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Published on Feb 8, 2009
This is a video-fan dedicated to Diamanda, her commitment and her fight against Dead Penalty. This Phil Ochs´ cover is one of my favourites, a mix of sadness and rage. When will the human race stop the killing?
Have you seen the iron lady's charms? Legs of steel, leather on her arms Taking on a man to die A life for a life, an eye for an eye And death's the iron lady in the chair
Stop the murder, deter the crimes away Only killing shows killing doesn't pay Yeah, that's the kind of law it takes Even though we make mistakes Sometimes send the wrong woman to the chair
In the death row waiting for their turn No time to change, not a chance to learn Waiting for someone to call Say it's over after all They won't have to face the justice of the chair
Just before they serve her one last meal Shave her head, they ask her how she feels Then the warden comes to say goodbye Reporters come to watch him die Watch him as he's strapped into the chair
And the chaplain, he reads the final prayer Be brave my daughter, the Lord is waiting there Oh, murder is so wrong you see Both the Bible and the courts agree That the state's allowed to murder in the chair
In the courtroom, watch the balance of the scales If the price is right, there's time for more appeals The strings are pulled, the switch is stayed The finest lawyers' fees are paid And a rich man never dies upon the chair
Have you seen the iron lady's charms? Legs of steel, leather on her arms Taking on a man to die A life for a life, an eye for an eye That's the iron lady in the chair