Chords in this song

A# chordA chordC chordDm chordF chord

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               BbBb chord                     FF chord
There ain't no reason things are this way
                      CC chord                       DmDm chord
It's how they' always been and they intend to stay
   CC chord    BbBb chord                       FF chord
I can't explain why we live this way
               CC chord
We do it every day


                 BbBb chord                 FF chord
Preachers on the podium speakin' of saints
                CC chord                    DmDm chord
Prophets on the sidewalk beggin' for change
    CC chord      BbBb chord                     FF chord
Old ladies laughin' from the fire escape
           CC chord
Cursin' my name


-same chords throughout the rest-


I got a basket full of lemons and they all taste the same
AA chord window and a pigeon with a broken wing
You can spend your whole life workin' for something
Just to have it taken away

People walk around pushin' back their debts
Wearin' paychecks like necklaces and bracelets
Talkin' 'bout nothin', not thinkin' 'bout death
Every little heartbeat, every little breath

People walk a tightrope on a razor's edge
Carryin' their hurt and hatred and weapons
It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen
Or a thought or a word or a sentence

There ain't no reason things are this way
It's how they' always been and they intend to stay
I don't know why I say the things I say
But I say them anyway


                          DmDm chord      BbBb chord          CC chord
But love will come set me free
                       DmDm chord       BbBb chord            CC chord
Love will come set me free,     I do          believe
                       DmDm chord       BbBb chord            CC chord
Love will come set me free,     I know it     will
                       DmDm chord       BbBb chord            CC chord
Love will come set me free,     yes


       BbBb chord                   FF chord
Prison walls still standin' tall
     CC chord                      DmDm chord
Some things never change at all
    CC chord            BbBb chord                       FF chord
Keep on buildin' prisons, gonna fill them all
                 CC chord
Keep on buildin' bombs, gonna drop them all


             BbBb chord                  FF chord
Workin' your fingers bare to the bones
              CC chord                        DmDm chord
Breakin' your back, make you sell your soul
   CC chord   BbBb chord                      FF chord
Like a lung that's filled with coal
            CC chord
Suffocatin' slow


The wind blows wild and I may move
But politicians lie and I am not fooled
You don't need no reason or a three-piece suit
To argue the truth

The air on my skin and world under my toes
Slavery stitched into the fabric of my clothes
Chaos and commotion wherever I go
Love I try to follow


                          DmDm chord      BbBb chord          CC chord
But love will come set me free
                       DmDm chord       BbBb chord             CC chord
Love will come set me free,     I do           believe
                       DmDm chord       BbBb chord             CC chord
Love will come set me free,     I know it     will
                       DmDm chord       BbBb chord              CC chord
Love will come set me free,     yes


There ain't no reason things are this way
It's how they' always been and they intend to stay
I can't explain why we live this way
We do it every day

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