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Diamanda Galás - Iron Lady

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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

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  • Song

  • Artist

    • Diamanda Galás
  • Album

    • Malediction And Prayer
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • [Merlin] Virtual Label LLC (on behalf of Mute); CMRRA, UMPG Publishing, and 2 Music Rights Societies

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