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Capo 5th fret 
G  C  G  Em  Em 
           G                              C      G 
On a warm night in March on a dark disco floor 
I danced up a storm like I'd never before 
            C                  D         G 
Every step in the book and then some that weren't listed 
Am                                        Em             D 
For a song or two I felt nothing else existed 

G                              C         G 
Now if a dream curled at your feet you'd take it home and name it 
I'm struggling now to find something to blame it on 
C             D              G 
Strobing effects or perhaps it was that dress 
Am                                         Em            D 
But my eye was captured by a beautiful actress 

            G            C            G 
Now the minutiae's still my memory writ large 
As she danced nearer me with her coy entourage 
C                  D                  G 
She tugged at the scarf round her neck it came loose 
Am                                 C               G            G 
She flung it and hung it from the disc jockey's booth 

         C            D        Em               C 
But before I continue one moments reprieve 
C                              G  
I grant you dear audience a chance to leave 
      C            D             Em        C 
For my tale never ends in that it never started 
C                                              D  
When the house lights came on I'd already departed 

G                                     C            G 
No not one word was spoken nor a glance exchanged  
When the sun rose next morning the world hadn't changed 
      C            D            G  
See we only touched elbows is the plain naked truth 
Am                              C           G                   G 
And I can't even back up my story with proof 

Gm                              C            G 
We only touched elbows, felt our bones clunk together 
Then the moment was over in a falling feather 
C            D            G 
An accident sure but it happened I'll wrangle 
Am                              Em                  Em        Em               D 
Our elbows did touch our arms at right angles 

            G                  C            G 
Now there's naught the nosey observer could've guessed 
But the rock and roll drummer inside of my chest 
C                  D                       G  
Everyone's seen her films and I'll whisper her name 
      Am                        C               G 
That we only touched elbows is not such a shame 

               C            D            Em              C 
For the world's getting crowded and I can't see a lapse 
C                                    G 
It's not about leaving spaces but filling the gaps 
             C            D           Em            C 
We're all bumping and knocking strangers all the time 
C                                             D 
Sometimes we don't notice, mostly we don't mind 

G                  C            G 
A foot brushes your ankle on a peak hour bus 
Someone's hand on the small of your back as they pass 
C           D               G 
A shopkeepers fingers while handing you change 
 Am                                              Em                  D 
Can lightly brush yours without feeling too strange  

            G                  C      G 
But why I felt so alive I can't quite determine 
There could be a word to explain it in German 
      C            D        G 
Some take others home waking up to regret it 
Am                                    Em         
We only touched elbows and I'll never forget it 

D   G   C        G   

C    G   Em    Em    

C    D    G      

Am   Am    Em     D 

G   C  G   Em  Em  

C   D  G   Am  

Em  Em 
            G            C            G 
Now the innocent DJ still spins his black moons 
Em                                    Em 
And keeps us all moving with his faithful tunes 
C             D                  G 
And the lights nod in synch, they're mechanically powered 
Am                                   C            G 
We only touched elbows and I still haven't showered
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