The Law

©Leonard Cohen, released on Various Positions (1984)

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How many times did you call me

And I knew it was late

I left everybody

But I never went straight

I don't claim to be guilty

But I do understand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

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Now my heart's like a blister

From doing what I do

If the moon has a sister

It's got to be you

I'm going to miss you forever

Tho' it's not what I planned

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

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Now the deal has been dirty

Since dirty began

I'm not asking for mercy

Not from the man

You just don't ask for mercy

While you're still on the stand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

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I don't claim to be guilty

Guilty's too grand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

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That's all I can say, baby

That's all I can say

It wasn't for nothing

That they put me away

I fell with my angel

Down the chain of command

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

There's a Law, there's an Arm, there's a Hand

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