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I Want You

Elvis Costello

    A        E    A                    A7         E
Oh... my baby baby I love you more than I can tell
  A                 A7       D  
I don't think I can live without you
    A             E7    A
And I know that I never will
A     E    A                     A7           E
Oh my baby baby I want you so it scares me to death
  A            A7        D
I can't say anymore than "I love you"
 A                   E7       F#m (5?)
Everything else is a waste of breath

Em     G
I want you
       C                B7           
You've had your fun you don't 
    Em
get well no more

       G
I want you
     C              B                      ...
Your fingernails go dragging down the wall

   B7      C       C         B 
be careful darling you might fall


Em     G      
I want you
C              B            Em
I woke up and one of us was crying

  G
I want you
     C                B7                Em
You said "Young man I do believe you're dying"

       G
I want you
       C              B7                    Em     
If you need a second opinion as you seem to do these days..
        C             B                      B
You can look in-to my eyes and you can count the ways

B   C   C   B
 
Em         G
    I want you
        C               B                    Em
Did you mean to tell me but seem to forget.

       G 
I want you
      C                B                Em         
Since when were you so generous and inarticulate

       G
I want you
         C              B                Em             G
It's the stupid details that my heart is breaking for...
         C                  B                      Em          G
It's the way your shoulders shake and what they're shaking for
     C               B                        Em
It's knowing that he knows you now after only guessing
       G
I want you
         C              B  -----?             
It's the thought of him undressing you on you undressing

B C C B

Em          G     
     I want you
   C                 B
He tossed some tatty compliment your way
Em         G
    I want you
    C             B                 .................pause
And you were fool enough to love it when he said

Em        
"I want you"
       G
I want you
    C           B                           Em
The truth can't hurt you it's just like the dark
                G
It scares you witless
       C        B                    Em                 
But in time you see things clear and stark
       G
I want you
   C      B                         Em
Go on and hurt me when we'll let it drop
       G
I want you
    C              B             Em
I'm afraid I won't know where to stop
       G
I want you
    C              B
I'm not ashamed to say (that) I cried for you
       G
I want you
  C       B                            Em
I want to know the things you did that we do too
  G   
I want you
  C               B                       Em
I want to hear he pleases you more than I do
       G
I want you
  C                B                  Em      
I might as well be useless for all it means to you
       G
I want you
C                  B              Em
  Did you call his name out as he held you down
       G
I want you
   C               B                 Em      
Oh no my darling       not with that clown
       G
I want you
       C                 B                      Em      (orig: says hold the B)
ou've had your fun (and   now) you don't get well no more
       G
I want you
   C       B               Em
No-one who wants you could want you more
  G
I want you
C     B                      Em             G
Ev'ry night when I go off to bed and when I wake up
  C     B
......I want you...
Em
          G
   I want you
    C               B                 Em
I'm going to say it once again 'til I instill it
  G      C              B                          Em            
       I know I'm going to feel this way until you kill it
G ....  C .... B
I want you