Battlefield Band – The Yew Tree chords

The Yew Tree   (Battlefield Band)


DmA mile frae Pentcaitland, on the road to the sea
Stands a yew tree a thousand years old And the old women swear by the grey o' their hair That it knows what the future will hold
G C DmFor the shadows of Scotland stand round it
C G'Mid the kail and the corn and the kye
F CAll the hopes and the fears of a thousand long years
Dm C BbUnder the Lothian sky
CMy bonnie yew tree
DmTell me what did you see
Em D C EmDid you look through the haze o' the lang summer days
C D EmTae the South and the far English border
Em D C EmA' the bonnets o' steel on Flodden's far field
C D EmDid they march by your side in good order
A D EmDid you ask them the price o' their glory
D AWhen you heard the great slaughter begin
G D Bm For the dust o' their bones would rise up from the stones
Em D EmTo bring tears to the eyes o' the wind
DMy bonnie yew tree
Em C Em Tell me what did you see
Em D C EmNot once did you speak for the poor and the weak
C D EmWhen the moss-troopers lay in your shade
Em D C EmTo count out the plunder and hide frae the thunder
C D EmAnd share out the spoils o' their raid
A D EmBut you saw the smiles o' the gentry
D AAnd the laughter of lords at their gains
G D When the poor hunt the poor across mountain and moor
Em D EmThe rich man can keep them in chains
DMy bonnie yew tree
Em C Em Tell me what did you see
Em D C EmDid you no' think tae tell when John Knox himsel'
C D EmPreached under your branches sae black
Em D C EmTo the poor common folk who would lift up the yoke
C D EmO' the bishops and priests frae their backs
A D EmBut you knew the bargain he sold them
D AAnd freedom was only one part
G D Bm For the price o' their souls was a gospel sae cold
N.C.It would freeze up the joy in their hearts
DMy bonnie yew tree
Em C EmTell me what did you see
Solo Am D G Em Am D G Em F Em F Em F G A
Em And I thought as I stood and laid hands on your wood
That it might be a kindness to fell you One kiss o' the axe and you're freed frae the racks
C D EmO' the sad bloody tales that men tell you
Slowed down
A D EmBut a wee bird flew out from your branches
D AAnd sang out as never before
G D Bm And the words o' the song were a thousand years long
Em D EmAnd to learn them's a long thousand more
DMy bonnie yew tree
EmTell me what CAN you see
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