Blue Chair

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Now it's just you and me, my blue friend
And you say that it's you that she's thinking of
And our affair must end
But if it's you that she's thinking of
I think my broken heart might mend

Chorus:
Now it's my turn to talk and your turn to think
Your turn to buy and my turn to drink
Your turn to cry and my turn to sink down in the blue chair
Down in the blue chair

Now I've made up my mind, I've made my mistake
And I know that she cries for you
When she's barely awake
But she's going to bend your mind
Well, I hope it don't break

(Chorus)

Down in the blue chair
We can watch our troubles rise
Like smoke into the air
And drift up to the ceiling
Down in the blue chair
You can feel just like a boy or a man
And next minute you can find yourself kneeling
Down in the blue chair
They're boasting of loving the daylights right out of her in the small hours
Down in the blue chair
You say that your love lasts forever when you know the night is just hours

And still I want her right now
Not any minute, hour or day
And wherever she is tonight
I want her anyway
I suppose she never said to you
You were just in the way

(Chorus)

Down in the blue chair
Down in the blue chair

Down in the blue chair
Down in the blue chair
Down in the blue chair
Down in the blue
Blue becomes you
Down in the blue chair

Blue Chair
Written byDeclan MacManus
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe with Colin Fairley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
Nick Lowe - acoustic guitar
RecordedMarch-May 1986, Olympic Studios, London
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1986
AlbumsBlood & Chocolate, 1986
PromosHighlights From Blood & Chocolate, 1986
Visa Sampler, 2007
Length3:38

First known performance:
March 9, 1985, London, England
Last known performance:
April 2, 2016, Los Angeles, CA
     (105 known performances)


Alternate versions

Blue Chair (Single Version)
Performed byElvis Costello (credit on sleeve)
The Costello Show (credit on label)
Produced byThe Coward Brothers ("A Coward Brothers Production")
Recorded byHenry Coward & Larry Hirsch
Mixed byHoward Coward & Colin Fairley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, acoustic guitar
T-Bone Wolk - electric guitar, bass
Mitchell Froom - organ
Mickey Curry - drums
Recordedca. August-September 1985, Ocean Way, Hollywood
Vocal re-recorded January 1987, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 1987
AlbumsBlood & Chocolate (Rykodisc/Demon edition), 1995
Blood & Chocolate (Rhino/Edsel edition), 2002
SinglesBlue Chair, 1987
CollectionsOut Of Our Idiot, 1987
Singles, Volume 3, 2003
Length3:38

Blue Chair (Live 2004)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Imposters
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedSeptember 17, 2004, Hi-Tone Cafe, Memphis, TN
ReleasedApril 19, 2005
VideosClub Date: Live In Memphis, 2005

Blood & ChocolateBAC album cover large.jpg

Highlights From Blood & ChocolateHighlights From Blood & Chocolate UK 7" promo.jpg

Blue Chair singleBlue Chair UK 7" single front sleeve.jpg

Out Of Our IdiotOut Of Our Idiot album cover thumbnail.jpg

Singles, Volume 3Singles Volume 3 album cover.jpg

Club Date: Live In MemphisClub Date Live In Memphis dvd cover.jpg

Visa SamplerVisa Sampler front.jpg

Covers

Matt Brown and Bill Shaouy Live performance uploaded to YouTube 2013 BandCamp YouTube
Chielie online album 2001 websitemp3
Mason Hoffman performed live, Costello Tribute, 2017-03-16 Harlow's, Sacramento, CA 2017 YouTube
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003- OliversArmyBand
Mychael LeMonde The Loser's Lounge Tribute to Elvis CostelloVarious Artists 2002 LosersLounge
Li'l Cap'n Travis Almost You: The Songs Of Elvis CostelloVarious Artists 2003 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
TypeCast performed live, 1998, Santpoort-Zuid, Netherlands 1998 website

Chords

From: Gary O'Neill
drop d tuning 

intro: D a_b....
D| Now it's just you and me, G| my blue D| friend
D| And you say that it's you that she's thinking of 
G| And our F#7| affair must end
D| But if it's you that she's thinking of 
G|I think my broken heart might F#7| mend
Now it's G| my turn to F#m| talk and C| your turn to D| think
G| Your turn to A| buy and Bbm| my turn to Bm| drink
G| Your turn to F#m| cry and G| my turn to D| sink G| Down in the Blue Em| Chair 
G| Down A| in the Blue D| Chair

D Now I've made up my mind G I've made my D mistake
D And I know that she cries for you 
G When she's barely F#7 awake
D Well she's going to bend your mind 
G Well I hope it don't F#7 break
Now it's my turn .... 

Down in the Blue Em| Chair 
We can F#m| watch our G| troubles rise like
F#m| smoke into the Em| air 
And Em drift Ebm| up to the D| ceiling
Down in the Blue Em| Chair
You can Em| feel just F#m like a G| boy or a F#m| man
And next Em| minute you can Ebm| find yourself D| kneeling

Down in the Blue F#m| Chair
They're F#m| boasting G#m of A| loving the G#m| daylights 
right F#m| out of her G#m| in the small Bm| hours
Down in the Blue Em| Chair
You Em| say F#m that your G| love lasts F#m| forever
when Em| you know the G| night just A| hours 
A/G A/F#| uh ho ho A/E| ho ho ho

D And still I want her right now 
G Not any minute, hour or D day
D And wherever she is tonight G I want her F#7 anyway
D I suppose she never said to you, 
G You were just in the F#7 way

Now it's my turn....

Em| Down in the Blue D| Chair 
Bb| Down A| in the Blue D| Chair
G| Down A| in the Blue D| Chair 
G| Down A| in the Blue D| Chair
G| Down A| in the Blue B7| Chair
Em| Down F#m| in the blue G| Blue Bm| becomes you
G| Down A| in the Blue D| Chair

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