Bitter Fingers

Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Available on the Album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy


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I'm going on the circuit, I'm doing all the          clubs
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And I really need a song boys to stir those workers up
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And get their wives to sing it with me just like in the         pubs
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When I worked the good old pubs in Stepney

Oh could you knock a line or two together for a friend
Sentimental tear inducing with a happy end
And we need a tune to open our season at Southend
                    Esus4  G  C/E  Cm/Eb  C/E
Can you help us

F                                     C/G   G
It's hard to write a song with bitter fingers
C                                  Am          Amb5 Am  F
So much to prove, so few to tell you why
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Those old die-hards in Denmark Street start laughing
            C                                    Am            Amb5 Am Dm
At the keyboard player's hollow haunted eyes

It seems to me a change is really needed
F                                   C/G      Cm/F#  C/G  F
I'm sick of tra-la-las and la-de-das
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No more long days hacking hunks of garbage
           C                                   E                    E7
Bitter fingers never swung on swinging stars, swinging stars

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I like the warm blue flame, the hazy heat it             brings
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It loosens up     the muscles and forces you to sing
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You know it's just another hit and run from the tin pan alley twins

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And there's a chance that one day you might write a           standard lads
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So churn them out         quick and fast and we'll still pat your backs
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`Cause we need what we can get to launch another      dozen acts
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Are                   you working