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Lives In The Balance  Jackson Browne

Ive been [Em]waiting for [D]something to [Em]happen    [D]

For a [Em]week or a mo[D]nth or a year[Em]          [D]

With the [Em]blood in the i[D]nk of the hea[Em]dlines    [D]
And the s[Em]ound of the [D]crowd in my e[Em]ar        [D]
You might [Em]ask what it [D]takes to reme[Em]mber      [D]
When you [Em]know that you've [D]seen it befor[Em]e         [D]
Where a [Em]government l[D]ies to a pe[Em]ople      [D]
And a [Em]country is d[D]rifting to wa[Em]r
Pre-chorus:

And theres a [C]shadow on the [Em]faces

Of the [C]men who send the [Em]guns
To the [C]wars that are fought in [G]places
Where their [D]business interest [B]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:

And they [C]pick up a gun or a brick[B] or a stone
There are [Em]lives i[D]n the balance[Em]      [D]
There are [Em]people [D]under fire   [Em]      [D]
There are [Em]children [D]at the cannon[Em]s     [D]
And there is [C]blood on the wire   [B]

Interlude


Pre-chorus:

Theres a [C]shadow on the [Em]faces
Of the [C]men who fan the [Em]flames
Of the [C]wars that are fought in pl[G]aces
Where we cant [D]even say the [B]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:

But t[C]heyre never the one[B]s to fight or to die
And there are [Em]lives i[D]n the balance [Em]      [D]
There are [Em]people [D]under fire    [Em]      [D]
There are c[Em]hildren[D] at the cannons [Em]      [D]
And there is [C]blood on the wire  [B]

Outro:

Gm, F x3, end with Gm.

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pete909 (report)

Try C instead of the Em at the start of every 4th line of the verse.

luckyguy (report)

and other times he capos at the first fret?

luckyguy (report)

It appears Jackson capos at the 3rd fret for this song.