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Heres To The State Chords

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Words and Music by Eddie Vedder.
As performed during the Toronto International Film Festival on 9/11/2007.

[ G ]Here's to the judges of [ Cadd9 ]John Roberts[ G ]
Who wear the robe of honor in a [ Cadd9 ]phony legal [ D ] form
And [ G ] justices are stranger when the [ Cadd9 ]partisans re[ D ]port
When the [ G ] court elected a president it was the [ Cadd9 ] beginning of this [ D ] war

[ G ]Here's to the [ Em ] land you [ C ] tore out the [ G ]heart of
[ G ]John Roberts [ Em ]find yourself ano [ C ]ther country [ D ]to be [ G ]part of

[ G ]Here's to the government of [ Cadd9 ]Dick Cheney[ G ]
With criminals posing as [ Cadd9 ]advisors to the [ D ]crown
And they[ G ] hope that no one sees the sites or that [ Cadd9 ]no one hears the [ D ]sounds
Cause the [ G ]speeches of our president are the [ Cadd9 ]remains of a [ D ]clown

[ G ]Here's to the [ Em ] land you [ C ] tore out the [ G ]heart of
[ G ]Dick Cheney [ Em ]find yourself ano[ C ]ther country [ D ]to be [ G ]part of

Here's to the churches of [ Cadd9 ]Jerry Falwell[ G ]
Oh the cross once made of silver now is [ Cadd9 ]turned to [ D ]rust
And the [ G ] sunday morning services preach in [ Cadd9 ]fear of men in [ D ]love
And [ G ]God only knows in [ Cadd9 ]heaven they must[ D ]trust

[ G ]Here's to the [ Em ] land you [ C ] tore out the [ G ]heart of
[ G ]Jerry Falwell [ Em ] find yourself ano[ C ]ther country [ D ]to be [ G ]part of

Here's to the laws of [ Cadd9 ]Alberto Gonzalez[ G ]
Congress will pass an act in the [ Cadd9 ]panic of the [ D ]day
And the [ G ] Constitution's drowning in an [ Cadd9 ]ocean of [ D ]decay
And [ G ]freedom of speech is dangerous i've [ Cadd9 ]even heard them [ D ]say

[ G ]Here's to the [ Em ] land you [ C ] tore out the [ G ]heart of
[ G ]Gonzalez [ Em ] find yourself ano[ C ]ther country [ D ]to be [ G ]part of

Here's to the businessmen of [ Cadd9 ]George W [ G ]
Who'll want to change the focus from Halli[ Cadd9 ]burton to [ D ]Enron
And their[ G ]  profits like blood money spilled out [ Cadd9 ]on the white house [ D ]lawn
To [ G ]keep their hold on power they're using [ Cadd9 ]terror as a [ D ]con
While the [ G ]bombs they fall on children dont know [ Cadd9 ]which side...dont care 
side that they're [ D ]on

[ G ]Here's to the [ Em ] land you [ C ] tore out the [ G ]heart of
[ G ]George W [ Em ]find yourself ano[ C ]ther country [ D ]to be [ G ]part of

[ G ]Here's to the [ Em ] land you [ C ] tore out the [ G ]heart of
[ G ]George W [ Em ]find yourself ano[ C ]ther country [ D ]to be [ G ]part of

Notes:

Eddie does a little Dsus4 - D - Dsus2 run while strumming the D that ends each verse

After strumming the last G in the first line of the chorus (...heart of) Eddie pulls off 
E and A strings for one strum and then continues strumming G like so:

e|--3--3------3--|
B|--3--3------3--|
G|---------------|
D|---------------|
A|--2--0------2--|
E|--3--0------3--|

After strumming the last G in the last line of the chorus (...to be part of) Eddie does 
little 3-2-0 run on the A string and then continues strumming G like so:

e|--3---------3--|
B|--3---------3--|
G|---------------|
D|---------------|
A|--2--3-2-0--2--|
E|--3---------3--|
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scottw86 wrote on October 26 2007, 01:36 pm

Perfect!

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migster wrote on February 20 2010, 12:14 pm

Good job with the chords, but the credits are innaccurate.

Words and Music are by Phil Ochs. Ochs originally wrote "Here's to the State of Mississippi" then revised it as "Here's to the State of Richard Nixon". Tim robbins revised it further in 2004, and then EV made further changes to update it again.

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zoratao wrote on August 21 2011, 12:55 am

Actually not perfect the lyrics are wrong in two places.
He mumbles so I can understand why it is easy to get this wrong but the way the lyrics are written everywhere simply don't make sense.

Firstly: Who wear the robe of honor in a phony legal forum
And justice is a stranger when the partisans report
When the court elected a president it was the beginning of this war

Secondly: You must really be trippin balls to hear the "remains" of a clown it should read "ravings":

Here's to the government of Dick Cheney
With criminals posing as advisors to the crown
And they hope that no one sees the sites or that no one hears the sounds
Cause the speeches of our president are the ravings of a clown

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