• Song:

    Olivers Army

  • Artist:

    Elvis Costello

  • Album:

    The Man: The Best of El...

A5                               D5        E5
Don't start me talking, I could talk all night.
A5                                         D5          C#5
My mind goes sleepwalking while I'm putting the world to right.
F#5                  B5                 F#5                           B5       E5     A5
Called careers information.  Have you got yourself an occupation?
        D5       E5      A5                 D5        E5
Army is here to stay.  Oliver's Army are on their way.

A5       A5    F#5          A5            D5     D5 E5         A5    D5 D5 E5 E5
  And I would rather be anywhere else but   here today.
A5                                                 D5              E5
There was a checkpoint Charlie, he didn't crack a smile.
A5                                      D5                            C#5
But it's no laughing party when you've been on the murder mile.
F#5                   B5                   F#5                            B5               E5
Only takes one itchy trigger, one more widow one less white nigger.

( D5 E5 E5 )

G#5                 F#5                  E5                D#5
  Hong Kong is up for grabs;  London is full of Arabs.
C#5                       F#5             E5                       F#5
   We could be in Palestine, overrun by the Chinese line
              E5                                                F#5
with the boys from the Mersey and the Thames and the Tyne.
B5                                   E5             F#5               B5
But there's no danger.  It's a professional career,
                                              E5                            D#5                 G#5
though it could be arranged with just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear.
                        C#5                         G#5
If you're out of luck you're out of work
                           C#5     F#5            B5      E5  F#5
We could send you to Johannesburg
B5                        E5           F#5     B5                           E5           F#5
Oliver's Army is here to stay  Oliver's Army are on their way.
B5       B5    G#5         B5           E5     E5 F#5       B5
  and I would rather be anywhere else than here today (3 times)
B5                   E5 E5   F#5
     Oh oh oh oh___    Oh oh oh______
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