It's Tough To Be A God

Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Available on the Album The Road To Eldorado

D7  Gm

D7
I hardly think I'm qualified
Gm
To come across all sanctified
D/7                               Gm
I just don't cut it with the cherubim
D7
The town's already on it's knees
Gm
Being worshipped is a breeze
Eb                Cm           Dsus4 D7
I barely know the words to any hymn

Listen if we don't comply
With the locals' wishes
I can see is being sacrificed or stuffed
Let's be Gods, the perks are great
El Dorado on a plate
Local feelings should not be rebuffed

      Gm
It's tough to be a God
            Cm
Tread where mortals have not trod
   Dsus4       D7              Gm
Be defied when really you're a sham
      F         Bb
Be an object of devotion
       F          Bb
Be the subject of psalms
       G/B        Cm
It's a terrifying notion
          G/B              Cm
All those prayers and thos salaams
    Ab
Any normal man would bridle
        G7
If he's forced to be an idol
      Ab           G7/B           Cm
And a normal man's exactly what I am

All the same it's pretty clear
The bastards don't keep much up here
They must have zillions under lock and key
But Gods can force then to unleash
Enough to make us nouveau riche
Beyond our wildest dreams so follow me

Can't you see I won't relax
If religious maniacs
Tell me I'm all-powerful and sublime
How can I be their belief
When I'm lying through my teeth
Why don't we just say some other time

It's tough to be a God
But if you get the people's nod
Count your blessings, keep them sweet is my advice
Be nirvana be salvation
Be all things to all men
Butter up your congregation
Every Sunday score a ten
The alternative is dire
Simply frying pan to fire
   Ab              G7/B         Cm   Ab  Bb  C
So sign on two new Gods for paradise

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