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Olivers Army chords

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The song:  Oliver's Army
The performer:  Elvis Costello and the Attractions
The album:  Armed Forces

A                      D        E
Don't start me talking; I could talk all night.
A                        D          C#7
My mind goes sleepwalking while I'm putting the world to right.
F#m            B           F#m                  B       E  A
Called careers information.  Have you got yourself an occupation?
        D       E      A                 D        E
Army is here to stay.  Oliver's Army are on their way.
A     A/G#    F#m       A/E      D    D/C#  E      A    D D/C# E6 E7
  And I would rather be anywhere else but   here today.
A                              D          E
There was a checkpoint Charlie, he didn't crack a smile.
A                          D                C#m
But it's no laughing party when you've been on the murder mile.
F#m            B              F#m                B          E
Only takes one itchy trigger, one more widow one less white nigger.

 . . .   D E6 E


G#m            F#            E          D#
  Hong Kong is up for grabs;  London is full of Arabs.
C#                F#         E              F#
   We could be in Palestine, overrun by the Chinese line
         E                            F#
with the boys from the Mersey and the Thames and the Tyne.
B                      E          F#           B
But there's no danger.  It's a professional career,
                                 E               D#7             G#m
though it could be arranged with just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear.
                 C#                  G#m
If you're out of luck you're out of work
                   C#  F#    B    E  F#
We could send you to Johannesburg
B                E       F#    B                 E        F#
Oliver's Army is here to stay  Oliver's Army are on their way.
B     B/A#    G#m       B/F#     E    E/D# F#     B
  and I would rather be anywhere else than here today (3 times)
B             E E/D#   F#
     Oh oh oh oh___    Oh oh oh______

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harry1994 268 Feb 21, 2013 05:11 AM

Transposing down 2 half steps and putting a capo on 2 makes the chords post-key change a little easier.

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Hendon FC 10 Mar 14, 2014 01:24 AM, edited at 05:30 am

Nice tab cheers:)If anyone wants to try this barred it's quite simple to do the run downs in the chorus, if you barre the A move your index finger up one fret on the A/G then a F#m then barred A open top string then barred D just with your index finger so you can do the D/C by putting your ring finger on 9th fret of the low E string then ring finger to barre an E6 or an E whatever's easier but I add an E7 before the A sounds good, enjoy people, peace out
Ps same pattern in the last verse, just up two frets, ie learn the first chorus pattern then just move it up two frets

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lloydbuchholz 12 Jun 14, 2015 04:03 AM

Lack of accuracy. chord chances are total whack and i can't play it while reading. you can clearly hear the ones on the track

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