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American Without Tears   Elvis Costello


 American Without Tears<br/>
 G                          C              G<br/>
 Outside in New Orleans the heat was almost frightening<br/>
        G                       A              D<br/>
 But my hotel room as usual was freezing and unkind<br/>
    G                    C           G<br/>
 On TV they prosecute anyone who's exciting<br/>
      G                      D            G<br/>
 So I put on my overcoat and went down to find<br/>
    G                          C           G<br/>
 In Revlon and Crimpelene they captured my heart<br/>
        G                       A            D<br/>
 To the strain of a piano and a cocktail murderess<br/>
         G                               C                G<br/>
 She was singing that "It's Too Late", I agreed with that part<br/>
     G                         D               G<br/>
 For two English girls who had changed their address<br/>
        C                           G<br/>
 Now it seems we've been crying for years and for years<br/>
       Em                            C                G<br/>
 Now I don't speak any English, just American without tears<br/>
      C                G<br/>
 Just American without tears<br/>
 One had been a beauty queen and the other was her friend<br/>
 They had known rogues and rascals and showbiz impresarios<br/>
 While the boys were licking Hitler they had something to defend<br/>
 >From men armed with chewing gum and fine nylon hose<br/>
 By a bicycle factory as they sounded the siren<br/>
 And returned into the dancehall she knew he was the one<br/>
 Though he wasn't tall or handsome she laughed when he told her<br/>
 "I'm the Sheriff of Nottingham and this is Little John"<br/>
      A                           D       A<br/>
 At a dock in Southampton full of tearful goodbyes<br/>
     A                             B       E<br/>
 Newsreel commentators said "Cheerio, G.I. brides"<br/>
 A                           D              A<br/>
 Soon they'll be finding the cold facts and lies<br/>
     A                              E         A<br/>
 New words for suspenders and young girls backsides<br/>
     A                  D            A<br/>
 Now I'm in America and running from you<br/>
         A                                B              E<br/>
 Like my grandfather before me walked the streets of New York<br/>
       A                           D                   A<br/>
 And I think of all the women I pretend mean more than you<br/>
        A                   E             A<br/>
 When I open my mouth and I can't seem to talk<br/>
        D                           A<br/>
 Now it seems we've been crying for years and for years<br/>
       F#m [barre it]                D                A<br/>
 Now I don't speak any English just American without tears<br/>
       D               A<br/>
 Just American without tears<br/>
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