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Leaving Beirut Chords

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C		     E		    E7
Are these the people that we should bomb
F              G
Are we so sure they mean us harm
C                     E             E7
Is this our pleasure, punishment or crime
F		           G
Is this a mountain that we really want to climb
C                 E           E7
The road is hard, hard and long
Put down that two by four
G					C
This man would never turn you from his door
	   E       E7
Oh George! Oh George!
F			       G	                        C
That Texas education must have fucked you up when you were very small

C		 E		   E7
When I was 17 my mother, bless her heart,
F			      G				  C
Fulfilled my summer dream she handed me the keys to the car
				  E		     E7
We motored down to Paris, fuelled with Dexedrine and booze
F				    G
Got bust in Antibes by the cops and fleeced in Naples by the wops
C			        E	         E7
But everyone was kind to us, we were the English dudes
Our dads had helped them win the war
G				       C
When we all knew what we were fighting for
				E	      E7
But now an Englishman abroad is just a US stooge
F				 G
The bulldog is a poodle snapping round the scoundrel's last refuge

Is gentleness too much for us
       E	     E7    F
Should gentleness be filed along with empathy
We feel for someone else's child
C				  E		  E7
Every time a smart bomb does its sums and gets it wrong
F			      G
Someone else's child dies and equities in defence rise
C			 E		 E7
America, America, please hear us when we call
You got hip-hop, be-bop, hustle and bustle
You got Atticus Finch, you got Jane Russell
You got freedom of speech, you got great beaches,
E		 E7
Wildernesses and malls
Don't let the might, the Christian right,
G					       C
Fuck it all up for you and the rest of the world

C			  E	           E7
Not in my name, Tony, you great war leader you
F			   G
Terror is still terror, whosoever gets to frame the rules
C			     E			E7
History's not written by the vanquished or the damned
F			   G
Now we are Genghis Khan, Lucretia Borghia, Son of Sam
C			E		E7
In 1961 they took this child into their home
F				    G
I wonder what became of them in the cauldron that was Lebanon
C			  E	       E7
If I could find them now, could I make amends?
F		   G		C
How does the story end?

This is one of my favourite songs by Roger Waters and is incredible live. Any feedback, 
or corrections are welcomed – martywalsh19@hotmail.com
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Thefallofman wrote on October 31 2007, 08:49 pm

Sounds great to me! Thanks for tabbing out such an amazing song. While some songwriters get worse over time, I think Roger's put out his best solo work in the last 6 or so years, and I loved the stuff before it! This song and Each Small Candle are two of the best songs ever written by anyone if you ask me.

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