Wm. Pollock's Pianobook

Watching the Detectives

Elvis Costello

Nice girls, not one with a defect
Cellophane shrink wrap, so correct
Am                      F
Red dogs under illegal legs
Am                                      F
She looks so good that he gets down and begs

She is watching the detectives
"Ooh, he's so cute"
Watching the detectives
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When they shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
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They beat him up until the teardrops start
                                        C    G
But he can't be wounded cos he's got no heart

Long shot of that jumping sign
Visible shivers running down my spine
Cut to baby taking off her clothes
Close up of the sign that says, "We never close"

You snatch a tune, you match a cigarette
She pulls the eyes out with a face like a magnet
I don't know how much more of this I can take
She's filing her nails while they're dragging the lake


You think you're alone, until you realize you're in it
Now fear is here to stay, love is here for a visit
They call it instant justice when it's past the legal limit
Someones scratching at the door, I wonder who is it?
The detectives come to check if you belong to the parents
Who are ready to hear the worst about their daughter's disappearance
Though it nearly took a miracle to get you to stay
It only took my little fingers to blow you away

C            G
...Just like watching the detectives,
Don't get cute
Watching the detectives,
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I get so angry when the teardrops start
F                                       C
But he can't be wounded cos he's got no heart

G                         C
Watching the detectives,
Watching the detectives