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I Don't Want Your Pardon


E C E I don't want your pardon, don't want your amnesty. C D E Don't you smile with Christian sympathising. C E Don't you tell me you're forgiving me. C D E I am doing no apologising.

I didn't kill no children; I didn't burn no towns.
I didn't leave no country nothing but craters.
Those who did are your kind of good clean kids,
While those of us who would not, you call traitors.


G D E Well, save your pardon for the ones who really need it. G D E I'm not ashamed to do what I had to do. G G/F# E I'm the one who understands, had no blood upon my hands. C D E Maybe someday soon we'll see about pardoning you.

Hey, you think your forgiveness is everything on earth,
Something so important that I'd pay plenty.
Let me ask you: How much was it worth
To pardon that old man in San Clemente?

So save your pardon for the ones who really need it.
I'm not ashamed to do what I had to do.
I'm the one who understands, had no blood upon my hands.
Maybe someday soon we'll see about pardoning you.

So I don't want your pardon, don't want your amnesty.
Don't you smile with Christian sympathising.
Don't you tell me you're forgiving me.
I am doing no apologising.
Don't you tell me you're forgiving me.
I am doing no apologising
.

(Words and music by Tom Paxton, 1975)

Notes: The song was originally published in "Come for to Sing" Magazine Vol. 7, No. 2, but the chords given on the magazine were completely wrong. The magazine also said that "the song will be on Tom's next Private Stock album", while it didn't wind up on any album. It was performed at the famous "End of the War" celebration concert, which was organised by Phil Ochs on 11th May 1975.


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