The Shame

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Written by The Levellers.  Great song.  Not sure if this will feature on an album, Simon has played it live a few times.

Transcribed by Alan Bigham, 28th May 2016.  Updated some of the lyrics on 6th December 2017.

The G chord is a mix of 320033 and 320003, have a listen to the vids on youtube to get the strumming pattern.


The Shame
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G



G
A million times I've looked at the tides
                  G
Never thought I'd find myself crying
       Em                                       G
I find cold burning tears of anger and pity and shame

G
Lying before me is a tiny young life
G
Hated by years of hatred and crime
Em                                          G
Killed by indifferent, fanatic religious divides


     G
They crept out of hiding and ran for their lives
                  G
Too young for the fighting, too young to take sides
        Em                                         G
They're hope for the future washed up there in the brine


G
It's important to know that the waters they choked
          G
They were international, they'd pinned all their hopes
   Em                                            G
On rumours of leaving, the promise of freedom we gave




            Am                 D
But the you door left open you slammed in their face
    Am                          D
Now full of self-loathing this common disgrace
     Am                       D                 G
As a world we did nothing and silently let them die
   Am                          D
So tell me my friends does the future look rosy?
       G                  Em
Do you sleep well in bed, safe warm and cosy?
       Am                      D          G
Do you hope someone finds a solution overnight?
    Am                D
And tell me again how history repeats
    G                   Em
And how we learned from all our mistakes
         Am                D                    G
And we'd like to help, but sadly your hands are tied


G  G  Em  G 


     Am                         D
With racists and bigots running countries and business
   Am                  D
No real religions just misguided misfits
     Am                 D                G
It's business as usual, towing the party line
    Am                              D
How proud you must feel when you're cutting your deals
       Am                  D
To the arms manufacturer's greasing the wheels
        Am                       D                        G
Selling bullets and bombs to the men with the guns taking bribes


    Am                         D
And tell me my friend does the future look rosy?
       G                  Em
Do you sleep well in bed, safe warm and cosy?
      Am                      D          G
Do you hope someone finds a solution overnight?


   Am                D   
So tell me again how history repeats
    G                   Em
How we could learn from all our mistakes
    Am               D                           G
How you'd like to help but sadly you haven't the time