Details

Author
Robyn Hitchcock
Versions
Shatter Mix

Albums

Title Artist Label Type Year
Queen Elvis Robyn Hitchcock 'n' The Egyptians A&M Records Authorized 1989
One Long Pair of Eyes Robyn Hitchcock 'n' The Egyptians A&M Records Promo 1989
Give It To The Thoth Boys Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians Fan Club release 1993
Storefront Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock MGM Authorized 1997
Luminous Groove Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Yep Roc Authorized 2008
Luminous Groove Box Set sampler Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians Yep Roc Promo 2008
Gotta Let This Hen Out! Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Yep Roc Authorized 2008

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock Metro Chicago Illinois US July 17, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Town and Country Club London England UK November 01, 1991
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians El Mocambo Toronto Ontario Canada February 10, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock 9:30 Club Washington DC US December 27, 1995
Robyn Hitchcock 9:30 Club Washington DC US November 13, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock 8 X 10 Club Baltimore Maryland US March 05, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Roxy Los Angeles California US May 31, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Lisner Auditorium George Washington University Washington DC US June 14, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Mein Batschkapp Frankfurt Germany November 20, 1991
Robyn Hitchcock Auditorium Flog Florence Italy March 04, 1994
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Vic Theatre Chicago Illinois US February 14, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock Bluebird Café Nashville Tennessee US February 22, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Largo Los Angeles California US June 20, 1998
Robyn Hitchcock Flamingo's Bar & Grill Knoxville Tennessee US February 23, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock 40 Watt Club Athens Georgia US February 24, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Point Atlanta Georgia US February 25, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Cat's Cradle Carrboro North Carolina US March 03, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Milestones Rochester New York US March 07, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Park West Clifton Park New York US March 08, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock House of Blues Chicago Illinois US May 21, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Shank Hall Milwaukee Wisconsin US May 23, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Magic Stick Detroit Michigan US May 22, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis Minnesota US May 24, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Melarkey's Sacramento California US June 03, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Sweetwater Mill Valley California US June 02, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Wow Hall Eugene Oregon US June 05, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Princess Charlotte Leicester England UK December 06, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Jazz Cafe Camden England UK November 20, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Backstage Seattle Washington US June 07, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock TT the Bear's Cambridge Massachusetts US March 21, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Raoul's Portland Maine US March 20, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US March 19, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US December 06, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Coach House San Juan Capistrano California US November 09, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Vogue Theater Vancouver British Columbia Canada November 05, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK August 20, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Coach House San Juan Capistrano California US March 01, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians The Ritz New York New York US February 07, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Lisner Auditorium George Washington University Washington DC US February 01, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Variety Playhouse Atlanta Georgia US January 29, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians University London Union (ULU) London England UK January 17, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Kulturbolaget Malmo Sweden October 28, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Yaki Da Gothenburg Sweden October 27, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Centre Stage Atlanta Georgia US June 09, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Newport Music Hall Columbus Ohio US June 27, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Oakland Coliseum Oakland California US March 14, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Diamond Club Toronto Ontario Canada June 22, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Roseland Theatre Portland Oregon US February 23, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Slim's San Francisco California US February 26, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock Estragon Bologna Italy February 10, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Keswick Theater Glenside Pennsylvania US November 14, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Beacon Theatre New York New York US November 15, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Big Mama Rome Italy February 09, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Showbox Seattle Washington US July 23, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Roseland Theatre Portland Oregon US July 25, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Ogden Theater Boulder Colorado US August 03, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock New Daisy Theater Memphis Tennessee US August 10, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Tramps New York New York US August 18, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Hotel du Nord Paris France June 27, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Hotel du Nord Paris France June 28, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Maxwell's Hoboken New Jersey US December 30, 1990
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Hultsfred Festival Hultsfred Sweden November 08, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock Newport Music Hall Columbus Ohio US July 15, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Royal Oak Theatre Royal Oak Michigan US February 12, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock Storyville Arezzo Italy January 16, 2000
Robyn Hitchcock Circolo Renfe Ferrara Italy January 21, 2000
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Whiskey-A-Go-Go Los Angeles California US September 04, 1991
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Reunion Arena Dallas Texas US March 22, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians The Junction Cambridge England UK August 03, 1993
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Max's on Broadway Baltimore Maryland US January 01, 1991
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Frank Erwin Center Austin Texas US March 21, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians St. Andrew's Hall Detroit Michigan US June 28, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Toad's Place New Haven Connecticut US February 04, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock The Attic Edinburgh Scotland UK August 26, 2000
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Joiners Arms Southampton England UK August 02, 1993
Robyn Hitchcock The CLUNY Newcastle upon Tyne England UK November 22, 2000
Robyn Hitchcock Bommens Salonger Gothenburg Sweden December 25, 2000
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Slim's San Francisco California US February 27, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock Assembly Rooms - The Supper Room Edinburgh Scotland UK August 13, 2002
Robyn Hitchcock Assembly Rooms Edinburgh Scotland UK August 03, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock 100 Club London England UK June 21, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock Club Soda Montreal Quebec Canada October 24, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Moore Theater Seattle Washington US November 06, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Avalon Boston Massachusetts US November 16, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock 12 Bar Club London England UK August 27, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock Dancebase (National Center for Dance), Grassmarket Edinburgh Scotland UK August 22, 2001
Robyn Hitchcock The Palace Los Angeles California US August 01, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Duncan Hall Lafayette Indiana US April 03, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Schuba's Chicago Illinois US March 31, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock TT the Bear's Cambridge Massachusetts US March 29, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Black Cat Washington DC US March 23, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Club Congress Tucson Arizona US March 13, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Club Congress Tucson Arizona US November 03, 2006
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Tramps New York New York US September 12, 1991
Robyn Hitchcock Metro Chicago Illinois US July 18, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Joiners Arms Southampton England UK December 03, 1997
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians HUB Ballroom Seattle Washington US February 22, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Fabs Mercy Lounge Nashville Tennessee US December 06, 2019
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Robyn & Emma's house Nashville Tennessee US June 17, 2020
Robyn Hitchcock Village Underground London England UK February 28, 2013
Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Fabs Aladdin Theater Portland Oregon US October 06, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Fabs Thalia Hall Chicago Illinois US October 10, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Fabs The Bowery Ballroom New York New York US October 12, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Fabs The Basement Nashville Tennessee US November 09, 2018
Nigel and the Crosses Borderline London England UK May 28, 1989
Nigel and the Crosses 7th St. Entry Minneapolis Minnesota US March 08, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Inglewood Forum Los Angeles California US March 15, 1989
Robyn Hitchcock First Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota US November 01, 1996
Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Fabs Neptune Theater Seattle Washington US October 05, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock Slego Rimini Italy February 14, 1999
Robyn Hitchcock Bloom Mezzago Italy February 13, 1999
The Soft Boys Powerhaus London England UK October 17, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock La Zona Rosa Austin Texas US March 18, 2005
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn and Emma's house London England UK September 08, 2021
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Campus Club Providence Rhode Island US February 05, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Iron Horse Northampton Massachusetts US February 06, 1992
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians Avalon Boston Massachusetts US February 08, 1992

Lyrics

There's a justice in this world
And I know just what she's called
She's called Elaine

There's a dead man in your heart
And he takes up too much room
And I know just what he's called
He's called Steve

There's a farmer in the clouds
And he's sowing golden seeds
And he's feeding on your dreams
That's the only thing you need
And I know just what he's called
He's called Ray

I'm starting to freeze
Freeze
Freeze
Freeze

I know who wrote the book of love
It was an idiot
It was a fool
A slobbering fool with a speech defect and a shakin' hand
And he wrote my name
Next to yours
But it should have been David Byrne or somebody

DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG
DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG DOG
DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG
DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG DIG A DOG

There's a justice in this world
She's cruel but she's fair
And I know just what she's called
She's called Elaine

She's called Elaine 

Tablature

GENERAL NOTES:

I tabbed out all the chords for the verses in both the above
versions, and found that not only is the pattern inconsistent
from verse to verse, but that it's inconsistent from one
performance to another.  I say you can do whatever you want
with the verse; Robyn does.

The Queen Elvis version has been slavishly transcribed from
the recording. I started to do the same for Storefront, then
realised how futile it was.   The first verse only of the
Storefront version (third version  below) is transcribed
from the recording.  The rest is cut-and-pasted from the
Queen Elvis version.

An acoustic guitar (not tabbed) comes in at 'I know who wrote
the book of love...' and plays the same chords as guitar2 for
that section until DIG A DOG.  For DIG A DOG and the remainder
of the song, it plays E-major (022100).

PLAYING TECHNIQUE:

Between the actual chords in the verse the beat is kept on the
open 6th string, picking 'down,' and muting the string with the
right hand. 

VOICINGS:

E^ = E7  = X757XX
E' = Em7 = X767XX
E" = D/E = X707XX (just D and E notes, not a chord)

Guitar2 (rhythm) has a wah-wah effect throughout the song.  

E = E major 022100
A = A major X02220
B = B major X2444X

Just before the song starts (on QE) there's a lone, quiet
semisubliminal 079XXX strummed, with a depressed whammy bar
being released. It's untabbed.

QUEEN ELVIS VERSION:

Tab of Guitar1:

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
E^                     E^                  E^                    E'
E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
E^                     E'                   

E^                     E^                   E^                    E'
   There's a justice    in this      worlllllll      -       lllld

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And I know just      what she's    callllllll     -       llled

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
               She's    called       Elainnnnnnn     -       nnnne

E'                     E'                   E^                    E'
   There's a dead man   in your       heaaaaaaaa     -       aaart

E'                                     E'                    E^
   And he takes up      too much      rooooooooo     -       ooooom

E'                                     E^                    E'
   And I know just      what he's     callllllll     -       llled

E'                     E'                   E'                    E'
                              He's called   Steeeeeeee   -  eeeve     

         E'                              

riff on low E string:

0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0
0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0
0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   There's a farmer     in the        clouuuuuuu     -       uuuds

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And he's sowing gol - den         seeeeeeeeee     -       eeeds

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And he's feeding o - on your      dreeeeeeeee     -    eeeeeams  

E^                     E'                   E'                    E^
   That's the only thi - ng you      neeeeeeeeee     -       eeeed

                                    A           
   And I know just      what he's callllllllllllllllled,  He's called 

open 6th string
Rayyy -

E^                     E'                   E^
- yyy                                     I'm starting to

E(022100)           022200               022300            022400
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze

A(X0222X)           X0243X               X0254X            X0265X
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze     
             
open 6th string
Free -

E'                     E'                   E'                    E' -
eze

[guitar2 only]
   I know who wrote the     book of love!...................

[guitar2 only]
......................................It was an idiot!......

[guitar2 only]
...................It was a fool!...........................

[guitar2 only]
...A slobbering fool with a speech defect and a shakin' hand!

[guitar2 only]
.....................And he wrote my name................... 

                                     A(X 7 7 9 10 9)
........................................Next to yours!......

[guitar2 only]
.....................But it should have been David Byrne or somebody!

[guitar2 only]
DOG DIG A 

[guitar2 only.......................................................]
DOG DIG A DOG DIG A    DOG DIG A DOG DIG A  DOG DIG A DOG DIG A   DOG
                                     [DIG A DOG DIG A 

E'                     E'                   E^                    E' DOG
DIG A DOG DIG A    DOG DIG A DOG DIG A  DOG DIG A DOG DIG A   DOG
                                     [DIG A DOG

E'                     E^                   E'                    E^

E'                                     E^                    E'
   There's a justice    in this      worlllllll      -       lllld

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And she's cruel      but she's    faiiiiiii       -       iiiir

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And I know just      what she's    callllllll     -       llled

E'                              

riff on low E string:
0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0        5-h7-p5-p0

                          She's    called       Elainnnnnnnnnnnnne


0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0
0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0

[extended lead solo in E/A(?)]

                                     She's called Elaine

[solo continues until end of song]

Tab of Guitar2:

[guitar1 only.................................................]
[guitar1 only.................................................]

E                                 E          
E                                 E          
E                                 E          
E                                 E          
       There's a justice in this      worlllllll      -       lllld

E                                 E          
       And I know just  what she's    callllllll     -       llled

E                                 E          
                   She's called       Elainnnnnnn     -       nnnne

E                                 E          
      There's a dead man in your       heaaaaaaaa     -       aaart

E                                 E          
      And he takes up      too much      rooooooooo     -    ooooom

E                                 E          
       And I know just  what he's     callllllll     -       llled

E               
                              He's called   Steeeeeeee   -  eeeve     

        [guitar1 only]

E                                 E                 xxx777(harmonics)
       There's a farmer in the        clouuuuuuu     -       uuuds

E                                 E                 xxx555(harmonics)
       And he's sowing golden         seeeeeeeeee     -       eeeds

E                                 E                 xxx555(harmonics)
       And he's feeding o - on your      dreeeeeeeee   -    eeeeeams  

E                                 E          
       That's the only thing you      neeeeeeeeee     -       eeeed

E                                 A                    
       And I know just   what he's callllllllllllllllled,  He's called 

E                                 E
Rayyy -

- yyy                                     I'm starting to

[guitar1 only]
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze

[guitar1 only]
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze     
             
open 6th string
Free -

E                                 E
- eze

E                           B                      
   I know who wrote the     book of love!...................

E                                     A
......................................It was an idiot!......

...................It was a fool!...........................

                                     E
...A slobbering fool with a speech defect and a shakin' hand!

                            B
.....................And he wrote my name................... 

E                                     A
........................................Next to yours!......

.....................But it should have been David Byrne or somebody!

E                                     
DOG DIG A 

                                  E
DOG DIG A DOG DIG A    DOG DIG A DOG DIG A  DOG DIG A DOG DIG A   DOG
                                     [DIG A

E         
DOG DIG A 

                                  E
DOG DIG A DOG DIG A    DOG DIG A DOG DIG A  DOG DIG A DOG DIG A   DOG
                                     [DIG A 
                                     [DIG A 

E                                     
DOG

                                 E          
There's a justice    in this      worlllllll      -       lllld

E                                 E          
   And she's cruel      but she's    faiiiiiii       -       iiiir

E                                 E          
   And I know just      what she's    callllllll     -       llled

E                                 E          
          She's    called       Elainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne

E (some soloing too)

                                     She's called Elaine

E

SINGLE GUITAR (Storefront Hitchcock VERSION):

E^                     E'                    E^                    E'
E^                     E'                    E^                    E'
E^                     E^                   E^                    E'
   There's a justice    in this      worlllllll      -       lllld

E^                     E^                   E'                    E^
   And I know just      what she's    callllllll     -       llled

E'                                     E^                    E'
               She's    called       Elainnnnnnn     -       nnnne

E'                     E'                   E^                    E' E"
   There's a dead man   in your       heaaaaaaaa     -       aaart

E'                                     E'                    E^
   And he takes up      too much      rooooooooo     -       ooooom

E'                                     E^                    E'
   And I know just      what he's     callllllll     -       llled

E'                     E'                   E'                    E' E"
                              He's called   Steeeeeeee   -  eeeve     

         E'                              

riff on low E string:

0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0
0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0
0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   There's a farmer     in the        clouuuuuuu     -       uuuds

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And he's sowing gol - den         seeeeeeeeee     -       eeeds

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And he's feeding o - on your      dreeeeeeeee     -    eeeeeams  

E^                     E'                   E'                    E^
   That's the only thi - ng you      neeeeeeeeee     -       eeeed

                                    A           A#
   And I know just      what he's callllllllllllllllled,  He's called 

open 6th string
Rayyy -

E^                     E'                   E^
- yyy                                     I'm starting to

E(022100)           022200               022300            022400
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze

A(X0222X)           X0243X               X0254X            X0265X
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze     
             
open 6th string
Free -

E'                     E'                   E'                    E' -
eze

E                           B                      
   I know who wrote the     book of love!...................

E                                     A
......................................It was an idiot!......

...................It was a fool!...........................

                                     E
...A slobbering fool with a speech defect and a shakin' hand!

                            B
.....................And he wrote my name................... 

E                                     A
........................................Next to yours!......


.....................But it should have been David Byrne or somebody!

E'                     E^                   E'                    E^

E'                                     E^                    E'
   There's a justice    in this      worlllllll      -       lllld

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And she's cruel      but she's    faiiiiiii       -       iiiir

E^                     E'                   E^                    E'
   And I know just      what she's    callllllll     -       llled

E'                              
riff on low E string:

0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0

          She's    called       Elainnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne

0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0
0 0 0 2-h3-p2-p0 3-h5-p3-p0  5-h7-p5-p0

[extended lead solo in E/A(?)]

                                     She's called Elaine

[solo continues until end of song]

EXTRA VARIATIONS:

Here is a slightly altered middle part incorpating some horn notes:

                                     -2---2---
                                     -0-0---0-
                                     -3-------
                                     -2-------
                                     -2-------
                                     -0-------
E(022100)           022200               022300            022400
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze

A(X0222X)           X0243X               X0254X            A(X02220)
freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze