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Intro: | A | A | A | A | A I think, sir, the battle is over; E7 And the young soldier lay down his gun. I'm tired of running for cover; A I'm certain the battle is done. D A O'er sea over there where we fought them E7 A It's quiet, for they've all gone away. All left is the dead and the dyin', E7 A the blue lyin' long side the grave. Interlude: | G | G | G | G | G So, you think the battle is over, D7 and you even lay down your gun. You carelessly rise from your cover, G for you think the battle is done. C G Now, boy, hit the dirt, listen to me, D7 G D7 for I'm still the one in command. G Get flat on the ground here beside me D7 G and lay your ear to the sand. Interlude | A | A | A | A | A Can you here the deafening rumble? E7 Can you feel the trembling ground? It's just the horses and wagons A that make such deafening sound. D A For ev'ry shot fired had an echo E7 A E7 and ev'ry man killed wanted life. A There lies your friend, Jim McKinney. E7 A Can you take the news to his wife? Interlude | G | G | G | G | G No, son, the battle's not over; D7 the battle has only begun. The rest of the battle will cover G the part that has blackened the sun. C G The fight yet to come's not with cannons, D7 G D7 Nor will the fight be hand to hand. G No one will regroup the forces; D7 G No charge will a gen'ral command. Interlude | A | A | A | A | A The battle will rage in the bosom E7 of mother and sweetheart and wife. Brother and sister and daughter A will grieve for the rest of their lives. D A Now, quiet, rise from your cover. E7 A E7 Be thankful that God let you live, A to go fight the rest of the battle E7 A for those who gave all they could give. Interlude | G | G | G | G | G I see, sir, the battle's not over; D7 the battle has only begun. The rest of the battle will cover G this part that has blackened the sun. C G For though there's no sound of the cannon, D7 G D7 and though there's no smoke in the sky, G I'm droppin' my gun and the saber, D G and ready for battle am I. For more Johnny Cash chords, see www.unofficial-johnnycash.com!