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The Handle of Your Heart
By David Newland
Waltz time, key of A (G with capo 2nd fret)

FIRST VERSE
A-F#m-D-E (2 bars each) (x2)

I don’t hardly dance at all
I’m more used to choppin’ wood
I swing the axe and I let it fall
And if the blade lands where it should

D – E – F#m (count 6, 6, 12)

That wood just falls to pieces

Repeat: A-F#m-D-E (x2)

Just the way that I’m doin’ now,
Just watchin how your shadow flies
Across the wall that I’m leanin’ on
With all these other country guys

+ D – E – F#m

Who’d die to take your hand…

CHORUS:

D – E – A – F#m (2 bars each)

The way I’m askin’ if I might,
Would you teach me how to dance tonight?

D – E (2 bars each)

I’ve got two left feet,Would you set me right?

A-E-F#m (count 3,3,6)

Lord I hardly dare to ask

D – E – A – F#m (1 bar each)(x3)

But if you take this mighty task,
If you set my feet to movin’
I will waste no time in provin’ I’m

D……(x 6 bars) ………………… Bm7-E (4 bars)

the man to hold his hands around
The handle of your heart…

HARP BREAK: A-F#m-D-E (2 bars each) (x2)

SECOND VERSE (same as first)

A-F#m-D-E (2 bars each) (x2)

I’m starin’ at your long brown hair
Like watchin’ wind through willow trees
Smellin’ flowers in the air,
Feelin’ summer on the breeze

D – E – F#m (count 6, 6, 12)

That seems to blow around you

Repeat: A-F#m-D-E (x2)

Swirls the hem of your cotton dress
Lifts the corners of your smile
I’ve known some women, I confess
But I have never seen such style

+ D – E – F#m

You are wild as a river flowin’….

CHORUS:

D – E – A – F#m (2 bars each)

And so I’m askin’ if I might,
Would you teach me how to dance tonight?

D – E (2 bars each)

I’ve got two left feet,
Would you set me right?

A-E-F#m (count 3,3,6)

Lord I hardly dare to ask

D – E – A – F#m (1 bar each)(x3)

But if you take this mighty task,
If you set my feet to movin’
I will waste no time in provin’ I’m

D……(x 6 bars) ………………… Bm7-E (4 bars)

the man to hold his hands around
The handle of your heart…

ENDING:
D-E-A-F#m / A-E-F#m / Bm – E – F#m
And I may not hold a candle
To the lover of your dreams
But I’m keen… to set to tryin’.

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