Lives in the Balance


CAPO III
Intro: Em, D x4

Verse:
         Em          D            Em        D
Ive been waiting for something to happen
      Em          D            Em        D
For a week or a month or a year
         Em            D            Em        D
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
         Em          D            Em        D
And the sound of the crowd in my ear
          Em          D            Em        D
You might ask what it takes to remember
         Em               D            Em        D
When you know that you've seen it before
       Em          D          Em        D
Where a government lies to a people

      Em          D            Em
And a country is drifting to war

Pre-chorus:
             C             Em
And theres a shadow on the faces
       C                Em
Of the men who send the guns
       C                       G
To the wars that are fought in places
            D                 B
Where their business interest runs

Verse 2 (same arrangement as Verse 1):

On the radio talk shows and the t.v.
You hear one thing again and again
How the u.s.a. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend
But who are the ones that we call our friends--
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally cant take any more

Chorus:
         C                       B
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
          Em     D            Em    D
There are lives in the balance
          Em     D            Em    D
There are people under fire
          Em       D            Em    D
There are children at the cannons
             C                   B
And there is blood on the wire

Interlude

Pre-chorus:
         C             Em
Theres a shadow on the faces
       C               Em
Of the men who fan the flames
       C                         G
Of the wars that are fought in places
              D            B
Where we cant even say the names

Verse 3:
They sell us the president the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars
I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are

Chorus:
     C                  B
But they're never the ones to fight or to die
              Em     D             Em    D
And there are lives in the balance
          Em     D             Em    D
There are people under fire
           Em     D               Em    D
There are children at the cannons
             C                  B
And there is blood on the wire

Outro:
Em, D x3, end with Em.