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Intro -x2-: Em G Bm A

Verse:
Em          G
  You've got a hold of me
Bm             A
  Don't even know your power
Em       G
  I stand a hundred feet
Bm                A
  But I fall when I'm around you

Pre-Chorus:
Em       G
  Show me an open door
Bm                  A
  Then you go and slam it on me
Em      G
 I can't take anymore
Bm           A
 I'm saying baby

Chorus:
             Em         G
Please have mercy on me
        Bm          A
Take it easy on my heart
                       Em             G
Even though you don't mean to hurt me
          Bm          A
You keep tearing me apart
                     Em     G     Bm      A
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart
                     Em     G     Bm      A
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart

Verse:
Em      G
 I'd drive through the night
Bm           A
 Just to be near you baby
Em        G
 Heart old and testified
Bm            A  
 Tell me that I'm not crazy

Pre-Chorus:
Em             G
 I'm not asking for a lot
Bm                 A
 Just that you're honest with me
Em       G
 My pride is all I got
Bm           A
 I'm saying baby

Chorus:
             Em         G
Please have mercy on me
        Bm          A
Take it easy on my heart
                       Em             G
Even though you don't mean to hurt me
          Bm          A
You keep tearing me apart
                       Em         G
Would you please have mercy on me
       Bm               A
I'm a puppet on your string
                         Em              G   
And even though you got good intentions
       Bm             A
I need you to set me free
                     Em     G     Bm      A
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart
                     Em     G     Bm      A
Would you please have mercy, mercy on my heart

Bridge:
    G              Bm7
Consuming all the air inside my lungs
 D                A
Ripping all the skin from off my bones
G                Bm7
I'm prepared to sacrifice my life
          D            A
I would gladly do it twice
    G              Bm7
Consuming all the air inside my lungs
 D                A
Ripping all the skin from off my bones
G                Bm7
I'm prepared to sacrifice my life
          D            A
I would gladly do it twice

Chorus:
             Em         G
Please have mercy on me
        Bm          A
Take it easy on my heart
                       Em             G
Even though you don't mean to hurt me
          Bm          A
You keep tearing me apart
                       Em         G
Would you please have mercy on me
       Bm               A
I'm a puppet on your string
                         Em              G   
And even though you got good intentions
       Bm             A
I need you to set me free
                   Em     G     Bm      A
I'm begging you for mercy, mercy on my heart
                   Em     G     Bm      A
I'm begging you for mercy, mercy on my heart

Outro: Em G Bm A
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31 Comments

  1. What’s the strumming pattern

  2. Emunah Hekmati

    How do you strum

  3. brianacannata

    can someone please explain what -1 or -2 is lol

    • Basically if you put the capo on the first fret your uku becomes one level higher pitch so you play chords that are one level lower and so on

  4. -1 if you want to play it the way he sings it live (might be difficult for some but we love a challenge !)

  5. That’s sooo helpful thank you saudadia

  6. Instead of an A for the last note, I play a G. A doesn’t really go with the rest of the song. (This is when I transpose it to -2(also the A might be a typo and Am might be the end, but G sounds better in my opinion either way))

  7. saudadia

    caso i find that a casual ‘d, d, u, u , d, u’ works well with this (also, i believe -2 sounds the best)

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