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The Fureys - The Green Fields Of France (Chord)
Submitter: cotswoldkid (250) on 11/12/18
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The Green Fields Of France. (No Man's Land)
The Fureys.

G                           C         Am
Well how do you do, Private William McBride?
       D                       G             D
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside,
         G                Bm7    C           Am
And I'll rest for a while in the warm summer sun?
          D                         C          G
I've been walking all day long, and I'm nearly done,
                         D        Am
I see by your gravestone you were only 19,
         D                             G D
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,
        G        D    G            Am   D        Am
Well, I hope you died quick, and I hope you died clean,
   D                      C          G
Or Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?

Chorus:
         D
Did they beat the drums slowly,
         C              G
Did they sound the fife lowly,
        D                         C           G
Did the rifles fire o' ye as they lowered you down?
        C                        D
Did the bugle sing The Last Post in chorus?
        G     Am7      C              D   G  C D G
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

                         Bm7       C       Am
And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind,
   D                           G        D
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined?
G                           C  Am
And though you died back in 1916,
   D                        G  C   G  C6
To that loyal heart are you always 19?
       G              Bm7     Am
Or are you a stranger without even a name,
   D       D7       G               D
Forever enshrined behind some glass pane,
      G        D      G/A      Am
In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained,
    D                     C              G
And fading to yellow in a brown, leather frame.

Chorus:
         D
Did they beat the drums slowly,
         C              G
Did they sound the fife lowly,
        D                         C           G
Did the rifles fire o' ye as they lowered you down?
        C                        D
Did the bugle sing The Last Post in chorus?
        G     Am7      C              D   G  C D G
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

                              Bm7         C         Am
Well the sun's shining now on these green fields of France,
    D                              G           D
The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance,
    G                           C         Am
The trenches have vanished long under the plow,
   D                          C           G   C6
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now,
    G                             Am
But here in this graveyard that's still No Manís Land,
    D               D7         G            D
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand,
   G           Gmaj7           Am
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man,
      D               Dmaj7     C             G
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

Chorus:
         D
Did they beat the drums slowly,
         C              G
Did they sound the fife lowly,
        D                         C           G
Did the rifles fire o' ye as they lowered you down?
        C                        D
Did the bugle sing The Last Post in chorus?
        G     Am7      C              D   G  C D G
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

                             Bm7   C     Am
And I can't help but wonder, my Willie McBride,
   D                       G             D
Do all those who lie here, know why they died?
        G                             C                 Am
Did you really believe them when they told you the 'The Cause?'
    D                        C             G    C6
You really believe that this war would end wars?
    G                          Am
The suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame,
    D                          G           D
The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,
    G                  Bm7 Am
For Willie McBride, it all happened again,
    D                     C          G
And again, and again, and again, and again!

Chorus:
         D
Did they beat the drums slowly,
         C              G
Did they sound the fife lowly,
        D                         C           G
Did the rifles fire o' ye as they lowered you down?
        C                        D
Did the bugle sing The Last Post in chorus?
        G     Am7      C              D   G  
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?
        C                        D
Did the bugle sing The Last Post in chorus?
        G     Am7      C              D   G  C D G
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

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