behind one of my all-time favorite songs, Elvis’s Oliver’s Army . This is the song that features, among others, the infamous line “one more widow, one less white nigger”. (Note to mods: this is NOT why it’s one of my faves, nor am I advocating blowing anyone away.) Great tune; interesting lyrics.
Obviously, this is a protest song, but it isn’t clear what he was/is protesting. If I knew at the time the song was released, I’ve long since forgotten. So, the questions are; who is/was Oliver and what was so unusual about his army that it inspired this song?