Give the Devil His Due

from by Bob Wright and Bill Doerge

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GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE
(capo 2)
© Bob Wright
Em
I was following behind her and she
D
stopped beside a pool
In a sun swept little clearing where
Em
the air was turning cool
She turned around to face me and
D
she said this place’ll do
Looked me dead straight in the eyes
Em
and said I was a fool

Em
I didn’t mean to hit her it just
D
happened with a crack
She didn’t flinch or move an inch
Em
just straightened up her back
a harder look I’ve never seen and
D
I knew that was that
I watched her as she walked away and
Em
something in me snapped

(chorus)
D
They say the devil’s
Em
gonna get his due
G D
I admit I never thought
A
that it was true
But truth seems like it’s just a
Em
sucker’s game

Bm
When the flames of hate are blazing
Em
in your brain




Em
The dogs they start to barkin’ like a
D
Lloyd Loar mandolin
When the wind comes off the mountains and the
Em
leaves begin to spin
And October wears a coat of frost
D
that’s thick and cold as sin
And I don’t believe its love that
Em
brought me back to her again


(chorus)
D
They say the devil’s
Em
gonna get his due
G D
I admit I never thought
A
that it was true
But truth seems like it’s just a
Em
sucker’s game
Bm
When the flames of hate are blazing
Em
in your brain


Em
I saw her daddy in the door and I
D
shot him once or twice
I coulda shot him more but he had
Em
always been real nice
She was standing there behind him
D
there was lightning in her eyes
And I said I think its time for you to
Em
beg me for your life

But she just held her ground there
D
and in a whisper soft
She told me I was damaged and she
Em
told me I was lost
She said let us pray together and she
D
handed me a cross
But as I kneeled in front of her I
Em
heard a gun go off

(chorus)
D
They say the devil’s
Em
gonna get his due
G D
I admit I never thought
A
that it was true
But truth seems like it’s just a
Em
sucker’s game
Bm
When the flames of hate are blazing
Em
in your brain
Em
she knelt beside her father
D
and she stroked his graying hair
my eyes were glazing over
Em
it was hard to swallow air
And as my life was oozing out a
D
voice said, “Follow me
You thought that she belonged to you…
Em
But you belong to me”


(chorus)
D
They say the devil’s
Em
gonna get his due
G D
I admit I never thought
A
that it was true
But truth seems like it’s just a
Em
sucker’s game
Bm
When the flames of hate are blazing
Em
in your brain

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from Hamburger Sandwich, released January 1, 2014

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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