A Church Is Burning

   (Eb)    Bb Ab Eb Bb Eb               Ab Bb Eb Bb Eb
A church is burning,     the flames rise higher
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Like hands that are praying aglow in the sky
Bb    Eb                         Ab Gm Fm Eb
Like hands that are praying the fire   is saying
          Ab            Eb         Bb7         Eb    Bb
"You can burn down my churches but I shall be free."

Fm                            Eb
Three hooded men through the back-roads did creep
Fm                                Eb
Torches in their hands while the village lies asleep
Ab      Fm    Eb               Db        Eb
Down to the churches where just  hours before
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Voices were singing and hands were  beating
   Ab       Bb Eb          Bb7      Eb
And  saying I  won't be a slave anymore

A church is burning, the flames rise higher
Like hands that are praying aglow in the sky
Like hands that are praying the fire is saying
"You can burn down my churches but I shall be free."

Fm                       Eb
Three hooded men, their hands lit the spark
           Fm                           Eb
Then they faded in the night and they vanished in the dark
            Ab        Fm  Eb              Ab          Fm  Eb
And in the cold light of morning there's nothing that remains
         Ab         Eb         Bb7       Eb
But the ashes of a Bible and a can of kerosene.

A church is burning, the flames rise higher
Like hands that are praying aglow in the sky
Like hands that are praying the fire is saying
"You can burn down my churches but I shall be free."

A church is more than timber and stone
And freedom is a dark road when you're walking it alone,
But the future is now and it's time to take a stand
So the lost bells of freedom can ring out in my land.

A church is burning the flames rise higher
Like hands that are praying aglow in the sky
Like hands that are praying the fire is saying
          Ab       Fm     Eb  Cm    Ab Bb  Ab  Fm   Eb
"You can burn down my churches  but I    shall be free."

Bb  Eb  Fm  Eb  Bb Eb
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"The Paul Simon Songbook", 1965