Iris DeMent

Wasteland Of The Free

Iris DeMent

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Wasteland Of The Free

	  		C           Am               G                C 
               Living in the wasteland of the free 
 
       G                                C 
We got preachers dealin' in politics and diamond mines 
          G                   C    
And their speech is growing increasingly unkind 
Am 
  They say they are Christ's disciples 
    F 
But they don't look like Jesus to me 
              C        G                      C 
And it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free 
 
       G                           C 
We got politicians runnin' races on corporate cash 
               G                             C 
Now don't tell me they don't turn around and kiss them people's ass 
Am 
  Now you may call me old-fashioned 
    F 
But that don't fit my picture of a true democracy 
              C        G                      C 
And it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free 
 
       G                         C 
We got C E O's makin' two hundred times the workers pay 
            G                      C 
But they'll fight like hell against raising the minimum wage 
Am 
  And if you don't like it mister 
                  F 
They'll ship your job to some third world country 'cross the sea 
              C        G                      C 
And it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free 
 
 
F              G                C 
 Living in the wasteland of the free 
E                                      Am 
 Where the poor have now become the enemy 
F                C 
 Let's blame our troubles on the weak ones 
E                        Am           F   
Sounds like some kind of   Hitler remedy 
              G                  C 
Living in the wasteland of the free 
  
       G                             C 
We got little kids with guns fighting inner-city wars 
               G                       C 
So, what do we do, we put these little kids behind prison doors 
Am 
  And we call ourselves the advanced civilisation 
F 
 But that sounds like crap to me 
              C        G                      C 
And it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free 
 
       G                                 C 
We got high school kids runnin' 'round in Calvin Klein and Guess 
           G                          C       
Who cannot pass a sixth grade reading test 
Am 
  But if you ask them, they can tell you 
F 
 The name of every crotch on MTV 
              C        G                      C 
And it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free 
 
            G               C  
We kill for oil then throw a party when we win 
           G                    C 
Some guy refuses to fight and we call that the sin 
Am 
  But he's standin' up for what he believes in 
F 
 And that seems pretty damned American to me 
              C        G                      C 
And it feels like I am living in the wasteland of the free 
 
 
F               G               C 
 Living in the wasteland of the free 
E                                      Am 
 Where the poor have now become the enemy 
F                C 
 Let's blame our troubles on the weak ones 
E                        Am           F   
Sounds like some kind of   Hitler remedy 
              G                  C 
Living in the wasteland of the free 
 
F             C 
Whilst we sit gloating in our greatness 
E                         Am 
Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea 
F               G                  C 
  Living in the wasteland of the free 
F               G                  C 
  Living in the wasteland of the free 
F               G                  C 
  Living in the wasteland of the free 
		  

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