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Mercy for the sinner


(Spoken):
Every now and then, when you're feelin' real confident in your spiritual walk,
But you have to nod your head and raise an eyebrow of suspicion about everybody else,
Remember this:

In the temple court on a normal day
Is where a Pharisee and tax collector started to pray (started to pray, started to pray, started to pray)
He couldn't think at all of anybody else
So the Pharisee decided he would pray of himself (nobody else, he'd pray of himself)
He thought, Lord before I thank you now for what I've got
I'd like to thank you just a little bit for who I am not (thank you Lord I'm not like the sinners, all the other sinners, all the other sinners)
I'm not a robber or a thief, evil I could never be
An adulterer is surely anybody but me (surely anybody but me)
You see I fast a lot, and well I've got the strength
And I'm proud to say I give a liberal tenth (I'm so proud to be recognized for what I am not)
And at the back of the temple in a humble spread,
The tax collector bowed
He wouldn't raise his head
He said

Chorus:
(Have mercy on me) Lord have mercy on me a sinner, a sinner (sinner)
(Cause I wanna be free) I just wanna be free, deliver, deliver
(Sinful dilemma) Got myself in a sinful dilemma, dilemma
(You can set my soul free forever) But you can set my soul free forever
(Have mercy on me) Lord have mercy on me a sinner, a sinner (sinner)
(Cause I wanna be free) I just wanna be free, deliver, deliver
(Sinful dilemma) Got myself in a sinful dilemma, dilemma
(You can set my soul free forever) But you can set my soul free forever

(Spoken):
Only one of the two were justified before God
But be sure of this:
Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled
And everyone who humbles himself shall be exalted

Repeat Chorus (with stepouts)

Said I need some mercy
Hey, I'm pleadin', I'm beggin'
Hey, said I need some mercy
I'm a sinner but I wanna be free
Have mercy on me
Please
Have mercy on me, on me
Will you have mercy...

         

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