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The world and his wife  Elvis Costello












[G]The family circle gathers round [G/F#]from v[Em]ery far and near
To [D]pass around the [C]same remarks they [G]passed away last year
The [G]little girl you dangled on [G/F#]your [Em]knee without mishap
Stirs [D]something in your [C]memory and [G]something in your lap
*Chorus*
The [Am]juniper berry has a [Em]very deadly kiss
[Bb]I believe that something here is [D]very much amiss
[G]But its a living [G/F#]and  [Em]this is the life
For the [D]world [C]and his [D]wife
The world [C#]and his [F#m]wife
The [Am]kissing cousins step outside to [Em]cuddle and confess
[Bb]She says sweet nothing at all its [D]much more of a mess
She says [G]our mother[G/F#] and [Em]someone elses father
[D]Went for two weeks [C]holiday in [G]Taramasalata
[G]Daddy went out with the [G/F#]rubbish [Em]and he kept on talking
Be[D]tween Mum and the [C]walls god only [G]knows who does the talking
*Chorus*
(Verse 3 same as verse 2)
The conversation melts like chocolate down our open jaws
Through the loud appeal of laughter
and the counting score drawers
But later on in the evening through the tears and fol de rol
Come the setimental feelings of the lure of vitriol
Longing thoughts go hankering for the old home overseas
With a blindfold and a national anthem sung in different keys
*Chorus* (Except instead of C# and F#m, just play D and C and
repeat again)
from: Christian Korbanka, Cologne, Germany
e-mail: Christian_Korbanka@msn.com
lyrics and chords of: The World And His Wife (LIVE!) by Elvis Costello
(This is the live-version from the Punch The Clock re-issue)
Suggestions and corrections are always welcome!
date: 95/10/15
[G]   [Em]   [D]   [C]   [G]  The family [G]circle gathers round from very far and near[Em]
To pass [D]around the same remarks th[C]ey passed away last year[G]
The little[G] girl you dangeled on your knee without mishap[Em]
Stirs something i[D]n your memory and somethi[C]ng in your lap[G]
The junipe[Am]r berry has a very deadly k[Em]iss
[Bb]I would say that something here is very much in this[Dm] [D]
[G]But it´s a living and this is [Em]the life
For the world a[D]nd his w[C]ife[G]
The world [D]and hi[C#7]s wife[F#m]
The kissing[Am] cousins step outside to cuddle and confess[Em]
[Bb]She says sweet nothing at all it´s much more of a mess[Dm] [D]
She says our m[G]other and someone else´s father[Em]
Wen[D]t for two weeks holiday in Taramas[C]alata[G]
Dadd[G]y went out with the rubbish and he kept on walkin[Em]g
Betwee[D]n mum and the walls - god only k[C]nows who does the takling[G]
The junipe[Am]r berry has a very deadly k[Em]iss
[Bb]I would say that something here is very much in this[Dm] [D]
[G]But it´s a living and this is [Em]the life
For the world a[D]nd his w[C]ife[G]
The world [D]and hi[C#7]s wife[F#m]
The conversat[Am]ion melts like chocolate down our open jaws[Em]
Through the loud appea[Bb]l of laughter and the counting of score draws[Dm] [D]
But late[G]r on in the evening through the tears and fol de rol[Em]
Come the sentimental feelin[D]gs for the lu[C]re of vitriol[G]
Longi[G]ng thoughts go hankering for the old home overseas[Em]
With a blindfold [D]and a national anthem s[C]ung in diferent keys[G]
The junipe[Am]r berry has a very deadly k[Em]iss
[Bb]I would say that something here is very much in this[Dm] [D]
[G]But it´s a living and this is th[Em]e life
For the world a[D]nd his w[C]ife[G]
The world [D]and his [C]wife[G]
The world [F]and his [C]wife[G]
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