Have Mercy On The Criminal
Words:Bernard Taupin
Music:Elton John
Performed By:  Elton John
Copyright:© 1972 Dick James Music Limited
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Have you heard the dogs at night somewhere on the hill?
Chasing some poor criminal and I guess they're out to kill.
Oh there must be shackles on his feet and mother in his eyes.
Stumbling through devil-dark with the hound pack in full cry.

Have mercy on the criminal who is running from the law.
Are you blind to the wind of change? Don't you hear him anymore?
Praying Lord you gotta help me. I am never gonna sin again
Just take these chains from round my legs. Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend.

Now have you ever seen the white teeth gleam while you lie on a cold damp ground?
You're taking in the face of a rifle butt while the wardens hold you down.
And you've never seen a friend in years. Oh, it turns your heart to stone.
You jump the walls and the dogs run free, and the grave's gonna be your home.

Have mercy on the criminal who is running from the law.
Are you blind to the wind of change? Don't you hear him anymore?
Praying Lord you gotta help me. I am never gonna sin again
Just take these chains from round my legs. Sweet Jesus I'll be your friend.
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