Johnny Cash - Singing In Vietnam Talking Blues chords

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GOne mornin' at breakfast I said to my wife,
C"We've been ev'rywhere once and some places twice."
A7As I had another helping of country ham, she said,
D "We ain't never been to Vietnam,
GAnd there's a bunch of our boys over there."
C D7So we went to the Orient, Saigon.
GWell, we got a big welcome when we drove in
CTo the gates of a place that they call Long Ben.
A7We checked in and ev'rything got kind of quiet.
DBut a soldier boy said, "Just wait till tonight.
G CThings get noisy, things start happenin'.
D7Big, bad firecrackers."
GWell, that night we did about four shows for the boys
CAnd they were livin' it up with a whole lot of noise.
A7We did our last song for the night
DAnd we crawled into bed for some peace and quiet.
G CBut things weren't peaceful and things weren't quiet.
D7Things were scary.
GWell, for a few minutes, June never said one word,
CAnd I thought at first that she hadn't heard.
A7Then a shell exploded not two miles away.
DShe sat up in bed and I heard her say,
G C"What was that?" I said, "That was a shell or a bomb."
D7She said, "I'm scared." I said, "Me too".
GWell, all night long that noise kept on,
CAnd the sound would chill you right to the bone.
A7The bullets and the bombs and the mortar shells
D G Shook our bed ev'ry time one fell and it never let up.
C D7It was gonna get worse before it got any better.
GWell, when the sun came up, the noise died down.
CWe got a few minutes sleep and we were sleepin' sound.
A7Then a soldier knocked on our door and said,
D GLast night they brought in 7 dead and 14 wounded.
D7And would we come down to the base hospital and see the boys. Yeah.
GSo, we went to the hospital ward by day
C And ev'ry night we were singin' away.
A7Then the shells and the bombs till dawn again,
DAnd the helicopters brought in the wounded men.
G C D7Night after night, day after day, comin' and goin'.
GSo, we sadly sang for them our last song
C And reluctantly we said, "So long."
A7We did our best to let 'em know that we care
DFor ev'ry last one of 'em that's over there.
GWether we belong over there or not,
C D7Somebody over here loves 'em and needs 'em.
GWell, now, that's about all that there is to tell
CAbout that little trip into livin' hell.
A7And if I ever go back over there anymore,
DI hope there's none of our boys there for me to sing for.
GI hope that war is over with
C D7 GAnd they all come back home to stay in peace.
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