Father Explains

Intro: G  D  C  Em x4 

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His bare feet are calloused, he hikes up his pants
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His mother says "Son you're too young for the ranks"
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We need food for our family not airplanes and tanks
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And that's where the moneys all gone

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Eight brothers and sisters, but three of them died
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Caught out in the marketplace with nowhere to hide
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The boy thinks God may be over on the devil's side
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Where the line in the sand has been drawn

         D
Father's screaming now "Somebody put out the light 
If God wills it now we'll be in heaven tonight"
    Em                             C     B
(Oh yeah) The bombs came down like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Hit the ground like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Nothing sounds like steel rain
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"It's our lot in life, son" his father explains
G  D  C  Em      G  D  C  Em

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When the total of life has been suffering and hate
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Death on the doorsteps and endless debate
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Then God only knows how much blood it will take
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Before someone makes right all the wrong

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So bitter and hardened, too old for his age
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The boy screams his madness, succumbs to his rage
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Now he's just another death on the bottom of the page
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And that's how the story goes on

         D
Father's screaming now "Somebody put out the light 
If God wills it now we'll be in heaven tonight"
    Em                             C     B
(Oh yeah) The bombs came down like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Hit the ground like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Nothing sounds like steel rain
          C      D              C        Em
"It's our lot in life, daughter" her father explains

Solo Em       |: G  D  C  Em  :| x4

         D
Father's screaming now "Somebody put out the light 
If God wills it now we'll be in heaven tonight"
    Em                             C     B
(Oh yeah) The bombs came down like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Hit the ground like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Nothing sounds like steel rain
          C      D              C        Em
"It's our lot in life, son" his father explains
    Em                             C     B
(Oh yeah) The bombs came down like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Hit the ground like steel rain
    Em                        C     B
(Oh yeah) Nothing sounds like steel rain
          C      D              C        Em
"It's our lot in life, daughter" her father explains

G  D  C  Em  x8

Music by Daniel Amos, Words by T.S. Taylor 1991 Twitchen Vibes/Brainstorm Artists Int'l. ASCAP/BMI
Transcribed by B+ Chords
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