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Victim or the Crime  Grateful Dead

Date: Mon, 25 Sep 95 05:17:53 0800
From: Joe Melloy
Subject: Victim Or The Crime
Thanks to Jolie Goodman, we have a start on this little ditty from Bob
Weir.
Victim or the Crime (Graham/Weir)
(Key of C# minor. 4/4 time.)
Intro.: B5 B5 B5 B5
Verse 1:
[B5]Patience r[B5]uns out on the junkie,
[B5]The dark s[B5]ide hires another soul.
[Bsus2]Did he s[Bm]teal his f[G/B]ate or[E7/B] earn it?
[Esus4]Was he f[E+5]orce-fed, [E5]did he[E6] learn it?
[C]Whatever h[C]appened [B5]to hi[B5]s precious self-control?
(Same chords as verse 1)
Like him, I'm tired of try'n' to heal
This tom-cat heart with which I'm blessed. Is destruction loving's twin?
Must I choose to lose or win?
[C]Maybe when[C] my turn[B5] come[E5]s I w[E5]ill have guessed.
Verse 2:
[A9]These are [A/G#]the horns of the dilemma,
[A]What truth[A/G#] this proof against all lies?
[B/A]When sac[Asus2]red fails [Am]bef[F/A]ore profane,
D Csus2 A5 Go
The wisest man is deemed insane.
[C5]Even the p[C]urest of[E5] roma[E5]ntics compromise.
Chorus:
[C#m]What fixat[C#m]ion feeds this fever
[C#m]As the ful[C#m]l moon pales and climbs?
[C#m]Am I liv[F#m]ing truth [C#m]or ran[A]k deceiver?
[C#m]Am I the[F#m] victim or[C#m] the c[A]rime,
[C#m]Am I the[F#m] victim or[C#m] the c[A]rime,
[C#m]Am I the[F#m] victim or[C#m] the crime, or the crime?
(Same chords as verse 2)
And so I wrestle with the angel
To see who'll reap the seeds I sow.
Am I the driver or the driven?
Will I be damned to be forgiven?
Is there anybody here but me who needs to know
(Chorus chords)
What it is that feeds this fever
As the full moon pales and climbs?
Am I living truth or rank deceiver?
Am I the victim or the crime,
Am I the victim or the crime,
Am I the victim or the crime, or the crime?
[B5]Repeat and fade
Enjoy!
Jolie

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A A/G# Am Asus2 B5 Bm Bsus2 C C#m C5 E+5 E5 E6 E7/B Esus4 F#m G/B
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