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The Other Side of Summer  Elvis Costello

By Paul Tibbetts ( and Mike Hernandez (
G (320003)
Em (022000)
Am (x02210)
C (x32010)
Cm (x35543)
D (xx0232)
[F]Cm/Eb [(133211)](x6554x)
Dm (xx0231)
Bb (x13331)
A7 (x02020)
(anything listed in parentheses is played as single notes)
Bass Intro:
[4/4] , . , . , . , . [3/4] , . , . , .

The [G]sun struggles up another beautiful day
And I felt [Em]glad in my [Am]own suspicious way
[G]Yeah (yeah) [C]yeah (yeah) [G]yeah (yeah) [Cm]yeah (yeah)
[G]Despite the contra[Em]diction and con[Am]fusion
Felt [D]tragic without [C]reason
There's malice and there's [D]magic in every season
[G]>From the foaming[F] breakers of the[Em] poisonous[Cm/Eb] surf
The [G]other [Em]side of [Am]Sum[D]mer
[G]To the burning [F]forests in the [Em]hills of [Cm/Eb]Astroturf
The [G]other [D]side of [Am]Sum[G]mer
[G] [D] [Am] [G]  
The automatic [Dm]gates close up between the [Bb]shanties and the [A7]palace
The [Dm]blowtorch amusements, the [Bb]voodoo [A7]chalice
The [Dm]pale pathetic promises that [Bb]everybody [A7]swallows
A [Dm]teenage girl is [A7]crying 'cos she [Dm]don't look like[(B] a [C]mil[B]lion [A]dol[D)]lars[D]
So[(B] help [C]her [B]if [A]you [D)]can[D]
[(B]'Cos [C]she [B]don't [A]seem [D)]to [D]have the attention span
Was it a million[Dm]aire who said "[Bb]imagine no [A7]possessions"?
A [Dm]poor little schoolboy who said "[Bb]we don't need no [A7]lessons"?
The [Dm]rabid rebel dogs ran[Bb]sack the shampoo [A7]shop
The [Dm]pop princess is [A7]downtown [Dm]shooting up
[(B]And [C]if [B]that [A]god[D)]dess[D]
[(B]is [C]fit [B]for [A]bur[D)]ning[D]
[(B]The [C]sun [B]will [A]strug[D)]gle [D]up the world will still keep turning
[G]Madman standing by the side of the road saying
"Look at my eyes, [Em]look at my eyes, [Am]look at my eyes, look at my eyes"
[G]Yeah (yeah) [C]yeah (yeah) [G]yeah (yeah) [Cm]yeah (yeah)
[G]Now you can't af[Em]ford to fake [Am]all the drugs your [D]parents used to [C]take
Because of their mis[D]takes you'd better be wide awake
The [G]mightiest [F]rose
The [Em]absence of [Cm/Eb]perfume
The [G]casual [Em]killers
The [Am]military [D]curfew
The [G]cardboard [F]city
And an [Em]unwanted [Cm/Eb]birthday
The [G]other [Em]side of [Am]sum[G]mer
The [G]dancing was [F]desperate and the [Em]music was [Cm/Eb]worse
They [G]bury your [Em]dreams and [Am]dig up the [D]worthless
Good[G]night, God [F]bless
And kiss "[Em]goodbye" to the [Cm/Eb]earth
The [G]other [Em]side of [Am]sum[G]mer
(repeat last line)

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