Chordproc: Elvis Costello : Misc

Elvis Costello : Misc


  1. All This Useless Beauty
  2. Almost Blue
  3. The Delivery Man
  4. Everyday I Write The Book
  5. Good Year For The Roses
  6. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
  7. (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
  8. I Want You
  9. Jacksons, Monk And Rowe
  10. Nothing Clings Like Ivy
  11. She
  12. Shipbuilding

All This Useless Beauty

D
D/c#
It's at times such as this she'd be tempted to spit
Bm
D7/a
If she wasn't so ladylike
G
D/f#
She imagines how she might have lived
Em
Em/f#
Em/g
A
Back when legends and history collide
D
D/c#
Bm
So she looks to her prince finding since he's so charmingly
D7/a
Slumped at her side
G
D/f#
Those days are recalled on the gallery wall
Bm
Bm/a
E
And she's waiting for passion or humor to strike
A
G
What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?
G
A
D
All this useless beauty
D
D/c#
Good Friday arrived, the sky darkened on time
Bm
D7/a
'Til he almost began to negotiate
G
D/f#
Em
Em/f#
Em/g
A
She held his head like a baby and said "It's okay if you cry"
D
D/c#
Now he wants her to dress as if you couldn't guess
Bm
D7/a
He desires to impress his associates
G
D/f#
But he's part ugly beast and Hellenic deceased
Bm
Bm/a
E
So she finds that the mixture is hard to deny
C
D
G
She won't practice the looks from the great tragic books
G
G/f#
Em
That were later disgraced to face celluloid
C
D
G
It won't even make sense but you can bet
C
D
G
If she isn't a sweetheart or plaything or pet
C
A
The film turns her into an unveiled threat
D
D/c#
Nonsense prevails, modesty fails
Bm
A
Grace and virtue turn into stupidity
G
D/f#
Em
Em/f#
Em/g
A
While the calendar fades almost all barricades to a pale compromise
D
D/c#
And our leaders have feasts on the backsides of beasts
Bm
A
They still think they're the gods of antiquity
G
D/f#
If something you missed didn't even exist
Bm
Bm/a
E
It was just an ideal -- is it such a surprise?



Almost Blue

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Bm7b5 = 123231
Bb6 = XX3333
Adim = X02210
C#dim = XX2323
Am
Dm9
E+
Am
Almost blue
Bm7b5
E7
Am
Almost doing things we used to do
Bm7b5
C
F
There's a girl here and she's almost you
E
Dm
Almost
Am
Adim
All the things that your eyes once promised
C
Bb6
A
I see in hers too
Dm
Bm7b5
E+
Now your eyes are red from cry - ing
Am
B7
Am
Almost blue
F
Bm7b5
C
C#dim
Flirting with this disaster became me
Dm
Bm7b5
E
It named me as the fool who only aimed to be
Am
Almost blue
Bm7b5
E7
Am
It's almost touching it will almost do
Bm7b5
C
F
E
Dm
There's a part of me that's always true.....always
Am
Adim
C
Bb6
A
Not all good things come to an end now it is only a chosen few
Dm
Bm7b5
E+
I've seen such an unhappy cou - ple
Am
Almost me
Bm7b5
Almost you
Am
Almost blue



The Delivery Man

E
A
"Abel was able" so Vivian said
D
A/e
E
Her shoulders flung forward, her lips in a purse
E
A
She talks like the beauty that she never was
D
A/e
E
Of the fabulous wild nights that she never has
D/a
E
In a certain light he looked like Elvis
D/a
E
In a certain way he feels like Jesus
E
A
Everyone dreams of him just as they can
D
A/e
E
But he's only the humble delivery man
Geraldine blushes and brushes away The cigarette ashes that Vivian scatters Stares out of the window at the things that she says While the gossip within her competes with the widow Ever since he's gone, she feels like crying all the time She knows for sure Vivian is lying Now she has a daughter to raise as she can But she just wouldn't trust that delivery man
C
Am
Ivy puts down the ghost story she's reading
G
Looks up at that face on the wall
C
Am
Thinking about how her father lay bleeding
C
Am
Shot in the back 'cause orders were misleading
C
A7
How a flag and a medal don't have any meaning
On the 5th of July as they tore down the fair And he'd seen all the local girls who were worth kissing With the smell of the gunpowder still in the air They noticed that Abel and Ivy were missing In a certain light he looked like Elvis In a certain way he seemed like Jesus He said "Why can't you be kind to me like you were meant to be?" When they let me out I had a brand new identity Now everyone dreams of me just as they can I want to be your delivery man In a certain light he looked like Elvis In a certain way he seemed like Jesus In a certain light he looked like Elvis In a certain way he seemed like Jesus In a certain light he looked like Elvis In a certain way he felt like Jesus



Everyday I Write The Book

Capo IV
Intro
Am
Em
Fmaj7
G
Am
Em
Fmaj7
G
Verse (Form A)
C
Em
Don't tell me you don't know what love is
Am
Em
When you're old enough to know better
Am
Dm
When you find strange hands in your sweater
Em
When your dreamboat
A
Turns out to be a footnote
Dm
I'm a man with a mission
Em
G
In two or three editions, and
Chorus (Form B)
C
Em
F
G
I'm giving you a longing look
C
Em
F
Everyday, everyday, everyday
G
C
Everyday I write the book
Em
F
G
Verse (Form C)
Am
Chapter one, we didn't really get along
C
Em
C
Chapter two, I think I fell in love with you
Am
You said you'd, stand by me in the middle of Chapter three
Dm
But you were up to your old tricks in Chapters
Em
G
Four, five, and six, and
Chorus
C
Em
F
G
I'm giving you a longing look
C
Em
F
Everyday, everyday, everyday
G
C
Everyday I write the book
Em
F
G
Verse (Form C)
Am
The way you walk
C
The way you talk and try to kiss me and laugh
Em
C
In four or five paragraphs
Am
All your compliments and your cutting remarks
Dm
Em
G
Are captured here in my quotation marks, and
Chorus
C
Em
F
G
I'm giving you a longing look
C
Em
F
Everyday, everyday, everyday
G
Am
Everyday I write the book
Am
Em
Fmaj7
G
Oo oooooo Everyday I write the book
Verse (Form A)
C
Em
Don't tell me you don't know the difference
Am
Em
Between a lover and a fighter
Am
Dm
With my pen and my electric typewriter
Em
Even in a perfect world
A
Where everyone was equal
Dm
I'd still own the film rights
Em
G
And be working on the sequel, and
Chorus
C
Em
F
G
I'm giving you a longing look
C
Em
F
Everyday, everyday, everyday
G
C
Everyday I write the book
Em
F
Everyday, everyday
G
C
Everyday I write the book
Em
F
Everyday, everyday
G
Am
Everyday I write the book
Outro
Oooo oooo oooooo
Am
Em
Fmaj7
C
Em
F
G
C



Good Year For The Roses

A
I can hardly bare the sight of lipstick
D
A
On the cigarettes there in the ashtray Lying cold the way you left them
D
A
But at least your lips carressed them while you packed
D
And a lip print on a half-filled cup of coffee
A
That you poured and didn't drink
E7
But at least you thought you wanted it
A
That's so much more than I can say for me
D
What a good year for the roses
E7
A
Many blooms still linger there
Bm7
The lawn could stand another mowing
E7
A
Funny, I don't even care
D
As you turned to walk away
E7
D
A
As the door behind you closes
Bm7
The only thing I know to say
E7
A
D
A/c#
E7
A
It's been a good year for the roses
D/a
A
After three full years of marriage It's the first time that you haven't made the bed I guess the reason we're not talking There's so little left to say, we haven't said While a million thoughts go running through my mind I find I haven't said a word From the bedroom the familiar sound Of our one baby's crying goes un-heard What a good year for the roses Many blooms still linger there The lawn could stand another mowing Funny, I don't even care As you turned to walk away As the door behind you closes The only thing I know to say It's been a good year for the roses



I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

C
Am
I'm the living result
F
G
I'm a man who's been hurt a little too much
C
E7
Am
F
And I've tasted the bitterness of my own tears
C
E7
Am
F
Sadness, is all my lonely heart can feel
C
F
C
F
I can't stand up for falling down
C
F
C
F
I can't stand up for falling down
Simple though love is, still it confused me Why I'm not loved, the way I should be Now I've lived with heartaches, and I've roomed with fear I've dealt with despair, and I've wrestled with tears I can't stand up for falling down I can't stand up for falling down
F
Fm
The vow that we made
C
C7
You broke it in two
F
Fm
G
But that don't stop me from loving you
I can't stand up for falling down I can't stand up for falling down



(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea

Intro
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Bm
A
|
G
A
|
Verse 1
Bm
A
G
A
Photographs of fancy tricks
Bm
A
G
A
To get your kicks at sixty six
Bm
A
G
A
He thinks of all the lips that he licks
Bm
A
G
A
And all the girls that he's going to fix!
Verse 2
Bm
A
G
A
She gave a little flirt, gave herself a little cuddle
Bm
A
G
A
But there's no place here for the mini-skirt waddle
Bm
A
G
A
Capital punishment, she's last years model
G
A
G
A
They call her Natasha when she looks like Elsie
G
F#m
Em
D
I don't want to go to Chelsea!
Chorus
G
D
G
D
Oh, no, it does not move me
G
D
G
D
Even though I've seen the movie
G
D
G
D
I don't want to check your pulse
G
D
G
D
I don't want nobody else
G
D
E
I don't want to go to Chelsea!
Break
|
Bm
A
|
G
A
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Verse 3
Bm
A
G
A
Everybody's got new orders
Bm
A
G
A
Be a nice girl, and kiss the warders
Bm
A
G
A
Now the teacher is away
Bm
A
G
A
All the kids begin to play!
Break
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Bm
A
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G
A
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Verse 4
Bm
A
G
A
Men come sceaming, dressed in white coats
Bm
A
G
A
Shake you very gently by the throat
G
A
G
A
One's named Gus, one's named Alfie
G
F#m
Em
D
I don't want to go to Chelsea!
Chorus
G
D
G
D
Oh, no, it does not move me
G
D
G
D
Even though I've seen the movie
G
D
G
D
I don't want to check your pulse
G
D
G
D
I don't want nobody else
G
D
E
I don't want to go to Chelsea!
Break
|
Bm
A
|
G
A
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Verse 5
Bm
A
G
A
Photographs of fancy tricks
Bm
A
G
A
To get your kicks at sixty six
Bm
A
G
A
He thinks of all the lips that he licks
Bm
A
G
A
And all the girls that he's going to fix!
Verse 6
Bm
A
G
A
She gave a little flirt, gave herself a little cuddle
Bm
A
G
A
But there's no place here for the mini-skirt waddle
Bm
A
G
A
Capital punishment, she's last years model
G
A
G
A
They call her Na - tasha when she looks like Elsie
G
F#m
Em
D
I don't want to go to Chelsea!
Chorus
G
D
G
D
Oh, no, it does not move me
G
D
G
D
Even though I've seen the movie
G
D
G
D
I don't want to check your pulse
G
D
G
D
I don't want nobody else
G
D
E
I don't want to go to Chelsea!
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Bm
A
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G
A
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Bm
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I Want You

Em
Em/f#
G
G/b
C
B
B/f#
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B|-----0----------3------|-----1-----4------|
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A|-----2----------2---2--|--3-----3--2------|
E|--0------2----3--------|---------------2--|
Intro
A
E7
A
E
Oh, my baby, baby, I love you more than I can tell
A
A7
D
D/a
I don't think I can live without you
A
E
A
E7
And I know that I never will
A
E7
A
E
Oh, my baby, baby, I want you so, it scares me ...to death
A
A7
D
D/a
I can't say any - more than "I love you!"
A
G
F#m
Em(vii)
Everything else is a waste of breath!
Verse 1
Em
G
C
B
Em
I want you! You've had your fun, you don't get well no more
Em
G
C
B
Ebm
I want you! Your fingernails go dragging down the wall
B
C
B
Be careful, darling, you might fall!
Verse 2
Em
G
C
B
Em
I want you! I woke up, and one of us was crying
G
C
B
Em
I want you! You said, 'Young man, I do believe you're dying!'
G
C
B
I want you! If you need a second opinion
Em
As you seem to do, these days
G
C
B
I want you! You can look in my eyes
Ebm
B
C
C
B
And you can count the ways!
Verse 3
Em
G
C
B
Em
I want you! Did you mean to tell me, but seem to forget?
G
C
B
Em
I want you! Since when were you so generous, and inarticulate?
G
C
B
Em
G
I want you, but it's the stupid details that my heart is breaking for
C
B
Em
It's the way your shoulders shake, and what they're shaking for
G
C
B
Em
I want you! It's knowing that he knows you now, after only guessing
G
C
B
It's the thought of him undressing you
Ebm
B
C
C
B
Or... you undressing!
Verse 4
Em
G
C
B
Em
I want you! He tossed some tatty compliment your way
G
C
B
I want you, and you were fool enough to love it...
Ebm
Em
G
C
B
...When he said, 'I... want you!'
Break
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Verse 5
Em
G
C
B
Em
I want you! The truth can't hurt you, it's just like the dark
G
C
B
Em
It scares you witless, but, in time, you see things clear and stark
G
C
B
Em
I want you! Go on, and hurt me, then we'll let it drop
G
C
B
Em
I want you! I'm afraid I won't know where to stop
G
C
B
Em
I want you! I'm not ashamed to say, I cried for you!
Verse 6
G
C
B
Em
I want you! I want to know the things you did, that we did too
G
C
B
Em
I want you! I want to hear he pleases you more than I do
G
C
B
Em
I want you! I might as well be useless for all it means to you
G
C
B
Em
I want you! Did you call his name out as he held you down?
G
C
B
Em
I want you! Oh, no, my darling, not with that clown
G
C
B
I..... want you!
Verse 7
Em
G
C
B
Em
I want you! You've had your fun, you don't get well no more
G
C
B
Ebm
I want you! No one who wants you, could want you more!
Em
G
C
B
Em
G
C
B
I want you! I want you!
Em
G
C
B
Em
I want you! Every night, when I go off to bed
G
C
B
And when I wake up, I want you!
Em
G
C
B
Em
G
I'm gonna say it once again, 'til I instill it...
C
B
Em
G
I'm going... going to feel this way until you... kill it...
C
B
Em
G
C
B
Em
G
I want you! I... want you!
C
B
Em
G
C
B
Em
I... want you!



Jacksons, Monk And Rowe

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F
C
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Bb
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F
C
Bb
Sisters four and brothers three
F
C
Bb
Hanging off the family tree
F
C
Bb
Practising for getting old
F
C
Bb
Do you want your fortune told?
Am
They're looking for you high and low Now there's nowhere for you to go So you'll just have to come out and face the music
F
C
Bb
Jacksons, Monk and Rowe
Long ago when we were kids And we cut your hair to bits As we carried off like spoils The heads we'd smash right off your dolls But the wind is changing you know Are you sure of your friends and your foe Have you got what it takes to carry it off? Jacksons, Monk and Rowe As the sun beats down And life begins to complicate Will we both incinerate If we touch that brass name-plate Messrs all, noble sirs Highly paid solicitors Find enclosed my signed divorce Sad proceedings you endorse The burden of pity will show In the people we used to know Have you got enough strength to carry it off? Jacksons, Monk and Rowe



Nothing Clings Like Ivy

C
F
Nothing clings like Ivy
Am
Frightened by the dark
E
A
Though she cuts deep
Dm
G
It never leaves a mark
No one quite like Ivy Ever gets it straight What she believes She won't negotiate
G
/b
C
F
All the words of tenderness
G
/f#
/f
That never quite got through
G
/b
C
F
She says, "You know how young girls are
G
/f#
/f
From my contempt for you"
Outside in the hollow She may dare herself For there may be A serpent in the grass Nothing clings like Ivy Trying to scare herself And it may strike or Wait for her to pass All the words of tenderness That she never possessed "So what's the use of promises?" "I had my fingers crossed"
C
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Cm(maj7)
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C
E
A
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Dm
G
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Gsus4
All the words of tenderness That never quite got through She said, "I laughed behind your back When I told them to you" Nothing clings like Ivy Frightened by the dark Though she cuts deep
Dm
C
It never leaves a mark



She

<Charles Aznavour>
Capo I
C
C/e
F
G
C
C/a
She may be the face I can't forget
F
The trace of pleasure or regret
C
A
Maybe my treasure or the price I have to pay
Dm
Fm
She may be the song that summer sings
C
May be the chill that autumn brings
F/g
May be a hundred different things
G
C
F
G
Within the measure of a day
C
C/a
She may be the beauty or the beast
F
May be the famine or the feast
C
A
May turn each day into a Heaven or a Hell
Dm
Fm
She may be the mirror of my dreams
C
A smile reflected in a stream
F/g
She may not be what she may seem
G
C
F
G
Inside her shell....
Instrumental verse
G#
D#
She, who always seems so happy in a crowd
C#
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
C
No one's allowed to see them when they cry
Fm
Bb
D#
She maybe the love that cannot hope to last
C
D
May come to me from shadows in the past
D
G
That I remember 'till the day I die
C
C/a
She maybe the reason I survive
F
The why and wherefore I'm alive
C
A
The one I care for through the rough and ready years
Dm
Fm
Me, I'll take the laughter and her tears
C
And make them all my souvenirs
D
For where she goes I've got to be
G
The meaning of my life is
F
C
Fm
She....She
G
C
Oh, she....



Shipbuilding

C#dim xx2323
Eb7 x79797
Am
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C
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D
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D
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Em
Em/d#
Is it worth it
Em/d
C#dim
D
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
Dm
Cm7
D
And a bicycle on the boy's birthday
G
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
C
D
By the women and children
G
Soon we'll be shipbuilding
Em
Em/d#
Well I ask you
Em/d
C#dim
D
The boy said "Dad they're going to make me to task
Dm
Cm7
D
But I'll be back by christmas"
G
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
Cmaj7
D
Somebody said that someone got filled in
Cmaj7
D
For saying that people get killed in
Cmaj7
D
G
The result of this shipbuilding
G7
With all the will in the world
Eb6
Diving for dear life
D
G
When we could be diving for pearls
Em
Em/d#
Em/d
C#dim
D
Dm
Cm7
D
G
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
Cmaj7
D
A telegram or a picture postcard
Cmaj7
D
Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyards
Cmaj7
D
And notifying the next of kin
G
Once again
G7
It's all we're skilled in
Eb6
D
G
We will be shipbuilding
Gm
With all the will in the world
Eb6
D
D
D
Diving for dear life
D
Em
When we could be diving for pearls
Em/d#
Em/d
C#dim
D
Dm
Cm7
D
G
Cmaj7
D
Cmaj7
D
Cmaj7
D
G
G7
It's all we're skilled in
Eb6
D
G
We will be shipbuilding
Gm
With all the will in the world
Eb6
D
D
D
Diving for dear life
D
D
D
D
When we could be diving for pearls
D
D
D
D
When we could be diving for pearls
D
Em
When we could be diving for pearls