Back On My Feet

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How many days will the wet weather last?
I want to know will the clouds
When they roll back
Reveal a man in an old mac
Living on a park bench
Sitting on his own?

Cut to the rain as it runs down the glass
Eventually through the lightning and thunder
We see a man going under
This is how it happens
This is what he said

Chorus:
I don't need love
Though temptation is sweet
Give me your hand
'Til I'm back on my feet
You're always telling me about my misery
I've seen things you'll never see
Don't pity me

Focus in on the breath of a man
Who takes a brown paper bag
From his knapsack
Between his whispers and wise cracks
He's looking for permission
Screaming at the sky

(Chorus)

I'll be right again
Be upright without you
I'll stand up again
Kick up a fuss again too

Cut back again to a girl walking by
Until the feet that are all shoes and no socks
Climb an invisible soap box
Laughing at the traffic
Shouting at the world

(Chorus)

I'll stand up again
Kick up a fuss again too
I'll be right again
Be upright without you

We see a life through the eyes of a man
As he live and he dies
By a simple tattoo

I'll be back again
When I land on my feet
I'll stand up again
Kick up a fuss again, wouldn't you

Well there you go, though we tried hard to know him
It's there on his face
He's a case where there's clearly no hope

Give me your hand again
'Til I land again

His face starts to fade
As we pull down the shade
And the picture we made
Is in glorious cinemascope

I'll be back...

Back On My Feet
Written byPaul McCartney & Declan MacManus

Background:
 This song is unreleased by Elvis Costello.
First known performance:
     (0 known performances)


Paul McCartney version

Performed byPaul McCartney
Produced byPhil Ramone
MusiciansPaul McCartney - lead vocal, guitars, piano, backing vocals
Tim Renwick - guitar
Nick Glennie-Smith - keyboards
Charlie Morgan - drums
Linda McCartney - backing vocals
AlbumsPaul McCartney: Flowers In The Dirt (CD reissue), 1993
SinglesPaul McCartney: Once Upon A Long Ago, 1987
Length4:24
Once Upon A Long Ago singlePaul McCartney Once Upon A Long Ago UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Paul McCartney: Flowers In The DirtFlowers In The Dirt album cover.jpg

Covers

Cockeyed Ghost Coming UpVarious Artists 2001 AMGAmazon
Paul McCartney Once Upon A Long Ago [b-side] 1987 WikipediaDiscogsinfo
Paul McCartney Flowers In The Dirt [reissue] 1999 AMGAmazon

Chords

A

 A
How many days will the wet weather last?
A                         G
I want to know will the clouds
                E
When they roll back 
          A             F#m
Reveal a man in an old mac
             Bsus4    B
Living on a park bench
               Esus4   E
Sitting on his own? 

 A
Cut to the rain as it runs down the glass
                        G                 E
Eventually through the lightning and thunder 
          A           F#m
We see a man going under 
                Bsus4  B
This is how it happens 
                 Esus4  E
This is what he said  

E             A
I don't need love
            E          A
Though temptation is sweet 
 E            F#m
Give me your hand
          D          A
'Til I'm back on my feet 
 E             A         E         A
You're always telling me about my misery
      E                  F#m
I've seen things you'll never see
 D         A
Don't pity me 
 
 A
Focus in on the breath of a man
 A                       G
Who takes a brown paper bag
              E
From his knapsack 
              A                 F#m
Between his whispers and wise cracks  
                     Bsus4  B
He's looking for permission
                 Esus4  E
Screaming at the sky 

E             A
I don't need love
            E          A
Though temptation is sweet 
 E            F#m
Give me your hand
          D          A
'Til I'm back on my feet 
 E             A         E         A
You're always telling me about my misery
      E                  F#m
I've seen things you'll never see
 D         A
Don't pity me 

C
 I'll be right again 
                    A
Be upright without you 
C
 I'll stand up again 
                      A
Kick up a fuss again too 

 A
Cut back again to a girl walking by 
                        G                 E
Until the feet that are all shoes and no socks 
            A            F#m
Climb an invisible soap box 
                       Bsus4  B
Laughing at the traffic 
                 Esus4  E
Shouting at the world 

E             A
I don't need love
            E          A
Though temptation is sweet 
 E            F#m
Give me your hand
          D          A
'Til I'm back on my feet 
 E             A         E         A
You're always telling me about my misery
      E                  F#m
I've seen things you'll never see
 D         A
Don't pity me 

C
 I'll stand up again 
                      A
Kick up a fuss again too 
C
 I'll be right again 
                    A
Be upright without you 

A
We see a life through the eyes of a man 
As he live and he dies 
By a simple tattoo 
C       
 I'll be back again 
                   A
When I land on my feet 
C
 I'll stand up again 
                                A
Kick up a fuss again, wouldn't you 

A
Well there you go, though we tried hard to know him 
It's there on his face 
He's a case where there's clearly no hope
C
 Give me your hand again 
                 
'Til I land again 
A
His face starts to fade 
As we pull down the shade 
And the picture we made 
Is in glorious cinemascope 

C                  A
 I'll be back...

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