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I don't wanna kiss you
I don't wanna touch
I don't wanna see you
'Cause I don't miss you that much
I'm not a telephone junkie
I told you that we were just good friends
But when I hold you like I hold that bakelite in my hands
There's no action
There's no action
There's no action
Everytime I phone you, I just wanna put you down

He's got the keys to the car
They are the keys to the kingdom
He's got everything you need
It's a shame that he didn't bring them
I'm not a telephone junkie
If I'm inserting my coin I'm doing just fine
And the things in my head start hurtin' my mind
And I think about the way things used to be
Knowing you're with him is driving me crazy
Sometimes I phone you when I know you're not lonely
But I always disconnect it in time
There's no action
There's no action
There's no action
Everytime I phone you, I just wanna put you
Everytime I phone you, I just wanna put you
Everytime I phone you, I just wanna put you down

There's no action
There's no action
There's no action
Everytime I phone you, I just wanna put you down

No Action
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
Rock And Roll Music, 2007
PromosOur Aim Is True, 1978
Selections From This Year's Model - Blood & Chocolate - Brutal Youth, 2002
Length2:01

First known performance:
July 21, 1977, Manchester, England
Last known performance:
July 19, 2016, Belfast, Northern Ireland
     (208 known performances)


Alternate versions

No Action (Early Version)
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Andrew Bodnar - bass
Steve Goulding - drums
RecordedMay 1977, Pathway Studios, London
ReleasedAugust 21, 2001
AlbumsMy Aim Is True (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2001
My Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition, 2007
PromosSelections From My Aim Is True, Spike, And All This Useless Beauty, 2001
Length2:15

No Action (Live 1977)
Performed byElvis Costello & The Attractions
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Steve Nieve - keyboards
Bruce Thomas - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedAugust 7, 1977, London, England
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2007
AlbumsMy Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition, 2007
Length2:31

No Action (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
Length2:28
This Year's ModelTYM album cover large.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

My Aim Is TrueMAIT UK initial album cover large.jpg

Rock And Roll MusicRock And Roll Music album cover.jpg

Covers

The Acro-Brats Kicking & Screaming 2002 AllmusicAmazon
Camden Rai-Jin (bonus CD) 2004 Discogs
Candypants performed live, Knitting Factory tribute, 2003-03-27 2003 info
Cracklin' Oat Band live, Blarney Stone, Clairemont, 2003-02-03 2003 info needed
The Glenn Robinsons Miscellaneous Songs 2010 Bandcamp.com
Grand Champeen Almost You: The Songs Of Elvis CostelloVarious Artists 2003 AllmusicAmazonAmazon.uk
The Lapdancers Popsquad Presents 1978Various Artists 1999 info
Chris Maher performed live, 2002-08-21, The Pyramid Club, New York City 2002 info needed
The Muffs Hamburger 1999 AllmusicDiscogsAmazon
The Muffs More Bounce To The OunceVarious Artists 1997 Discogs
The Muffs Under The Covers: Classic Lookout! Records Cover SongsVarious Artists 2008 Amazon
MxPx Before You Were Punk, Vol. 2Various Artists 1999 AllmusicAmazon
Nada Surf performed live, Pine Street Theater, Portland, OR 2000 info needed
Oliver's Army (Dallas) performed live, Dallas-area Costello tribute band 2003- OliversArmyBand
Phantom Planet Connect Set 2005 AllmusicWikipedia
Pipe Slowboy 1997 AllmusicAmazon
Pure Country Gold performed live, 2007-06-21, Portland, Oregon 2007 info
Chris Richards + the Subtractions That Covers That​.​.​. 2009 Bandcamp.com
Glenn Robinson Total Fiasco 2013 Amazon
The Reducers performed live website
The Retreads performed live, Tonic Ball 2 Indianapolis 2003-11-21 2003 info needed
The Revelers performed live, The Distillery 1997 link
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube
Sugarcult Start Static  [Bonus tracks] 2003 AllmusicAmazon

Chords

 Tacet					      E  B
I don't wanna kiss you. I don't wanna touch.
E			        B			   E	  B
I don't wanna see you 'cause I don't miss you that much.
	  A	      E	 
I'm not a telephone junkie.
   A	    E		A     E	    B
I told you that we were just good friends.
	     A 	          E          A          E        A	E    B			
But when I hold you like I hold that bakelite in my hands,

                   E		B
There's no action,
	      C#m	G#m	
there's no action, 
	      A		F#m	
there's no action.
B	      E        B		        A/E E/B B	
Everytime I phone you, I just wanna put you down.

E			                 B			   E	  B
He's got the keys to the car. They are the keys to the kingdom.
             E			     B			         E	  	B
He's got ev’rything you need. It's a shame that he didn't bring them.
	  A	       E	      	   A                 E 	A       E     B	
I'm not a telephone junkie. If I'm inserting my coin I'm doing just fine.
	  A	        E	      	 A        E    B	
And the things in my head start hurtin' my mind.
         A 	         E                A         E 
And I think about the way things used to be,
A	                   E         A              E			
Knowing you're with him is driving me crazy.
A                  E                         A                       E    
Sometimes I phone you when I know you're not lonely,
        F#m                             B  
But I always disconnect it in time.

There's no action, 
there's no action, 
there's no action.
Ev’rytime I phone you, I just wanna put you, 
Ev’rytime I phone you, I just wanna put you, 
Ev’rytime I phone you, I just wanna put you down.

There's no action, there's no action, there's no action.
Everytime I phone you, I just wanna put you down

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