Capo 2nd fret Am - G/A Am - G/A Am Dsus4 D You stand outside the ER doors waitin' for your ride, Gadd9 Am - G/A Too exhausted now to find a place to sit. Am Dsus4 D Three straight shifts on different floors, seven times you cried, Gadd9 Am - G/A And a hundred times you swore you were gonna quit. Dm Am Washin' them, dosin' them, turnin' them on their side, Dm7 E Talkin' to them, consolin' them as they lie there terrified. F G Am You're lucky if you get to sleep two hours out of ten, F G Am And when you finally drift in deep, it's time to do it all again. F G Am D Dm Bleary-eyed, teary-eyed from workin' dusk till dawn, G/D Am - G/A Am - G/A But you go on.
Yesterday you lined the halls for someone goin' home,
Cheerin' as you shed some joyful tears.
But today you watch the hammer fall on those you call your own;
You're livin' through the sum of all your fears.
Holdin' up their cellphone tryin' not to cry
As the families all sit at home sayin' their goodbyes.
You're lucky if you get to sleep two hours out of ten,
And when you finally drift in deep, it's time to do it all again.
Bleary-eyed, teary-eyed from workin' dusk till dawn,
But you go on.
Am Dsus4 D A friend comes out to join you as you sneak a cigarette. Am Dsus4 D You clearly see you could be the next to go, and yet Am - G/A Am - G/A You go on. Am - G/A Amadd9 You go on.
(Words and music by Tom Paxton and Jon Vezner, 2021)
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