Hand In Hand

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No, don't ask me to apologise.
I won't ask you to forgive me.
If I'm gonna go down,
you're gonna come with me

You say 'Why don't you be a man about it,
like they do in the grown-up movies?'
But when it comes to the other way around,
you say you just wanna use me. Oh,
you sit and you wonder whether
it's gonna be syndicated.
You sit with your knees together.
All the time your breath is baited.

Hand in Hand.
No, don't ask me to apologise.
I won't ask you to forgive me.
If I'm gonna go down,
you're gonna come with me

Don't you know I got the bully boys out
changing someone's facial design,
sitting with my toy room lout,
polishing my precious china
Don't you know I'm an animal?
But don't you know I can't stand up steady?
But you can't show me any kind of hell
that I don't know already.

Hand in Hand.
No, don't ask me to apologise.
I won't ask you to forgive me.
If I'm gonna go down,
you're gonna come with me
Hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand...

Hand In Hand
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedNovember 1977-January 1978, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedMarch 17, 1978
AlbumsThis Year's Model, 1978
Collections2½ Years, 1993
PromosOur Aim Is True, 1978
Selections From This Year's Model - Blood & Chocolate - Brutal Youth, 2002
Length2:36

First known performance:
October 13, 1977, Glasgow, Scotland
Last known performance:
November 3, 2016, Washington, DC
     (185 known performances)


Alternate versions

Hand In Hand (Live 1978)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedFebruary 28, 1978, Washington, DC
ReleasedMarch 4, 2008
AlbumsThis Year's Model: Deluxe Edition, 2008
Length2:53
This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

Covers

Palomar Sky Survey Are We Heading SouthEP 2000 myspaceinfo
Mathilde Santing Hand In Hand7" single 1983 infoinfo
Mathilde Santing Out Of This Dream - A Third Side 1987 info
Scared Of Chaka Scared Of Chaka 1996 AmazonitunesCDBaby.com
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube

Chords

from: Mats Jansson

D                              A
  No don't ask me to apologise.
D                               A
  I won't ask you to forgive me.
D                  Bm
  If I'm gonna go down,
A               E    A
  you're gonna come with me. 

F#m
    You say, "Why don't you be a man about it,
Bm
   like they do in the grown-up movies?"
F#m
   But when it comes to the other way around,
     A            E    A
you say you just wanna use me.
    G
Oh,   you sit and you wonder whether
Bm
   it's gonna be syndicated.
G
  You sit with your knees together.
A               E     A           G
  All the time your breath is baited.


D    A   D
Hand in hand.


No don't ask me to apologise.
I won't ask you to forgive me.
If I'm gonna go down,
you're gonna come with me.

Don't you know I got the bully boys out
changing someone's facial design,
sitting with my toy room lout,
polishing my precious china.
Don't you know I'm an animal?
But don't you know I can't stand up steady?
But you can't show me any kind of hell
that I don't know already.

 D   A   D
Hand in hand.

D                              A
  No don't ask me to apologise.
D                               A
  I won't ask you to forgive me.
D                  Bm
  If I'm gonna go down,
A               E    A               G
  you're gonna come with me hand in hand,
G/D  A   G    G/D  A   G
hand in hand, hand in hand.
 D   A   D     D   A   D     D   A   D
Hand in hand, hand in hand, hand in hand

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