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Tramp the Dirt Down  Elvis Costello

<i></i>G: (320003)
D/F#: (2x0232)
Em: (022000)
C: (x32010)
Bm/D: (x5443x)
A/C#: (x4222x)
E/G#: (4x245x)
I saw a ne[G]wsp[D/F#]aper pi[Em]cture from the pol[C]itical cam[G]paign
A woman was k[Em]issi[Bm/D]ng a c[A/C#]hild, who was obvi[C]ously in pa[G]in
SHe spills w/ c[Em]omp[Bm/D]assio[A/C#]n, as that young ch[C]ild's face in her hands she gr[G]ips
Can you imagine [Em]all[Bm/D] that g[A/C#]reed and av[C]arice coming down on th[G]at child[C]s lips
Well I hope you don't d[G]ie t[D/F#]oo soo[Em]n[D]
I pray the L[C]ord my soul to sa[G]ve
Oh I'll be[Em] a [Bm/D]good [A/C#]boy, I'll t[C]ry so hard to be[G]have
Because there's o[Em]ne [Bm/D]thing [A/C#]I know, I'd like to live l[C]ong enough to sa[G]vor
That's wh[C]en t[Bm]hey f[Am]inal[G]ly p[Am]ut you in the gro[G]und
I'll St[C]and o[Bm]n y[Am]our g[G]rave and t[Am]ramp the dirt do[G]wn[D]
D Em D/F# G(?) D
When England was the whore of the world Margaret was her madam
Em D/F# Em(?) G
And the future looked as brigh and as clear as the black tarmacadam
[G]Well I hope that she sleeps well at night, isn't haunted by every tiny de[C]tail
[Am]Cos when she held that lo[E/G#]vely f[G]ace in her hands a[D/F#]ll she thou[Em]ght was betrayal[D]
And now the cynical ones say that it all ends
the same in the long run
Try telling that to the desperate father who just
squeezed the life from his only son
And how it's only voices in your head and
dreams you never dreamt
Try telling him the subtle difference between
justice and contempt
Try telling me she isn't angry with this pitiful
When they flaunt it in your face as you line up
for punishment
And then expect you to say "Thank you"
straighten up, look proud and pleased
Because you've only got the symptoms, you
haven't got the whole disease
Just like a schoolboy, whose head's like a tin-can
filled up with dreams then poured down
the drain
Try telling that to the boys on both sides, being
blown to bits or beaten and maimed
Who takes all the glory and none of the shame
Well I hope you live long now, I pray the Lord
your soul to keep
I think I'll be going before we fold our arms
and start to weep
I never thought for a moment that human life
could be so cheap
'Cos when they finally put you in the ground
They'll stand there laughing and tramp the
dirt down
Don't feel as though you have to play all the chords, I change it up every time
and just play what feels right, hope you all enjoy :)

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