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The Haves and the Have-Nots

Written, and (unfortunately) performed, by Mark Katsouros ("http://katsouros.com").
G                            D
 Sometimes we like to take a long drive on Sundays
     Am                           C               D
 And look at open houses we can't possibly afford
G                        D
 Imagine what it must be like to be that rich
Am                             C              D D+p D
 This is what the poor do when they get bored

G                    D
 So we go into these fairy-tale houses
Am                       C               D
 Big front porches, with columns like in Rome
G                              D
 And then we drive back to our own reality
     Am                           C                  D D+p D
 Our falling-apart and no-cash-to-fix-it little home

           C                  D
Chorus #1:  The haves and the have-nots
           C                  G      D
            Two very distinct communities
           C                  D
            The haves and the have-nots
                G              D              C          C+p C
            Oh, how I wish the haves included you and me

G                            D
 We went to look at this one palace yesterday
    Am                        C                  D
 As fancy and as beautiful as any house could be
G                             D
 Three-car garage, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace
Am                           C                  D     D+p D
 Huge gourmet kitchen, and a first-floor master suite

G                        D
 But on their beautiful Italian-marble mantle
    Am                                 C                 D
 We couldn't help but notice next to a single white rose
G                         D
 They kept some laminated newspaper clippings
  Am                                   C               D D+p D
 About their teenage son who died from a drug overdose

           C                  D
Chorus #2:  The haves and the have-nots
           C                    G          D
            It's not-about what money buys
           C                  D
            The haves and the have-nots
               G                   D                   C        C+p C
            It seems the have-nots have-more than they re-alize

Bridge:  Em Em+p...

G                                     D
 The-owners-of-this-fancy-house first seemed to have it all
      Am                       C           D
 But, in reality, we just have so much more
G                               D
 Sometimes we lose sight of the riches in our lives
    Am                           C             D D+p D
 We need to know the meanings of rich and poor

G                      D
 So I looked at my own bored, six-year-old son
          Am                                C                D
 Realized this'd-be the-last-new-house we'd ever need to see
G                    D
 Thanked God for the blessings in my life
        Am                              C                         D D+p D
 We got in our beater car, pumped three times, and turned the key

           C                          D
Chorus #3:  Who-are-the haves and the have-nots?
           C                  G      D
            Two very distinct communities
           C                  D
            The haves and the have-nots
                G                   D       C
            Oh, it would seem  "the haves"  include us three
                  G                   D       C
            Yeah, it would seem  "the haves"  describe us to a tee
                G                D            C
            And maybe that's the way that God intended things to be
            G               D               C          C+p C Gr G+1r Gr+2
            Maybe there's a lesson here for you and me

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