by Larry Norman
The Great American Novel (L. Norman) from the album ONLY VISITING THIS PLANET submitted by W.G. Hulbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) Play with capo on 1st fret Intro: G CG CG CG C 1-2-3-4|1-2-3-4|1-2-3-4|1-2-3-4| (Keep this rhythm going throughout the verses) Chords: C/G: play a C with a G in the 6th string (The 6th string being the thinnest) Dsus: play a D with a G in the 6th string (Use your pinky finger) D/E: play a D with an E in the 6th string (Lift your middle finger) D/F#: play a D with an E in the 6th string (see above) and F# in the bass (use your index finger) G C/G G C G I was born and raised an orphan in a land that once was free, Bm Am In a land that poured its love out on the moon, G C/G G C G And I grew up in the shadows of your silos filled with grain, Bm Am G But you never helped to fill my empty spoon. G C/G G C G And when I was ten you murdered law with courtroom politics, Bm Am And you learned to make a lie sound just like truth, G C/G G C G But I know you better now and I don't fall for all your tricks, Bm Am G And you've lost the one advantage of my youth. G C/G G C G You kill a black man at midnight just for talking to your daughter, Bm Am D Then you make his wife your mistress and you leave her without water, G C/G G C G And the sheet you wear upon your face is the sheet your children sleep on, Bm Am D Dsus, D, D/E, D And at every meal you say a prayer, You don't believe but still you keep on. C G D/F# G C G D/F# G And your money says "In God We Trust" but it's against the law to pray in school, C G D/F# G C G D/F# G You say we beat the Russians to the moon, And I say you starved your children to do it. G C/G G C G You are far across the ocean in a war that's not your own, Bm Am D And while you're winning theirs you're gonna lose the one at home, G C/G G C G Do you really think the only way to bring about the peace, Bm Am D Is to sacrifice your children and kill all your enemies. G C/G G C G The politicians all make speeches while the newsmen all take notes, Bm Am D And they exaggerate the issues as they shove it down our throats, G C/G G C G Is it really up to them whether this country sinks or floats, Bm Am D Well I wonder who would lead us if none of us would vote. G C/G G C G Well my phone is tapped and my lips are chapped from whispering through the fence, Bm Am D You know every move I make or is that just coincidence, G C/G G C G Will you try to make my way of life a little less like jail, Bm Am D Dsus, D, D/E, D If I promise to make tapes and slides and send them through the mail. C G D/F# G C G D/F# G And your money says "In God We Trust" but it's against the law to pray in school, C G D/F# G C G D/F# G You say we beat the Russians to the moon and I say you starved your children to do it. C G D/F# G C G D/F# G You say all men are equal all men are brothers, Then why are the rich more equal than others, C G D/F# G C G D/F# G Don't ask me for the answers, I've only got one, A man leaves his darkness when he follows the Son.
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