Tim Minchin – Thank You God chords

"Thank You God" by Tim Minchin

Tuning: Standard

F CI have an apology to make,
DmI'm afraid I've made a big mistake,
Cadd4 CI turned my face away from You, Lord.
F CI was too blind to see the light,
DmI was too weak to feel your might,
Cadd4 CI closed my eyes, I couldn't see the truth, Lord.
E AmBut then like Saul on the Damascus road,
E AmYou sent a messenger to me, and so,
FI have had the truth revealed to me,
EmPlease forgive me all those things I said,
FI'll no longer betray you, Lord,
GI will pray to you instead.
Bb F CAnd I will say thank you, thank you, thank you God.
Bb F CThank you, thank you, thank you God.
C GThank you God, for fixing the cataracts of Sam's mum.
I had no idea but it's suddenly so clear,
C C7Now I feel such a cynic how could I have been so dumb?
FThank you for displaying how praying works,
CA particular prayer in a particular church,
D GThank you Sam, for the chance to acknowledge this omnipotent ophthalmologist.
C GThank you God, for fixing the cataracts of Sam's mum.
I didn't realise that it was so simple,
C C7But you've shown a great example of just how it can be done,
FYou only need to pray in a particular spot,
CTo a particular version of a particular god,
DAnd if you pull that off without a hitch,
GHe will fix one eye of one middle-class white bitch.
Am Fdim7I know in the past my outlook has been limited,
Am Fdim7I couldn't see examples of where life had been divinitive,
F CBut I can admit it when the evidence is clear,
D GAs clear as Sam's mum's new cornea.
That's extremely clear! Extremely clear!
C GThank you God, for fixing the cataracts of Sam's mum.
I have to admit that in the past I have been skeptical,
C C7But Sam described this miracle and I am overcome.
FHow fitting that the sighting of a sight-based intervention,
CShould open my eyes to this exciting new dimension.
DIt's like someone put an eye chart on the wall in front of me,
GAnd the top five letters say I-C-G-O-D.
C GThank you Sam, for showing how my point of view has been so flawed.
I assumed there was no God at all but now I see that's cynical,
C C7It's simply that His interests aren't particularly broad.
FHe's largely undiverted by the starving masses,
COr the inequality between the various classes.
DHe gives out strictly limited passes,
GRedeemable for surgery or two-for-one glasses.
Am Fdim7I feel so shocking for historically mocking.
Am Fdim7No, your interests are clearly confined to the ocular.
F CI bet given the chance you'd eschew the divine,
D GAnd start a little business selling contacts online.
C GFuck me Sam, what are the odds that of history's endless parade of gods,
C7That the god that you just happen to be taught to believe in is the actual one and he
digs on healing,
F CBut not the AIDS-ridden African nations, or the victims of the plague, or the
flood-addled Asians,
D GBut healthy, privately-insured Australians, with common and curable corneal degeneration?
Am Fdim7This story of Sam's has but a single explanation:
Am Fdim7A surgical god who digs on magic operations.
Am Fdim7No it couldn't be mistaken attribution of causation,
Am Fdim7Born of a coincidental temporal correlation,
Am Fdim7Exacerbated by a general lack of education,
Am Fdim7Vis-a-vis physics in Sam's parish congregation.
F CAnd it couldn't be that all these pious people are liars.
F CIt couldn't be an artifact of confirmation bias.
FA product of group-think,
Cdim7 A mass delusion,
G Fdim7An Emperor's-New-Clothes-style fear of exclusion.
Am Fdim7No it's more likely to be an all-powerful magician,
Am Fdim7Than the misdiagnosis of the initial condition,
Am Fdim7Or one of many cases of spontaneous remission,
Am Fdim7Or a record-keeping glitch by the local physician.
F CNo, the only explanation for Sam's mum seeing:
F CThey prayed to an all-knowing super-being.
F Cdim7To the omnipresent master of the universe,
G Fdim7And he liked the sound of their muttered verse.
Am GSo for a bit of a change from his usual stunt,
F EmOf being a sexist, racist, murderous cunt,
F EmHe popped down to Dandenong and just like that,
F Cdim7Used his powers to heal the cataracts,
G G#Of Sam's mum.
AOf Sam's mum.
D AThank you God, for fixing the cataracts of Sam's mum.
I didn't realise that it was such a simple thing.
DI feel such a ding-a-ling, what an ignorant scum.
GNow I understand how prayer can work,
DA particular prayer in a particular church,
GIn a particular style, with the particular stuff,
DAnd for particular problems that aren't particularly tough,
GAnd for particular people, preferably white,
DAnd for particular senses, preferably sight,
GA particular prayer in a particular spot,
Fdim7 To a particular version of a particular god.
AAnd if you get that right, he just might,
GTake a break from giving babies malaria,
DAnd pop down to your local area,
E A DTo fix the cataracts of your mum.
A DHallelujah!
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