She Loves The Jerk

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We've talked it to death, crying on the telephone
Nights when he drinks at home, she has to whisper through the tears
"Darling," she says, "you'd never do these things to me"
But I can never make her see he's wasted such precious years
"You married the wrong guy" is all I ever say

He's a no good so and so
But she'll never let him go
Though she knows it'll never work
She loves the jerk
She loves the jerk

He was the guy always out on the make
I guess he had what it takes to turn the heads of pretty girls
She thought he would change, the worst of us will settle down
But he couldn't stay out of town, not even for this precious pearl
Now she lives with the lies and the bumps and the bruises

He's a no good so and so
But she'll never let him go
Though she knows it'll never work
She loves the jerk
She loves the jerk

I hang up the phone and I pretend she's in my arms
What I wouldn't give for just one-tenth of what she gives Mister Charming

He's a no good so and so
But she'll never let him go
Though she knows it'll never work
She loves the jerk
She loves the jerk
She loves the jerk
She loves the jerk
She loves the jerk

She Loves The Jerk (Demo)
Written byJohn Hiatt
Performed byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
RecordedDecember 1983, Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 26, 2004
AlbumsGoodbye Cruel World (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Length3:09

First known performance:
December 22, 1983, London, England (late show)
Last known performance:
March 31, 1985, London, England
     (4 known performances)


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Chords

G
       G
We've talked it to death
                    Am
Crying on the telephone
                          C
Nights when he drinks at home
     D/F#                       G     Am D
She has to whisper through the tears

f# G
“Darling,” she says,
                             Am
“You never do these things to me”
                          C
But I could never make her see
      D/F#                 Em  E
He's wasted such precious years

      Am                       D/F#        G
“You married the wrong guy” is all I ever say
               E
He's a no-good so-and-so
Am                /g#
 But she'll never let him go
            /g                D                   G         
Though she knows it'll never work, she loves the jerk
C/G             G   Am D/A
 She loves the jerk

G
He was the guy
                   Am
Always out on the lake
                        C
I guess he had what it takes
    D/F#                     G    Am D/A
To turn the heads of pretty girls

      G
She thought he would change
                             Am
The worst of us will settle down
                             C/G
But he couldn't stay out of town
    D/F#                    Em  E
Not even for this precious pearl

         Am                          D/F#               
Now she lives with the lies and the bumps and the bruises
G               E
 He's a no-good so-and-so
Am                /g#
 But she'll never let him go
            /g                D                   G
Though she knows it'll never work, she loves the jerk
C/G             G    G7
 She loves the jerk

C/G             D/F#          B7/F#           Em
I hang up the phone and I pretend she's in my arms
C/G               B7/F#             Em                D/F#             E
 What I wouldn't give for just one tenth of what she gives Mr. Charming

A               F#
 He's a no-good so-and-so
Bm                /bb
 But she'll never let him go
             Bm(/F#)          E                   A
Though she knows it'll never work, she loves the jerk
D               A
 She loves the jerk
D               A
 She loves the jerk
D               A
 She loves the jerk
D               A
 She loves the jerk

D  A

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