Elvis Costello - Imagination Chords

 
         
         
         
         
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Standard guitar tuning:
E
A
D
G
B
E
No capo

Intro

2x):

Em

D

G

D

e---12-12-12-12-12-10------------7-7-7-7-7-10-|
B---12-12-12-12-12-10------------8-8-8-8-8-10-|
G---12-12-12-12-12-11------------7-7-7-7-7-11-|
SDo you're trying to make connection, you heard whisperGs in the hall SDhe'll bFme out agaiBmn this evening, whenD you coD7me aroundG to call SDo, you doFmdge the laBmdy-killer, who cameD creepin' 'cross thBe floor TDhe you Fmcaught upBm in a whirlwind, you Dgot blown rD7ight out Gthe door ODh, yes it wasFm a whirlBmwind, sweet romance was Don your side B IDf you wanna daGnce on my face, you must tell me why you lied IDmagiFmnationBm is a powerfuGl deceiverD WFmhen you trBmy to believe herC just a littGle too much IDmagiFmnationBm is a powerfGul deceiverD IG'll go out Dof my mind, ifG I'm losing Dyour touch ID see a look of recognition, so well hidden inG your eye ADnd your peepshowFm regulatBmions, they just don't seDem to apply,D7 G WDell, did IFm see you inBm the circus, in the ringD without a hand B NDow you think thatFm you can cuBmrse us, steal the show and stop Dthe band D7 G ODh, you cFman followBm your dreams, oh but please don'Dt lead me on, B IDf you wanna bleedG in my face, you were here and now you're gone IDmagiFmnationBm is a powerfuGl deceiverD WFmhen you tBmry to believe heCr just a litGtle too much IDmagiFmnationBm is a powerfuGl deceiverD IG'll go out Dof my mind, ifG I'm losing Dyour touch

D

Note: This is the way I play the song; his chords might actually be different, but the basic sound and changes are the same. Instr. Intro.:

D E

G A

D E

A E

SEo you're trying to make connection, you heard whispersA in the hall SEhe'll be out again this evening, when you come arAound to call SEo, you dodge the lady-killer, who came creepin' 'cross thCe floor TEhen you caught up in a whirlwind, you got blown right oAut the door OAh, yes it was a whirlwind, sweet romance was on your side IEf you wanna daAnce on my face, youD must tell me why Ayou lied IEmaginaAtion is a powerful deceivEer WAhen you try to beDlieve her juAst a little too much IEmagination is a powerful deceiEver IA'll go out ofD my mind, if EI'm losing your touch

D E

G A

D E

A E

IE see a look of recognition, so well hidden inA your eye AEnd your peepshow regulations, they just don't seeAm to apply, WEell, did I see you in the circus, in the ring withouCt a hand NEow you think that you can curse us, steal the show and stoAp the band OEh, you can follow your dreams, oh but please don't lead mAe on, IEf you wanna blAeed in my face, youD were here and now Ayou're gone IEmaginatAion is a powDerful deceiverE WAhen you try to beliDeve her jusAt a little too much IEmaginaAtion is a powDerful deceiveEr IA'll go out of Dmy mind, if IE'm losing your touch IA'll go out of Dmy mind, if IE'm losing your touch IA'll go out of Dmy mind, if IE'm losing your touch Note2: Some of the accents on the chords might be a little off; when I converted the document, it messed up the format, and I don't have my guitar handy. Enjoy! I hate to say this, and I don't want to sound ungrateful for someone's efforts, but the chords listed for the song "Imagination..." are way, WAY oversimplified. If you had to play this song with just E, A, D, G, and C chords, I suppose these versions would do...but the progressions are far more involved than that. WEell, did I see you in the circus, in the ring withouCt a hand NEow you think that you can curse us, steal the show and stoAp the band ***The way I hear it: WAell, did I see you in the Ecircus, in the ring without a hCand NAmow you think that yoCmu can curse us, stealBm the show E7and stop tAhe band ***Posted version: IEmaginatAion is a powDerful deceiverE WAhen you try to beliDeve her jusAt a little too much IEmaginaAtion is a powDerful deceiveEr IA'll go out of Dmy mind, if IE'm losing your touch ***The way I hear it: IEmagBinatCmion is E/Ba powerfAul deceiver E WAmhen you trCmy to believe her jDust a little Atoo much IAmmaginatiCmon is a poweArful deceivEer IA'll go out Eof my mind, if AI'm losing yoEur touch There are far too many D chords in the posted version -- the only time there's actually a D chord is in the chorus ("...a little too much"), and I can't find a G chord in the whole song to save me. Subject: "real" chords to Imagination Status: R After seeing a couple of posting regarding the chords to Imagination I decided to try my hand at figuring them out because neither of the versions I saw worked. I don't know if the writers guitars were out of tune or what, but they definately are not the chords that EC is playing on the recording. So at the risk of being severly flamed I will post my version of the chords. I don't think they are perfect by any means, but if you play these chords along with the recording at least it will sound like the same song. So yoDu're trying to make connection, you heard whispers in theG hall She'lDl be out agFmain this eveniBmng, when you come aroundD to call Dm G So, yDou dodge the Fmlady-killer, wBmho came creepin' 'crossD the floor B The yDou caught uFmp in a whirlwBmind, you got blown right Dout the door Dm G Oh, yDes it was a whirlwind, sweet romance was Bon your side If yoDu wanna dance on my face, you mustG tell me why you lied ImagiDnation iFms a powerfBmul deceiver G D When Fmyou try to beliBmeve her just a littleC too much G ImagiDnation iFms a powerfBmul deceiver G D I'll Ggo out of my miDnd, if I'm losing Gyour touch D Then the second part is the same as the first, except for the ending. The weird thing about this song is that while it sounds like it doesn't flow right on the recording, when you are playing and singing the tune it sounds perfect, and it's tons of fun to play. If these chords work for you, experiment with adding in the bass line, you will find that much of the bass line can be played without having to use alternate fingerings for the chords. Enjoy