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Harpies Bizarre  Elvis Costello


TAB (using TAB MASTER). The little woodwind instrument solo is not [yet!]
transcribed, but the chords are available, with added beat measures: 7xE 1xB
mean that in two 4/4 bars, play 7 beats of chord E, and then 1 beat of B.
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HARPIES BIZARRE / Elvis Costello

By Declan Patric Aloysius MacManus
From Elvis Costello's "Mighty Like a Rose", (c) 1991

[intro E] 
Here's what the keyboards play:

[E]He selects the [B]plainest face form a [A]spiteful row of [B]girls
[E]Elegant in[B]sulted women, [A]a flaw of cultured [G#7]pearls
[C#m] He drops a [G#m]name or two,[G#] she fails to [C#m]catch
At [A]last he's met his [E]match
Unspoiled and unaf[B]fected, he wants her so [E]much
[intro E] 
[E]She puts up half-[B]hearted resistance,[A] like she was taught to [B]do
[E]She's heard some of those [B]small town playboys [A]but this is something [G#7]new
[C#m] His promise seems [G#m]dangerous, [G#]she'd like to [C#m]believe
He [A]says "You'd better [E]leave"
"You've only got your[B]self to blame, shame, or [E]deceive"
[E7]The waiting lines are [A]long
[Am]They never get too [E]far
Everyone wearing that medal with [B]pride
Harpies [E]Bizarre
7xE 1xB
7xB 1xE
7xC 1xA
7xB 1xE
4xBm 3xF# 1xBm
4xD 3xA7 1xD

[intro E] 

[E]I looked on but [B]hesitated
[A] I failed to inter[B]rupt
[E]You're so hard to [B]tell the truth too
[A] So easy to co[G#7]rrupt
[C#m] I'll memo[G#m]rize your face
[G#] Your tragic [C#m]smile
The [A]hurt look in your [E]eyes
As you betrayed your[B]self to the part of him that [E]dies
[E7]The waiting lines are [A]long
They [Am]never get too [E]far
They're [E7]shining up their [A]shoes to [Am]kick a falling [E]star
You [E7]think you should be [A]somebody
But you [Am]don't know who you [E]are
Everyone wearing that medal with [B]pride
Harpies [E]Bizarre
[repeat Intro section and fade] 
[From Ofir Zwebner                        Jul 19 '94 at 12:20 pm 180] 
from: Christian Korbanka, Cologne, Germany
lyrics and chords of: Harpies Bizarre by Elvis Costello And The Attractions

Suggestions and corrections are always welcome!
date: 95/10/15

[E]He selects the pla[B]inest face
[A]From a spiteful row of gi[B]rls
[E]Elegant ins[B]ulted women
[A]A flaw of cultured pe[G#]arls
[C#m]He drops a [G#m]name or two
[G#]She fails to c[G#m]atch
At le[A]ast he's met his ma[E]tch
Unspoiled and unaf[B]fected, he wants her so m[E]uch

[E]She puts up half-he[B]arted resistance
[A]Like she was taught to [B]do
[E]She's heard some of those sm[B]all town playboys
[A]But this is something [G#]new
[C#m]His promise seems dan[G#m]gerous
[G#]She'd like to be[C#m]lieve
He s[A]ays "You'd better le[E]ave"
"You've only got you[B]rself to blame, shame or dec[E]eive"
The wa[E7]iting lines are l[A]ong
They n[A7]ever get too f[E]ar
Everyone wearing that medal wirh pr[B]ide
Harpies Biz[E]zare
[E]I looked on but hes[B]itated
[A]I failed to inte[B]rrupt
[E]You're so hard to t[B]ell the truth to
[A]So easy to co[G#]rrupt
[C#m]I'll me[G#m]morize your face
[G#]Your tragic s[C#m]mile
The h[A]urt look in your e[E]yes
As you betrayed you[B]rself to the part of hime that d[E]ies
The wa[E7]iting lines are l[A]ong
They n[A7]ever get too f[E]ar
They're sh[E7]inig up their sh[A]oes
To k[A7]ick a falling s[E]tar
You t[E7]hink you should be so[A/E]mebody
But you [A7/E]don't know who you a[E]re
Everyone wearing that medal with pr[B]ide
Harpies Biz[E]zare
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