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Watching The Detectives Chords

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Watching The Detectives - Elvis Costello


[Verse 1]

Am
Nice girls, not one with a defect
F
Cellophane shrink wrap, so correct
Am                      F
Red dogs under illegal legs
Am                                      F
She looks so good that he gets down and begs


[Chorus]

         C
She is watching the detectives
      G
"Ooh, he's so cute"
C
Watching the detectives
G               C      F      D
When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
Am                                           G
They beat him up until the teardrops start
F                                         C    G
But he can't be wounded cos he's got no heart


[Verse 2]
(same as verse 1)

Long shot of that jumping sign
Visible shivers running down my spine
Cut to baby taking off her clothes
Close up of the sign that says, "We never close"

You snatch a tune, you match a cigarette
She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
I don't know how much more of this I can take
She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake


[Chorus]

         C
She is watching the detectives
      G
"Ooh, he's so cute"
C
Watching the detectives
G               C      F      D
When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
Am                                           G
They beat him up until the teardrops start
F                                         C    G
But he can't be wounded cos he's got no heart


[Verse 3]
(same as verse 1)

You think you're alone, until you realize you're in it
Now fear is here to stay, love is here for a visit
They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
omeone's scrathing at the door, I wonder who is it?
The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
It only took my little fingers to blow you away


[Chorus]

C                G
   Just like watching the detectives,
C
Don't get cute
G
Watching the detectives,
Am                                         G
I get so angry when the teardrops start
F                                         C
But he can't be wounded cos he's got no heart

G                         C
Watching the detectives,
Watching the detectives
Am F
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Casts 31 Sep 05, 2009 08:27 PM

Thanks for this, you did a good job.

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jakeywakey 20 Aug 06, 2011 08:18 AM

Not so great-but I guess that's the book's fault eh? The progression from "one day she'll shoot.." is surely G , Emaj, F then D not G , C , F , D. Cheers for the post anyhoo!

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Riseagan 10 Oct 20, 2011 07:03 PM

I believe its a Dm instead of D. its in the Key of Aminor/C, which would make D the II chord, which is always minor. I believe the above post is correct in using E instead of C, but again the III chord is minor.

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