Fred Smith

Dust Of Urazgan

Fred Smith

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Dust Of Urazgan

	  		

I don't have the same fingering skills, so I have had to simplify the chords for my skill level.   
Holding off on the Cadd9 change and carrying it over to the G - D line works for some verse. 

Dust Of Uruzghan ? Fred Smith 

D                                            Cadd9 
In the ring they called me ?Warlord?, my mother calls me Paul 
G                                         D 
You can call me Private Warren when your filing your report 
D                                            Cadd9 
As to how I came to be here this is what I understand 
G                                         D 
In this hospital in Germany from the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                   Cadd9 
I had just turned 28, just bought a new car 
G                                         D 
When I joined the first Battalion of the Big One RAR 
D                                       Cadd9 
We were next up for deployment into south Afghanistan 
G                                         D 
To combat the insurgence in the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
It took seven months of training just to get into the joint 
G                                         D 
There were pushups and procedures there was death by power point 
D                              Cadd9 
Then the RSOI course in Ali Al Salaam 
G                                         D 
But nothing can prepare you for the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                      Cadd9 
Me and Benny sat together flying into Kandahar 
G                                         D 
Sucked back on our near beers in the Camp Baker Bar 
D                                     Cadd9 
Then up at 0530 we were on the Herc and out 
G                                         D 
Twenty flying minutes we were in to Tarin Kowt 

D                                            Cadd9 
We shook hands as the boys Ripped out from MRTF one 
G                                         D 
And pretty soon were out patrolling in the Afghan summer sun 
D                                            Cadd9 
Walking through the green zone with a Styer in my hand 
G                                         D 
Body armor chafing through the dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
We started up near Chora working 14 hours a day 
G                                         D 
Mentoring a Kandak from the Afghan 4th brigade 
D                                            Cadd9 
Down through the Baluchi into eastern Dorafshan 
G                                         D 
Working under open skies in the dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
It?s a long way from Townsville not like any place you?ll see 
G                                         D 
Suddenly you?re walking through from the 14th century 
D                                            Cadd9 
Women under burkhas, tribal warlords rule a land 
G                                         D 
Full of goats, and huts and jingle trucks is the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
And the Education Minister can neither read nor write 
G                                         D 
And Minister for Women runs the knock shop there at night 
D                                            Cadd9 
They?ve been fighting here forever over water, food and land 
G                                         D 
Murdering each other in the dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
There?s nothing about this province that?s remotely fair or just 
G                                         D 
worse than the corruption is the endless f#*%!ing dust 
D                                            Cadd9 
Its as fine as talcum powder on the ground and in the air 
G                                         D 
And it gets in to your eyes and it gets in to your hair 

D                                            Cadd9 
And it gets in to your weapon and it gets in to your boots 
G                                         D 
When bureaucrats all show up here it gets in to their suits 
D                                            Cadd9 
It gets in the machinery and foils every plan 
G                                         D 
Theres some quite symbolic about the dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
Still the people can be gracious and they?re funny and their smart 
G                                         D 
And When the children look into your eyes they walk into your heart 
D                                            Cadd9 
They face each day with courage and each year without a plan 
G                                         D 
Beyond scratching for survival in the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
But the Taliban are ruthless keep the people terrorized 
G                                         D 
With roadside bombs and  hangings and leaving letters in the night 
D                                            Cadd9 
And they have no useful vision for the children of this land 
G                                         D 
But to keep them praying on their knees in the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
It was a quiet Saturday morning when the 2 Shop made a call 
G                                         D 
On a compound of interest to the east of COP Mashal 
D                                            Cadd9 
We had some information they were building IED?s 
G                                         D 
So we cordoned and we searched it in accord with SOPs 

D                                            Cadd9 
I was on the west flank picket, propped there with Ben 
G                                         D 
there to keep a watchful eye out while the other blokes went in 
D                                            Cadd9 
We looked for signs of danger from the TTPs we?d learned 
G                                         D 
But the Nationals were moving back and forth without concern 

D                                            Cadd9 
We?d been standing still for hours when I took a quick step back 
G                                         D 
Kicked a small AP mine, and everything went black 
D                                Cadd9 
Woke up on a gurney flat out on my back 
G                                         D 
had to ask them seven times just to get the facts 

D                                            Cadd9 
That I lived to tell the story through a simple twist of fate 
G                                         D 
The main charge lay ten feet away from the pressure plate 
D                                            Cadd9 
You see the mine was linked by det chord to a big charge laid by hand 
G                                         D 
Hidden there under Benny by the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
I was a Queensland Champ Thai Boxer now I look south of my knee 
G                                         D 
And all I see is bed sheets were my right foot used to be 
D                                            Cadd9 
Benny?s dead and buried underneath Australian sand 
G                                         D 
But his spirits out their wandering through the Dust, the Dust of Uruzgan 

D                                            Cadd9 
Now I?m going back to Townsville it?s the city of my birth 
G                                         D 
Some go back to Ballarat and some go back to Perth 
D                                            Cadd9 
I?ll be living with my mother who?s still trying to understand 
G                                         D 
Why we?re spending blood and treasure in the Dust, the dust of Uruzgan 
		  

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