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Human Hands  Sondre Lerche

The previous transcription of this song seems to have been copied from the
Elvis Costello page at this site and simply transposed to start in C.
(Note the copied mispelling of "Reeperbahn" as "Reeperbarn".) Sondre's
version, however, starts in E. Here is an accurate transcription, where the
chord changes better follow the rhythm of the song.


Song title: Human Hands
Original Album: Imperial Bedroom (Elvis Costello)
Other Album: Dan In Real Life (Soundtrack) (Sondre Lerche)
Words and Music by Elvis Costello
Copyright 1982 Columbia Records
Published by
Transcribed by Gavin Chart (
Sondre Lerche recorded a cover-version of this song for the soundtrack to the
film "Dan In Real Life".
I've been [E]talking to the wall and it's been [B]answering me
[C#m] Oh darling [G#]how I miss you
I'm [A]just the mere shadow of my [E]former selfish[F#m]ness
I crave the silhouette [B7]of your kiss
With [E]only the blue light of the [B]TV on
[C#m] Lip-reading threats and [G#]false alarms
There's a [A]boy somewhere holding [E]hands with himself
And a [F#m]girl in a window on the [B7]Reeperbahn
When[A]ever I put my [Bbdim]foot in my [E]mouth and you be[C#m]gin to doubt
That it's you that I'm [F#]dreaming about
Do I [Am]have to draw you a dia[A]gram?
[Bbdim]All I ever [E]want is just to [F#m]fall into your human [C#m]hands
[play a flanged B7sus4 and E11 as follows:] 
V - downstrum
A - upstrum
[B7sus4]V A V A V A [E11]V A

With the [E]kings and queens of the [B]dance hall craze
[C#m] Checkmate in three moves [G#]in your heyday
But the [A]girls don't listen to your [E]lines any[F#m]more
Now you're part of [B7]someone else
On the [E]factory floor and you [B]still say "Where's the [C#m]action?"
Now you [G#]manufacture [A]happiness
And get [E]sold on the cheap for [F#m]someone's satis[B7]faction
[repeat CBORUS] 
[repeat "flange"] 
[E]All you toy soldiers and [B] scaremongers
[C#m]Are you living in this world [G#]sometimes I wonder
In be[A]tween saying you've [E]seen too much and [F#m]saying you've seen it [B7]all before
[E]Tighter and tighter I [B]hold you tightly
[C#m] You know I [G#]love you more than [A]slightly
Al[E]though I've never [F#m]said it like this [B7]before
[repeat CBORUS] 
[Bbdim]All I ever [E]want is just to [F#m]fall into your human [C#m]hands
[repeat "flange"] 
E 022100
B x24442
C#m x46654
[G#]A [466544]x02220 or 577655
[F#m]B7 [242222]x2120x
Bbdim x4535x
Am x02210

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