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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: William Vaughan 
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 1995 10:17:18 -0400 (EDT)

Here's Elvis Costello's "Green Shirt" from the demo version off
the Ryko reissued of "This Years Model".  The original version is
on "Armed Forces" and has very little guitar.  For the demo
version, there is an extra verse (the last one).  Be sure to
concentrate on the bass strings of the chords and use the up and
down picking motion EC does (listen to the record for details)

*verse 1*
C
There's a smart young woman on a light blue screen

                              F
That comes into my room every night

        C
And she takes all the red, yellow, orange and green

                                   F
And she turns them into black and white.


*chorus*
        C
And you tease

        F
And you flirt

        Bb            Bb/A            Bb/G   F
And you shine all the buttons on your green shirt

        Bb                   F                       C
You can please yourself, but somebody's going to get it

       Bb          F           C
Better cut off all identifying labels

   Bb               F              G
Before they get you on the touture table


*same as first verse*
Cause somewhere in the quisling clinic
There's a short time typist taking seconds over minutes
She's listening into the Venus line
She's picking out names, I hope none of them are mine

        C
And you tease

        F
And you flirt

         Bb           Bb/A        Bb/G      F
And you shine all the buttons on your green shirt

         Bb                 F                       C
You can tease yourself, but somebody's going to get it

Bb                 F
Never said I was a stool pigeon

Bb                 F
Never said I was a diplomat

Bb           F
Everybody is under suspicion but

C                            F
You don't want to hear about that


        C
And you tease

        F
And you flirt

         Bb           Bb/A        Bb/G      F
And you shine all the buttons on your green shirt

        Bb                   F                       C
You can please yourself, but somebody's going to get it

       Bb             F             C           F
Better send the naked ledger to the big investigation

Bb            F                C         F
Who put these finger prints on my imagination

*same as verse 1*
There are wives in the windows
There are wives in the walls
There are wives in the kitchens
And wives in the halls

There are wives on poles
There are wives in your face
There are wives in holes
Coming out all over the place


        C
And you tease

        F
And you flirt

        Bb            Bb/A       Bb/G        F
And you shine all the buttons on your green shirt

        Bb                   F                       C
You can please yourself, but somebody's going to get it

*same*
You can please yourself, but somebody's going to get it
You can please yourself, but somebody's going to get it
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geoff.murrell 10 Aug 26, 2014 03:32 AM, edited at 07:34 am

G D A D
Better send the begging letter to the big investigation

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geoff.murrell 10 Aug 26, 2014 03:35 AM

Better send the begging letter to the big investigation

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rosenej 10 Feb 21, 2016 04:40 PM

"wires" not "wives" in that last verse (from an alternate recording)

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