Have Mercy On The Criminal

Play Melody Line over bass notes.  Each bass note gets eight counts.  
Additional melody lines shown in brackets.  
Listen to the song to get the timing down.

Melody Line: G Bb C Eb C Bb C

Bass Notes:  Cm  Bb  A  Ab   x2

Cm
G Bb C Eb C Bb G Gb F Eb C Bb

Cm                 G7/B          Cm/Bb            Fm/Ab
Have you heard the dogs at night somewhere on the hill?
Fm6               Cm/G         Cm                   G
Chasing some poor criminal & I guess they're out to kill.
Cm               G7/B            Eb/Bb         Fb/Ab
Oh there must be shackles on his feet and mother in his eyes.
Fm6            Cm/G                Cm                 G
Stumbling thru devil-dark with the hound pack in full cry.

Ab            Bb       (G   Bb C Eb    C    Bb  C)   Cm (G Bb C Eb C Bb G Gb F Eb C Bb)
Have mercy on  the criminal who is running from the law.
Ab                   Bb             (G     Bb  C    Eb C Bb C)   Cm  (G Bb C Eb C Bb G Gb F Eb C Bb)
Are you blind to the wind of change? Don't you hear him anymore?
Ab7                             (Ab G Gb) Fm7
Praying Lord you gotta help me,           I am never gonna sin again
Cm         Bb          Ab7                   G7                      Cm  G7
Just take these chains from round my legs,  Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend.

Now have you ever seen the white teeth gleam while you lie on a cold damp ground?
You're taking in the face of a rifle butt while the wardens hold you down.
And you've never seen a friend in years.  Oh, it turns your heart to stone.
You jump the walls and the dogs run free, and the grave's gonna be your home.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*