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Green Fields Of France chords

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GREEN FIELDS OF FRANCE – (No Man's Land) -- ERIC BOGLE


VERSE 1
 D                Bm       G        Em
Well,  how do you do young Willie McBride, 
       A                       D             A
Do you mind if I sit here down by your grave-side,
    D          Bm               G           Em
And rest for a while ‘neath the warm summer sun,
          A                   G          D
I’ve been walking all day and I’m nearly done.)
  D           Bm                  G         Em
I see by your gravestone you were only nine-teen
         A                          D    A
When you joined the great fallen in 19 – 16
 D              Bm         G             Em    
I hope you died well and I hope you died clean
          A                     G            D
Or  young Willie McBride was it slow  and obscene?

CHORUS:
D        A                             G              D
Did they beat the drum slowly did they sound the fife lowly,
D       A                            G           D
Did the rifles fire o’er you as they lowered you down,
        G                           A
Did the band play the Last Post and chorus
        D               G              A  D
Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’?

VERSE 2:
D                    Bm        G            Em
Did you leave e’re a wife or a sweetheart behind,
   A                           D        A
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
 D                Bm               G  Em
Although you died back in nineteen sixteen
   A                           G           D
In that faithful heart are you forever nineteen.
   D         Bm               G      Em
Or are you a stranger without even a name
  A                D            A  
Enclosed forever behind a glass frame,
      D        Bm             G            Em
In an old photograph all torn tattered and stained
    A                    G             D
And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame.

CHORUS:
D        A                             G              D
Did they beat the drum slowly did they sound the fife lowly,
D       A                            G           D
Did the rifles fire o’er you as they lowered you down,
        G                           A
Did the band play the Last Post and chorus
        D               G              A  D
Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’?

VERSE 3:
    D          Bm            G               Em
The sun now it shines on the green fields of France,
          A                            D           A
There’s a warm summer breeze makes the red poppies dance,
    D            Bm              G         Em
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds,
           A                     G           D 
There’s no gas no barbed wire no guns firing now,
    D            Bm             G              Em
But here in this graveyard it’s still no man’s land
    A                          D            A
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
   D               Bm              G      Em  
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man
     A                         G             D
To a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

CHORUS:
D        A                             G              D
Did they beat the drum slowly did they sound the fife lowly,
D       A                            G           D
Did the rifles fire o’er you as they lowered you down,
        G                           A
Did the band play the Last Post and chorus
        D               G              A  D
Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’?

VERSE 4:
         D        Bm            G           Em
Ah young Willie McBride I can’t help wonder why,
   A                           D            A  
Do all those who lie here know why they did die
    D          Bm              G            Em
And did they believe when they answered the call,
         A                        G             D
Did they really believe that this war would end wars.
         D           Bm             G          Em
Well the sorrow, the suffering, the glory, the pain,
    A                      D           A
The killing and dying were all done in vain,
          D        Bm             G         Em
For young Willie McBride it’s all happened again,
    A                   G          D
And again and again and again and again.

CHORUS:
D        A                             G              D
Did they beat the drum slowly did they sound the fife lowly,
D       A                            G           D
Did the rifles fire o’er you as they lowered you down,
        G                           A
Did the band play the Last Post and chorus
        D               G              A  D
Did the pipes play the ‘Flowers of the Forest’?

            
            
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vaughanvandyke 10 May 26, 2017 08:20 AM

Question in the chorus lowered you down shouldn't the down be a D and the last post and Chorus chorus be a G?
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