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The Green Fields of France Chords

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The Green Fields of France

G | G | C | Am | D | D | G | D | 

Verse 1: 
     G          Em        C      Am 
Well how do you do, young Willie McBride. 
       D         D             C            D 
Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside? 
     G        Em            C           Am 
I'll rest for awhile in the warm summer sun. 
          D           D        C          G 
I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done. 

      G            Em                  C        Am 
And I see by your gravestone, you were only nineteen 
         D               D         G D 
When you joined the dead heroes in 1915. 
        G             Em           C             Am 
Well, I hope you died quick, and I hope you died clean. 
    D        D             C          G 
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene? 
D D C G Did they beat the drum slowly; did they sound the fifes lowly; D D C G Did the rifles fire o'er you as they lowered you down? C C G G Did the bugle play The Last Post and Chorus; C Am D C G Did the pipes play The Flowers of the Forest?
Verse 2: G Em C D And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind; D D C G In some faithful heart are you forever enshrined? G Em C D And, though you died back in 1915, D D C G In some faithful heart are you forever 19? G Em C Am Or are you a stranger without even a name, D D C D Enshrined forever behind a glass frame, G Em C Am In an old photograph, torn & tattered & stained, D D C G And fading to yellow in a bound leather frame? Chorus Verse 3: G Em C Am Well, the sun, it shines down on these green field of France. D D C G The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance. G Em C G The trenches have vanished now, under the plow. D D C G No gas and no barbed wire, no guns fire now. G Em C Am But here in this graveyard it's still no man's land. D D C D And the countless white crosses in mute witness stand G Em C Am To man's blind indifference to his fellow man. D D C G A whole generation were butchered & damned. Chorus Verse 3: G Em C Am Well, I can't help but wonder now, Willie McBride, D D C C Do all those who lie here know why they died? G Em C G Did you really believe them when they told you the cause? D D C G Did you really believe this war would end all wars? G Em C Am Well, the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame, D D C C The killling, the dying, it was all done in vain. G Em C Am For William McBride, it's all happened again, D D C G And again, and again, and again, and again. Chorus Ending: | G | G | C | Am | D | D | C | G

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