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Intro: Bb  F  Gm  F

Verse:
Bb                F                            Gm            F - ONE STRUM -
Dear Mr President, come take a walk with me
            Bb                           F
Lets pretend, we're just two people and, you're not better than me,
          Gm                                   F
I'd like to, ask you some questions if we could, speak honestly.


Eb               Cm                 Bb                     F
What do you feel when you see the homeless on the street?
Eb             Cm                 Bb                   F
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?
Eb              Cm                     Gm        F
What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
           Eb              Eb    
Are you proud?

Chorus:
            Bb               F          Cm     Cm       Eb
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
            Bb             F             Cm              Eb
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
             Bb             F         Cm        Cm       Eb
How do you walk with your head held high?
               Gm     F         Eb    
Can you even look me in the eye?

And tell me why

Interlude: Bb  F  Gm  F

Verse:
Bb                 F
Dear Mr president, were you a lonley boy
Gm                     F
Were you a lonley boy?
                Bb                        F
How can you say, no child is left behind
                                    Gm
we're not dumb, and we're not blind
                                  F
They're all sitting in your cells

while you pave the road to hell


Eb              Cm                        Bb                 F
What kind of father might take his own daughter right away?
Eb                 Cm                          Bb                     F
And what kind of father might hates his own daughter if she were gay?
Eb                                 Gm           F
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
              Eb                           Eb    
you've come a long way, from whiskey and cocaine

Chorus:
            Bb               F          Cm     Cm      Eb
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
            Bb            F              Cm             Eb
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
             Bb                  F       Cm      Cm     Eb
How do you walk with your head held high?
             Gm       F        Eb    
Can you even look me in the eye?

Bridge:
                      Bb       F
Let me tell you 'bot hard work
          Cm                     Eb
minimum wage with a baby on the way
                      Bb         F
Let me tell you 'bot hard work
                  Cm                              Eb
Re-building your house after the bombs took them away
                       Bb        F
Let me tell you 'bout hard work
           Cm                       Eb
building a bed out of a cardboard box
                      Bb          F          Cm     Cm     Eb
Let me tell you 'bout hard work, hard work, hard work
                             Gm         F
You don't know nothing 'bout hard work, hard work
     Eb          Eb     - hold -
Hard work!


Bb       F         Cm     Eb
How do you sleep at night?
Bb       F        Cm        Am         Eb        C         Bb
How do you walk, with    your      head   held      high

Outro:
Bb                F                                 Gm     F - hold -
Dear Mr president you'd never take a walk with me

ummm, would you.    
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3 Comments

  1. Strumming pattern?

  2. I play-1 because it fits my voice best, but Bm just doesn’t sound right. Any ideas what to play instead?

  3. gildishchambino

    -3 is easier

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