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OK hopefully this should be an improvement on the other guys tabs for this song. It saves you having to mess around playing chords with a capo on the eighth fret and means you now play it with a capo on the third fret...which seems is much more comfortable C Am Fm D7 Well how do you do young Willie McBride, G Fm C Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside, Am Fm D7 And rest for a while in the warm summer sun, G Fm C I've been walking all day and I'm nearly done. C Am Fm D7 I see by your gravestone you were only 19, G Fm C G When you joined the great fallen in 1916, C Am D7 Well I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean, G Fm C Or Willie McBride was it slow and obscene. Chorus: C G Did they beat the drum slowly, Fm C Did they play the fife lowly, G Fm G Did they sound the dead march, as they lowered you down, Fm C Am Did the band play the last post and chorus, C Fm G C Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest. [ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/b/bogle-eric/2050.html ] C Am Fm D7 And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind, G Fm C In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined, Am Fm D And though you died back in 1916, G Fm C To that loyal heart you're forever 19. C Am Fm D7 Or are you a stranger without even a name, G Fm C G Forever enshrined behind some old glass pane, C Am D7 In an old photograph all torn tattered and stained, G Fm C And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame. Chorus C Am Fm D7 The sun's shining down on these green fields of France, G Fm C The warm wind blows gently and the red poppies dance, Am Fm D7 The trenches have vanished long under the plow G Fm C No gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now. C Am Fm D7 But here in this graveyard it's still "No Man's Land", G Fm C G The countless white crosses in mute witness stand, C Am D7 To man's blind indifference to his fellow man, G Fm C And a whole generation that were butchered and damned. Chorus C Am Fm D7 And I can't help but wonder, oh Willie McBride G Fm C Do all those who lie here know why they die, Am Fm C Did you really believe them when they told you the cause G Fm C Did they really believe that this war would end wars. C Am Fm D7 Well, the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame G Fm C G The killing and dying it was all done in vain, C Am D7 Oh Willie McBride it all happened again, G Fm C And again, and again, and again, and again.
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