I Write the Book

Elvis Costello

 C#mG#mAmaj7BEG#mC#m
                                     Don't tell me you don't know what love is when you're old enough to
 G#mC#mF#m
know better.  When you find strange hands in your sweater, when
 G#mC#F#m
your dreamboat turns out to be a footnote, I'm a man with a
 G#mB
mission in two or three editions, andÉ

(chorus)
 EG#mABEG#m
I'm giving you a long look ev'ryday, ev'ryday,
 ABEG#m
ev'ryday, ev'ryday I write the book.  
 AB
1st Verse:
 C#mE
Chapter one, we didn't really get along, Chapter two, I think I
 G#mEABC#m
fell in love with you.  you said you'd stand by me in the
 F#m
middle of Chapter three, but you were up to your old tricks in Chapters
 G#mB
four, five, and six, andÉ

(chorus)
 EG#mABEG#m
I'm giving you a long look ev'ryday, ev'ryday,
 ABEG#m
ev'ryday, ev'ryday I write the book.  
 AB
2nd verse:
 C#mE
The way you walk, the way you talk and try to kiss me and laugh in four
 G#mEABC#m
or five paragraphs.       All your compliments and your
 F#mG#mB
cutting remarks are captured here in my quotation marks, andÉ

(chorus)
 EG#mABEG#m
I'm giving you a long look ev'ryday, ev'ryday,
 ABEG#m
ev'ryday, ev'ryday I write the book.  
 AB
 EG#mC#m
Don't tell me you don't know the diff'rence, between a lover and a
 G#mC#mF#mG#m
fighter.  With my pen and my electric typewriter, even in a
 C#F#m
perfect world where ev'ryone was equal, I'd still own the film rights
 G#mB
and be working on the sequel.

 EG#mABEG#m
I'm giving you a long look ev'ryday, ev'ryday,
 ABC#m
ev'ryday, ev'ryday I write the book.

 G#mABEG#mAB
 EG#mAB
Ev'ryday, ev'ryday, ev'ryday, ev'ryday I write the book.

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The above is solely MY INTERPRETATION of this great song, in a format aimed at learning guitarists.
No attempt has been made to copy or reproduce the artist's or publisher's sheet music for the song,
if such exists.

It can be used for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. To play the song as it should be played, you should
purchase the official sheetmusic for the song. You should also purchase and listen to the song to learn
the rhythm and timing of the song - this is essential if you wish to play the song with any degree of accuracy

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