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The Finish Line
By Steve Taylor.
Figured out by Craig and Terry Barnes.

Once upon an average morn, an average boy was born for the second time.
Prone upon the alter there, he whispered up a prayer he'd kept hid inside.
The vision came, you saw the odds, a hundred little gods on a gilded wheel.
These will vie to take your place, but father by your grace I will never
And I saw you upright and proud, and I saw you wave to the crowd, 
          C                                                 G              
Eb,  F
and I saw you laughing out loud at the Philistines.
           G                                                  A
And I saw you, brush away rocks, and I saw you pull up you socks,
          C                                                  G             
and I saw you out of the blocks for the finish line.
Darkness falls, the devil stirs and as your vision blurs you start
C                                                            G             
                             D                        Bb, C
The heart is weak, the will is gone and every strong conviction comes
tumbling down.
Malice reigns the acid guile sucking at your shoes while the mud is fresh.
    C                                                       G              
                   D                       Bb, C
It floods the trail, it bleeds you dry as every little god buys it's pound
of flesh.
           D                                                      E        
And I saw you, licking your wounds, and I saw you weave  your cocoons,
          C             G                                      D           
         Bb, C
and I saw you changing your tunes for the party line.
           D                                                    E          
And I saw you welch on old debts, I saw you and Your comrades Bum
                C                                                  G       
                              D                    Bb, C
and you hemmed, and you hawed and you hedged all your bets waiting for a
Eb                                        C                            Eb  
Let's wash our hands as we throw little fits, lets all wash our hands as we
curse hypocrites,
           Ab                                 Eb                       Bb  
we're locked in a wash room, turning old tricks, Deaf, and joyless, and
full of it, Oh!
The vision came you saw the odds, a hundred little gods on a gilded wheel.
                           C                  B
These have tried to take your place, but father by your grace I will never
           C                   B
I will never kneel.
C                                                                         D
Off in the distance, bloodied, but wise, as you squint with the light of
the truth in your eyes.
           C                                                           D
And I saw you, both hands were raised, and I saw your lips move in praise, 
           Bb                         F                  C
and I saw you staring you gaze for the finish line.
Every idol like dust, a word scattered them all, and I rose to my feet when
you scaled the last wall,
         Bb                                  F                             
C                 Eb, F
and I gasped when I saw you fall in his arms at the finish line.
           C               Eb, F   C        Eb, F         C
At the finish line,             Ohhhhhhhh at the finish line.

Steve Taylor is a dead set ledgend! I hope that he will write one
more album and tour Australia before he dies for real or puts his
back out completely.

Comments about this tab

neowwwone - 2012-02-05

Hi, Im not sure how these chords fit as they are all over the place.... have I missed something?

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