Have Mercy On The Criminal Chords & Lyrics Artist:

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Am chord Dm chord Dm7 chord D7 chord E chord F chord G chord Am/G chord Esus4 chord F/E chord
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INTRO
   Dm
e|---------------1------------------------------|
B|--------1--3-------3---1----------------------|
G|-----2--------------------2—-1--0-------------|
D|-----------------------------------------0----|
A|------------------------------------3h--------|
E|----------------------------------------------|
 
VERSE 1
Am                 Esus4        E
Have you heard the dogs at night
Am               Dm
Somewhere on the hill
Dm7               Am
Chasing some poor criminal
                           Esus4  E
And I guess they're out to kill
Am                        Esus4        E
Oh there must be shackles on his feet
    Am            Dm
And mother in his eyes
Dm7                   Am
Stumbling through the devil-dark
                            Esus4 E
With the hound pack in full cry
 
CHORUS
     F            G
Have mercy on the criminal
        Am                     Am/G
Who is running from the law
F                    G
Are you blind to the winds of change
          Am                      Am/G
Don't you hear him any more
F                               F/E
Praying Lord you got to help me
Dm
I ain't ever gonna sin again
     Am         G            D7
Just take these chains from around my legs
      F          E        Am
Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend
 
VERSE 2
                  Am       Esus4             E
Now have you ever seen the white teeth gleam
          Am                 Dm
While you lie on a cold damp ground
Dm7                            Am
You're taking in the face of a rifle butt
                           Esus4   E
While the wardens hold you down
           Am           Esus4           E
And you've never seen a friend in years
      Am                   Dm
Oh it turns your heart to stone
Dm7                        Am
You jump the walls and the dogs run free
                              Esus4  E
And the grave's gonna be your home
 
CHORUS
     F                  G
Ooh, Have mercy on the criminal
        Am                     Am/G
Who is running from the law
F                    G
Are you blind to the winds of change
          Am                      Am/G
Don't you hear him any more
F                               F/E
Praying Lord you got to help me
Dm
I ain't ever gonna sin again
     Am         G            D7
Just take these chains from around my legs
      F          E        Am
Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend
 
     F                  G
Ooh, Have mercy on the criminal
        Am                     Am/G
Who is running from the law
F                    G
Are you blind to the winds of change
          Am                      Am/G
Don't you hear him any more
F                               F/E
Praying Lord you got to help me
Dm
I ain't ever gonna sin again
     Am         G            D7
Just take these chains from around my legs
      F          E        Am
Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend

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