The Butcher chords

Leonard Cohen

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I came upon a butcher,  
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he was slaughtering a lamb,  
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I accused him there  
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with his tortured lamb.  
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He said "Listen to me, child,  
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I am what I am  
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and you, you are my only son."  

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Well, I found a silver needle,  
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I put it into my arm.  
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It did some good,  
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did some harm.  
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But the nights were cold  
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and it almost kept me warm,  
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how come the night is long?  

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I saw some flowers growing up  
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where that lamb fell down;  
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was I supposed to praise my Lord,  
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make some kind of joyful sound?  
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He said, "Listen, listen to me now,  
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I go round and round  
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and you, you are my only child."  

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Do not leave me now,  
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do not leave me now,  
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I'm broken down  
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from a recent fall.  
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Blood upon my body  
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and ice upon my soul,  
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lead on, my son, it is your world. 

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