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The Mercy Seat  Johnny Cash

[Em] I began to[B(addE)] warm and chill
[Em]To objects [B(addE)]and their fields
[Em]A ragged cup, a [B(addE)]twisted mop
[Em]The face of Jesus [B(addE)]in my soup
[Em]Those sinister [B(addE)]dinner deals
[Em]The meal trolley's [B(addE)]wicked wheels
[Em]A hooked bone [B(addE)]rising from my
[Em]food. All things [B(addE)]good or ungood.
[E5]And the mercy seat is waiting
[E5(addB)]And I think my head is burning
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]yearning to be
[D5]done with all this [D5(addA)]measuring of
[D5]truth, An eye for an [D5(addA)]eye and a tooth for a
[F5]tooth, And any[F5(addC)]way I told the
[C5]truth, And I'm [C5(addG)]not afraid to die.
[Em]Interpret [B(addE)]signs and catalogue
[Em]A blackened [B(addE)]tooth, a scarlet fog
[Em]The walls are [B(addE)]bad. Black. Bottom kind.
[Em]They are the [B(addE)]sick breath at my hind
[Em]They are the [B(addE)]sick breath at my hind
[Em]They are the [B(addE)]sick breath at my hind
[Em]They are the [B(addE)]sick breath gathering
[Em]at my [B(addE)]hind.
[E5]I hear [E5(addB)]stories from the
[E5]chamber, How Christ was [E5(addB)]born into a
[E5]manger And like some [E5(addB)]ragged stranger
[D5]Died upon the [D5(addA)]cross, And might I
[D5]say it seems so [D5(addA)]fitting in its
[F5]way He was a [F5(addC)]carpenter by
[C5]trade, Or at [C5(addG)]least that's what I'm
[Em]told.[B(addE)]
[Em] [B(addE)]  
[Em]Like m[B(addE)]y good hand
[Em]I tattooed [B(addE)]E.V.I.L. across it's
[Em]brother's fist[B(addE)]
[Em]That filthy [B(addE)]five! They did
[Em]nothing to [B(addE)]resist.
[E5]In heaven His [E5(addB)]throne is made of gold
[E5]The ark of His [E5(addB)]testament is
[E5]stowed, A throne from [E5(addB)]which I'm told all
[D5]history does un[D5(addA)]fold, Down here it's
[D5]made of wood and [D5(addA)]wire, And my
[F5]body is on [F5(addC)]fire
[C5]And God is [C5(addG)]never far away.
[Em]Into the [B(addE)]mercy seat I climb
[Em]My head is [B(addE)]shaved, my head is
[Em]wired, And like a [B(addE)]moth that tries to
[D5]enter the bright [D5(addA)]eye, so I go
[D5]shuffling out [D5(addA)]life, Just to
[F5]hide in death a [F5(addC)]while
[C5]And any[C5(addG)]way I never lied.
[Em]My kill-hand [B(addE)]is called E.V.I.L.
[Em]Wears a wedding [B(addE)]band that's G.O.O.D.
[Em]'Tis a long [B(addE)]suffering shackle
[Em]Collaring all that [B(addE)]rebel blood
[E5]And the mercy seat is waiting
[E5(addB)]And I think my head is burning
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]yearning to be
[D5]done with all this [D5(addA)]measuring of
[D5]truth, An eye for an [D5(addA)]eye and a tooth for a
[F5]tooth, And any[F5(addC)]way I told the
[C5]truth, And I'm [C5(addG)]not afraid to die.
[E5]And the mercy seat is burning
[E5(addB)]And I think my head is glowing
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]hoping to be
[D5]done with all this [D5(addA)]weighing up of
[D5]truth, An eye for an [D5(addA)]eye and a tooth for a
[F5]tooth, And any[F5(addC)]way I told the
[C5]truth, And I'm [C5(addG)]not afraid to die.
[E5]And the mercy seat is glowing
[E5(addB)]And I think my head is smoking
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]hoping to be
[D5]done with all these [D5(addA)]looks of disbeleif
[D5] An eye for an [D5(addA)]eye and a tooth for a
[F5]tooth, And any[F5(addC)]way I there was no
[C5]proof, [C5(addG)]Nor a motive why.
[E5]And the mercy seat is smoking
[E5(addB)]And I think my head is melting
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]helping to be
[D5]done with all this [D5(addA)]twisting of
[D5]truth, An eye for an [D5(addA)]eye and a truth for a
[F5]truth, And any[F5(addC)]way I told the
[C5]truth, And I'm [C5(addG)]not afraid to die.
[E5]And the mercy seat is melting
[E5(addB)]And I think my blood is boiling
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]spoiling all the
[D5]fun with all this [D5(addA)]truth and consequence
[D5] An eye for an [D5(addA)]eye and a truth for a
[F5]truth, And any[F5(addC)]way I told the
[C5]truth, And I'm [C5(addG)]not afraid to die.
[E5]And the mercy seat is waiting
[E5(addB)]And I think my head is burning
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]yearning to be
[D5]done with all this [D5(addA)]measurement of
[D5]proof, A lie for a li[D5(addA)]e and a truth for a
[F5]truth, And any[F5(addC)]way there was no
[C5]proof, And I'm [C5(addG)]not afraid to tell a lie.
[E5]And the mercy seat is waiting
[E5(addB)]And I think my head is burning
[E5]And in a way I'm [E5(addB)]yearning to be
[D5]done with all this [D5(addA)]measurment of
[D5]proof, An eye for an [D5(addA)]eye and a truth for a
[F5]truth, And any[F5(addC)]way I told the
[C5]truth, And I'm [C5(addG)]afraid I told a lie.
Chords:
 
 E -0---0----------------0---0--------------------------------------------------
 B -0---0----------------0---0--------------------------------------------------
 G -0---4---------------9---9--------------------7---7--------------10--10------------5---5--------
 D -2---4---------------9---9--------------------7---7--------------10--10-------------5---5--------
 A -2---2---------------7---7--------------------5---5----------------8---8--------------3---3--------
 E -0---0--------------0---7--------------------------5---------------------8------------------3--------

[Em] [B(addE)] [E5] [E5(addB)] [D5] [D5(addA)] [F5] [F5(addC)] [C5] [C5(addG)] 

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B(addE) C5 C5(addG) D5 D5(addA) E5 E5(addB) Em F5 F5(addC)
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