Ethel Lynn Beers - All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight chords

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All Quiet Along The Potomac Tonight chords
Beers / Hewitt

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A E A"All quiet along the Potomac tonight,"
E E7 Aexcept here and there a stray picket,
E A is shot as he walks on his beat to and fro,
E D E7 Eby a rifleman hid in the thicket
E7 E A E'Tis nothing a private or two now and then,
D A Ewill not count in the news of the battle
D E A DNot an officer lost, only one of the men,
A E E7 Amoaning out all alone the death rattle.
F#m E E7 E A"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"
A E A "All quiet along the Potomac tonight,"
E E7 Awhere the soldiers lie peacefully dreaming
E AAnd their tents in the rays of the clear autumn moon,
E D E7 Eand the light of the camp fires are gleaming
E7 E A EThere's only the sound of the lone sentry's tread,
D A Eas he tramps from the rock to the fountain
D E A DAnd thinks of the two on the low trundle bed,
A E E7 Afar away in the cot on the mountain.
F#m E E7 E A"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"
A E A His musket falls slack his face, dark and grim,
E E7 Agrows gentle with memories tender
E AAs he mutters a pray'r for the children asleep,
E D E7 Eand their mother, "May heaven defend her!"
E7 E A EThe moon seems to shine as brightly as then,
D A Ethat night, when the love yet unspoken.
D E A DLeap'd up to his lips, and when low murmur'd vows,
A E E7 Awere pledg'd, to be ever un broken.
F#m E E7 E A"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"
A E A Then drawing his sleeve roughly o'er his eyes,
E E7 Ahe dashes off the tears that are welling
E AAnd gathers his gun close up to his breast,
E D E7 Eas if to keep down the heart's swelling
E7 E A EHe passes the fountain, the blasted pine tree,
D A Eand his footstep is lagging and weary
D E A DYet onward he goes, thro' the broad belt of light,
A E E7 Atoward the shades of the forest so dreary.
F#m E E7 E A"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"
A E A Hark! was it the night-wind that rustles the leaves,
E E7 Awas it the moonlight so wond'rously flashing?
E AIt look'd like a rifle! "Ha, Mary, good-bye!",
E D E7 E and his life-blood is ebbing and plashing.
E7 E A E"All quiet along the Potomac tonight,"
D A Eno sound save the rush of the river
D E A DWhile soft falls the dew on the face of the dead,
A E E7 Athe picket's off duty forev er.
F#m E E7 E A"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"
F#m E E7 E A"All quiet along the Potomac tonight!"
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