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Deathbed Chords

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I wanted an easy, but accurate version of this song so I ended up writing the chords 
myself (first one ever!). It's such a lovely song and hope more people can enjoy it as a 
result of my chords!


Capo 5

                 C
I can smell the death on the sheets
  C
Covering me
C                           G
I can't believe this is the end

     G             C
But this is my deathbed
   D          Em
I lie here alone
      G              C
If I close my eyes tonight
    D            G
I know I'll be home

     G                     Dm
The year was nineteen forty one
          F
I was eight years old and
              C
Far, far too young
      G
To know that the stories
       Dm
Of battles and glory
        F
Was a tale a kind mother
        C
Made up for her son

You see
G                    Dm
Dad was a traveling preacher
F                          C
Teaching the words of the Teacher
    G
My mother had sworn he
     Dm
Went off to the war
        F
And died there with honor
      C
Somewhere on a beach there
       Em                 B
But he left once to never return
       G                       A
Which taught me that I should unlearn
     C                G
Whatever I thought a father should be
    A#
I abandoned that thought
         A
Like he abandoned me

   A                   A9
By forty seven I was fourteen
      G                              D
I'd acquired a taste for liquor and nicotine
     Dm                A
I smoked until I threw up
                    E
Yet I still lit 'em up
      Emaj7         E7
For thirty more years
         A
Like a machine

    C                 G
So right there you have it
     C            G
That one filthy habit
      Am               G       D
Is what got me where I am today

                  C
I can smell the death on the sheets

Covering me
         C            G         D
I can't believe this is the end
                C
I can hear those sad memories

Still haunting me, So many things
C      G        D
I'd do again

       G         C
But this is my deathbed
  D         Em
I lie here alone
     G                    C
If I close my eyes tonight
     D          G
I know I'll be home

       G                   Dm
I got married on my twenty first
F                                      C
Eight months before my wife would give birth
       G                              Dm
It's easier to be sure you love someone
          F                        C
When her father inquires with the barrel of a gun
    Em                    B
The union was far from harmonious
       G                             A
No two people could have been more alone than us
     C                           G
The years would go by and she'd love someone else
       A#                       A
And I realized I hadn't been loved yet myself

     A                       A9
From there it's your typical spiel
         G
Yeah if life was a highway
      D
I was drunk at the wheel
       Dm
I was seeing the loose ends
A
All fall apart
        E          Emaj7       E7
Yeah I swear I was destined to fail
                  A
And fail from the start

  C                        G
I bowled about six times a week
    C                       G
The bottle of Beam kept the memories from me
    C                     G
The marriage had taken a seven-ten split
     Am           G             D
And along with my pride the ex-wife took the kids

                C
I can smell the death on the sheets, covering me
                C           G        D
I can't believe this is the end
                C
I can hear those sad memories

Still haunting me

So many things
C       G         D
I'd do again

    G           C
But this is my deathbed
  D         Em
I lie here alone
      G            C
If I close my eyes tonight
  D             G
I know I'll be home

       G
I was so scared of Jesus
    Dm
But He sought me out
          F
Like the cancer in my lungs
         C
That's killing me now
          G
And I've given up hope
        Dm
On the days I have left
      F
But I cling to the hope
        C
Of my life in the next
      Em
Then Jesus showed up
       B
Said, "Before we go up
  G                      A
I thought that we might reminisce
         C
See one night in your life
          G
When you turned out the light
     A#                      A
You asked for and prayed for my forgiveness"

           A
You cried wolf
    F#m                     E
The tears they soaked your fur
      D                      Bm
The blood dripped from your fangs
     A                   E
You said, "What have I done?"
                   Bm
You loved that Lamb
      A            F#m
With every sinful bone
     E
And there you wept alone
    Bm             E
Your heart was so contrite

            Bm                   A         D
You said, "Jesus, please forgive me of my crimes
Bm             A                D
Sanctify this withered heart of mine
Bm                A            D
Stay with me until my life is through
     Bm                A                  D
And on that day please take me home with you"

                              D
I can smell the death on the sheets

Covering me
                            A          E
I can't believe this is the end
                D
I can hear You whisper to me,

"It's time to leave
                        A           E
You'll never be lonely again"

     A           D
But this was my deathbed
  E          F#m
I died there alone
         A             D
When I closed my eyes tonight
     E         D
You carried me home

Instrumental :   (D          A) x many times


[Jon Foreman]
A        C#m
I am the Way
       F#m
Follow Me
            D         E
And take My hand
     A        C#m
And I am the Truth
   F#m                 D         E
Embrace Me and you'll understand
    A         C#m
And I am the Light
         G             D
And for Me you'll live again
    D E  F#m
For I am Love
D E  F#m
I am Love
A D  D E  A
I,        I am Love
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