Wm. Pollock's Pianobook


Elvis Costello

STRANGE CHORDS : (On piano from bottom note up)

Faug5(2nd inv.) = C# F A
Fmaj(2nd inv.) = C F A 
Gmaj(1st inv.) = B D G
Amin(add6 3rd.inv.) = F# A C E

C F Emin G (over and over)

      C           F             Emin    Dmin.
Is it all in that pretty little head of yours?
     C               F            Emin    Dmin.
What goes on in that place in the dark?
       C              F        Emin         G
Well I used to know a girl and I would have sworn 
         F        G         C
that her name was Veronica

(same chord pattern for this and all subsequent verses - listen to
the CD to get the sync with words right)

Well she used to have a carefree mind of her 
own and a delicate look in her eye
These days I'm afraid she's not even sure if her name is Veronica

       Dmin.              Faug5(2nd inv.)
Do you suppose, that waiting hands on eyes,

Fmaj(2nd inv.) Gmaj(1st inv.)
Veronica has   gone to hide?

    Dmin.            Faug5(2nd inv.)     Fmaj(2nd inv.)
And all the time she laughs at those who shout

             Gmaj(1st inv.)
her name and steal her clothes


Amin(add6 3rd.inv.)

("Veronica" in background with the progression of G F Emin D 
leading back to verse)

Did the days drag by? Did the favours wane?
  Did he roam down the town all the time?
Will you wake from your dream, with a wolf at
  the door, reaching out for Veronica
Well it was all of sixty-five years ago
When the world was the street where she lived
And a young man sailed on a ship in the sea
With a picture of Veronica

       Amin.               Fmin.
On the "Empress of India"

Bb                                  C
And as she closed her eyes upon the world and

Amin.                                Fmin.
picked upon the bones of last week's news

She spoke his name outloud again


Veronica sits in her favourite chair 
  and she sits very quiet and still
And they call her a name that they never get
  right and if they don't then nobody else will
But she used to have a carefree mind of her
  own, with devilish look in her eye
Saying "You can call me anything you like, but
  my name is Veronica"


G F Emin. Dmin. C 

This transcription is copyright Jeff Lawrence ,
1995, and cannot be retransmitted or copied without this entire 
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