45

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Bells are chiming for victory
There's a page back in history
45
They came back to the world that they fought for
Didn't turn out just like they thought
45

Here is a song to sing to do the measuring
What did you lose?
What did you gain?
What did you win?

Nine years later a child is born
There's a record, so you put it on
45
Nine years more, if we're lucky now
Nine-year-old puts his money down
45
Every scratch, every click, every heartbeat
Every breath that I held for you
45
There's a stack of shellac and vinyl
Which is yours now and which is mine?
45

Here is a song to sing to do the measuring
What did you lose?
What did you gain?
What did you win?

Bass and treble heal every hurt
There's a rebel in a nylon shirt
But the words are a mystery, I've heard
'Til you turn it down to 33 and 1/3
'Cos it helps with the elocution
Corporations turn revolutions
45

So don't you weep and shed
Just change your name instead
What do you lose when it all goes to your head?

I heard something peculiar said:
"Perhaps he's got a shot and now he's dead"
45
Bells are chiming and tears are falling
It creeps up on you without a warning
45
Every scratch, every click, every heartbeat
Every breath that I bless
I'd be lost, I confess
45

45
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello (& The Imposters)
Produced byThe Imposter: Elvis Costello, Ciaran Cahill, Leo Pearson & Kieran Lynch
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, Magnatone Typhoon electric guitar
Pete Thomas - drums, handclaps
Davey Faragher - Fender Precision bass, handclaps
Steve Nieve - Hohner pianet, Vox Continental organ
Elvis Costello & Steven Kennedy - backing vocals
Recorded2001, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
ReleasedApril 15, 2002
AlbumsWhen I Was Cruel, 2002
Singles45, 2002
PromosSunday Times CD, 2002 (PC audio track)
VideosSunday Times CD, 2002
Length3:29


Alternate versions

45 (Cities 97 version)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedJune 5, 2002, Echo Bay Studios, New Hope, MN
ReleasedNovember 5, 2002
Various Artists collectionsCities 97 Sampler Volume 14, 2002
Length3:15
When I Was CruelWIWC album cover 400.jpg

45 single45 UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Sunday Times CDSunday Times CD.jpg

Cities 97 Sampler Volume 14Cities 97 Sampler Volume 14 album cover.jpg

Covers

no known covers

Chords

  • Transcribed by Pablo Alonso.
(play stacatto)
A5 
             G5       D5     C5 
Bells are chiming for victory
D5	       C5      G5      A5
There's a page back in history
   D5  A5
45               G5     D5                     C5
They came back to the world that they fought for
D5          C5      G5
Didn't turn out just like they thought
A5  D5  A5
45

D         E           D/F#       E/G#
Here is a song to sing to do the measuring
D/A			      E/B                    (guitar+bass)
What do you lose, what do you gain, what do you win?

Nine years later a child is born
There's a record, so you put it on
45
Nine years more, if we're lucky now
Nine-year-old puts his money down
45
Every scratch. every click, every heartbeat
Every breath that I held for you
45
There's a stack of shellac and vinyl
Which is yours now and which is mine?
45

Here is a song to sing to do the measuring
What do you lose, what do you gain, what do you win? 

A5                   D5         
Bass and treble heal every hurt
                C5  G5
There's a rebel in a nylon shirt
A5            G5    D5
But the words are a mystery, I've heard
F#5                      B5         (F#m and Bm on organ)
'Til you turn it down to 33 and 1/3
A5            G5       D5   C5  D5
'Cos it helps with the elocution
             C5   G5
Corporations turn revolutions
A5 G5 A5
45

So don't just weep and shed
Just change your name instead
What do you lose when it all goes to your head?

I heard something peculiar said:
"Perhaps he's got a shot and now he's dead"
45

Bells are chiming and tears are falling
It creeps up on you without a warning
45
Every scratch, every click, every heartbeat
Every breath that I bless
I'd be lost, I confess
45

A G  A G  to fade

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