No Dancing

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Oh I know that she
Has made a fool of him
Like girls have done so many nights before
Time and time again
Life is so strange
I don't know why
But somebody, somebody has to cry
There's gonna be no dancing when they get home

There's gonna be no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing when they get home

Now he's telling her
Every little thing he's done
Once he glanced at the jackets of some paperbacks
Now he's read every one
He's such a drag
He's not insane
It's just that everybody
Has to feel his pain
There's gonna be no dancing when they get home

He's getting down on his knees
He finds that the girl is not so easy to please
Oh oh, after all, his nights were just a paper striptease
She's caught it like some disease

If he says no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing on my own

She can't even speak to him
He can't face her now
He says "Even though I wanna shake your hand
All I ever do is bow.
So now you see
How can it be.
Why can't you give me anythin' but sympathy?"

There's gonna be no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing
There's gonna be no dancing on my own

No Dancing
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byNick Lowe
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, guitar
John McFee - guitar
Sean Hopper - keyboards, backing vocals
Johnny Ciambotti - bass, backing vocals
Mickey Shine - drums
Nick Lowe - backing vocals
Recordedlate 1976-early 1977, Pathway Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 22, 1977
AlbumsMy Aim Is True, 1977
Viva England, 1982 (Spain)
Collections2½ Years, 1993
PromosSelections From My Aim Is True, Spike And All This Useless Beauty, 2001
Length2:41

First known performance:
July 21, 1977, Manchester, England
Last known performance:
June 4, 2015, Southend-on-Sea, England
     (41 known performances)


Alternate versions

No Dancing (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
Length2:57
My Aim Is TrueMAIT UK initial album cover large.jpg

2½ Years2½ Years album cover.jpg

Covers

Tommy Lee James - with The Long Players performed live, My Aim Is True tribute show, 2006-01-13, Nashville 2006 TheLongPlayers.com
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2013 YouTube

Chords

Tabbed by Roy M. Randall

        D                       A
Oh, I know that she has made a fool of him,
                 D
Like girls have done so many nights before,
          A
Time and time again.
              D                    A
Life is so strange.  I don't know why,
         D                     Gm
But somebody, somebody has to cry.
                D      A           G          D
There's gonna be no dancing when they get home.

                G      A
There's gonna be no dancing, no,
                G      A
There's gonna be no dancing,
                G      A                   Bb    D
There's gonna be no dancing when they get home.


Now he's telling her ev'ry little thing he's done.
Once he glanced at the jackets of some paperbacks.
Now he's read ev'ry one.
He's such a drag.  He's not insane.
It's just that ev'rybody has to feel his pain.
There's gonna be no dancing when they get home.

Bb
He's getting down on his knees.
Dm                 Bb                            Dm
He finds that the girl is not so easy to please, oh, oh.
 Bb                                F
After all, his nights were just a paper striptease.
      A7sus4                   A7
She's caught it like some disease.
           Tacit
If he says no dancing, there's gonna be no dancing,
                   G    A         Bb   D
There's gonna be no dancing on my own.


She can't even speak to him.  He can't face her now.
He says, "Even though I wanna shake your hand,
All I ever do is bow.
So now you see how it can be.
Why can't you give me ev'rything but sympathy?
                D      A
There's gonna be no dancing,
                D      A
There's gonna be no dancing,
                Bb     F
There's gonna be no dancing,
                Bb     F
There's gonna be no dancing
                Bb     F
There's gonna be no dancing
                Bb     F          Eb    D
There's gonna be no dancing on my own.

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