Oliver's Army
1978
gbElvis Costello
AA7B7CC#7DD7E7EmF#mG
11 chords used in this song

This arrangement of "Oliver's Army" is in the key of G, a tone down from the key of Elvis Costello's version, A. Note that the key moves up a tone after the bridge from G to A. In the original key this would give us some difficult chords (B, E, Eb7, F#7, G#m).

In the original recording the start of the chorus "Oliver's Army" coincides with the end of the verse "occupation", which is obviously not possible for a solo performer to sing. Therefore we do a turn to C (IV) then D7 (V7) before the chorus. The same pattern is used in the original recording after the third verse. Alternatively you can cram "yourself an occupation", as in the version by Spunge.

These are the lyrics published on Elvis Costello's web site. Some versions have "Than here today" rather than "But here today" in the chorus.

GCD7
GCD7
G
GDon't start me talking
CD7
CI could D7talk all night
G
GMy mind goes sleepwalking
CB7Em
CWhile I'm B7putting the world to Emright
A7
Called careers A7information
EmA7D7GCD7
EmHave you got yourA7self an D7occuGpation? CD7
GCD7
GOliver's army is Chere to D7stay
GCD7
GOliver's army are Con their D7way
GDEmGC
GAnd DI would Emrather be Ganywhere Celse
D7GCD7
But D7here toGday C D7
G
GThere was a checkpoint Charlie
CD7
CHe didn't D7crack a smile
G
GBut it's no laughing party
CB7Em
CWhen you've been B7on the murder Emmile
A7
Only takes one A7itchy trigger
EmA7D7
EmOne more widow, one A7less white D7nigger
GCD7
GOliver's army is Chere to D7stay
GCD7
GOliver's army are Con their D7way
GDEmGC
GAnd DI would Emrather be Ganywhere Celse
D7GCD7
But D7here toGday CD7
Bridge
F#mE7
F#mHong Kong is E7up for grabs
DC#7
DLondon is C#7full of Arabs
B7E7
B7We could be in E7Palestine
DE7
DOverrun by a E7Chinese line
DE7
With the Dboys from the Mersey and the E7Thames and the Tyne
A
ABut there's no danger
DE7A
DIt's a proE7fessional carAeer
A
AThough it could be arranged
DC#7F#m
DWith just a word in C#7Mister Churchill's F#mear
B7F#m
If you're out of B7luck you're out of F#mwork
B7E7ADE7
We could send you B7to JoE7hannesAburg DE7
ADE7
AOliver's army is Dhere to E7stay
ADE7
AOliver's army are Don their E7way
AF#mD
AAnd I would F#mrather be anywhere Delse
E7A
But E7here toAday
AF#mD
AAnd I would F#mrather be anywhere Delse
E7A
But E7here toAday
AF#mD
AAnd I would F#mrather be anywhere Delse
E7A
But E7here toAday
ADE7
AOh oh oh Doh E7Oh oh oh
ADE7
AOh oh oh Doh E7Oh oh oh
ADE7A
AOh oh oh Doh E7Oh oh oh A
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