Lives In The Balance

Jackson Browne

 EmDEmD
Ive been waiting for something to happen     

 EmDEmD
For a week or a month or a year          

 EmDEmD
With the blood in the ink of the headlines    

 EmDEmD
And the sound of the crowd in my ear        

 EmDEmD
You might ask what it takes to remember      

 EmDEmD
When you know that you've seen it before         

 EmDEmD
Where a government lies to a people      

 EmDEm
And a country is drifting to war

Pre-chorus:

 CEm
And theres a shadow on the faces

 CEm
Of the men who send the guns

 CG
To the wars that are fought in places

 DB
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:

 CB
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
 EmDEmD
There are lives in the balance      
 EmDEmD
There are people under fire         
 EmDEmD
There are children at the cannons     
 CB
And there is blood on the wire   

Interlude

Pre-chorus:

 CEm
Theres a shadow on the faces
 CEm
Of the men who fan the flames
 CG
Of the wars that are fought in places
 DB
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:

 CB
But theyre never the ones to fight or to die
 EmDEmD
And there are lives in the balance       
 EmDEmD
There are people under fire          
 EmDEmD
There are children at the cannons       
 CB
And there is blood on the wire  

Outro:

Gm, F x3, end with Gm.


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luckyguy (report comment to admin):
It appears Jackson capos at the 3rd fret for this song.
luckyguy (report comment to admin):
and other times he capos at the first fret?
pete909 (report comment to admin):
Try C instead of the Em at the start of every 4th line of the verse.