Dear John

Written by Kirsty MacColl


Chords for Dear John, transcribed by Paul Chinniah


Oh dear John
I hate to be the one to break the news
But it’s concerning me and you
This is the letter no-one ever wants to write
You may not believe me but it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done
My eyes see other glories
Other dreams and other stories
And I want to live before I die

Dear John
Ten years on
I still dream and we still hesitate
The passion’s all but gone

Oh dear John
Seems we have a bad day every day
I want to sleep my life away
This is the letter no-one ever wants to read
And though it hurts like hell
It may be what you need to tell you
I never wanted to be cruel
But I’m so tired of being the strong one
And I don’t always have the energy
And you always leave it up to me
Dear John

My eyes have seen the glory
There’s more to life than my life story
And I’ll probably never find him
But I have to keep on looking
And I’m very very sorry dear John

Cover Versions

Written by Kirsty at the end of her 10 year marriage to Steve Lillywhite, but never released by Kirsty herself at the time. Kirsty’s demo version was eventually released on ‘From Croydon to Cuba ’ in 2005. Eddi Reader performed the song on the BBC2 tribute program in March 2001, on ‘Later with Jools’ and released her studio version as a single in 1994.



Ukulele Cover- Dear John- Kirsty Maccoll

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