Almost Blue

Words & Music by:

Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus (Elvis Costello)


Am   Am/G#     Am/G      Am/F#     Dm9  E+

[1st note = E]


Am     Am/G#  Am/G           Bm7-5 E7     Am         Am/G#  Am/G

Almost blue---------, almost doing things we used to do.

          Bm7-5     E7        C      F    E D

There's a girl here and she's almost you, almost...

Am      Adim                                C Bb         A

All the things that your eyes once promised I see in hers, too.

A                 Dm       Bm7-5  E+   Am   B7   Am

Now your eyes are red from cry----ing, al---most blue.


F             Bm7-5         C        C#dim

Flirting with this disaster became me.

Dm          Bm7-5           E

It named me as the fool who only aimed to be...


Almost blue, it's almost touching, it will almost do.

There's a part of me that's always true, always...

Not all good things come to an end, now, it is only a chosen few.

                 Dm   Bm7-5 E+

I have seen such an unhappy couple.

Am           Bm7-5         Am

Almost me... Almost you... Almost blue...



Vocal line for this song is sung freely, but the guitar keeps a steady swing ballad beat – usually two beats per chord.  Listen to the record (Elvis Costello's Spike) to get his inflection.


Dm9   = 1 0 0 2 1 0

Bm7-5 = x 2 3 2 3 x  or:  7 5 7 x 6 5  or:  x 2 0 2 0 1

Bb6   = x 1 3 3 3 3

Adim  = x 0 4 5 4 5

C#dim = X X 2 3 2 3

E+    = x 3 2 1 1 0  or:  x x 2 1 1 0


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