Joe Porterhouse

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The children sit upon the stairs
High above a valley of tears
Don't let them see you crying that way, oh no

Oh no, Joe Porterhouse is not gone forever
He'll be back another day
Don't let them see you crying that way

Chorus:
Please don't wake him let him sleep
It's a moment she can keep
Like an old bus ticket or a photograph
Resting on the mantlepiece
While for the wicked, there is no peace
She says it's not his time to go
Why we were nearly lovers years ago
Now what is left for me
Among the broken branches of the family tree

Heart like an anchor, arms like cable
He stood all alone on an iron turntable
Don't let them see you crying that way, oh no

The sun beats down, it's cracking the flags
Boys who should know better are stamping out fags
Don't let them see you laughing that way

(Chorus)

Oh no, Joe Porterhouse is not gone forever
He'll be back another day
Don't let them see you crying that way

Joe Porterhouse
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
Produced byClive Langer & Alan Winstanley
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
Maurice Worm (a.k.a. Steve Nieve) - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
see Goodbye Cruel World credits for possible additional musicians
RecordedFebruary 1984, SARM West Studios, London
ReleasedJune 18, 1984
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World, 1984
Length3:29

First known performance:
February 14, 1984, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Last known performance:
October 29, 1984, London, England
     (9 known performances)


Alternate versions

Joe Porterhouse (Demo)
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Recorded1983, unknown location
ReleasedJuly 26, 2004
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Length3:19


see also: (I Love You) When You Sleep

Goodbye Cruel WorldGCW album cover large.jpg

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Chords

      Bm                    E
The children sat upon the stairs
 A     D      A         D       
High above a valley of tears 
 Bm                     E           A     D
Don't let them see you crying that way oh no 

Bm         E
Oh no Joe Porterhouse
A              D
Is not gone forever
          A            D
He'll be back another day
 Bm                     E           A
Don't let them see you crying that way

Chorus:
  D               D/G D/F# D/G  D
Please don't wake him let him sleep
D         D/G D/F# D/G D
It's a moment she can keep
 D           D/G D/F#  D/G D      Am
Like an old bus tick - et  or a photograph
 D              D/G  D/F#   D/G
Resting on the man - tle - piece 
       D               D/G D/F# D/G D
While for the wicked there is   no peace 
     D
She says it's not his time to go 
                           Am        Am Bm C
Why we were nearly lovers years ago
 Am  Bm      C       A
Now what is left for me 
  D         Em   Fm       D       G       g f# Em
Among the broken branches of the family tree 

A D

Heart like an anchor 
Arms like cable 
He stood all alone on an iron turntable 
Don't let them see you crying that way oh no 
The sun beats down 
It's cracking the flags 
Boys who should know better 
Are stamping out fags 
Don't let them see you laughing that way

Chorus 

Oh no Joe Porterhouse 
Is not gone forever 
He'll be back another day
Don't let them see you crying that way 

a b Am(/C) (repeat and fade)

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