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The Deserter Chords

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The Deserter

Intro.
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A

       Bm         D         A        Em
Here I stand in a land that isn't my own
Bm           D            A         Em
Far from the country that I know as home
      Bm           G          A            Bm
I was sent here by government armed by the King
        G           D           Em       A
And I'm told I must kill men in order to bring
Bm            G       A
Peace to this foreign land
         Bm        D       A          Em
There he lies on a land no longer his own
       Bm          D            A           Em
In the grey of the country that he knows as home
       Bm           G                  A         Bm
He was sent here by government, but he might not agree
       G            D            Em        A
And if someone must kill him God why is it me? 
         Bm            G       A
To bring peace to this foreign land

Chorus
         D          A
Don't despise the deserter
         Bm         G
Don't despise the deserter
         D          Em
Don't despise the deserter
    G            A
Who ran from the war
        D           A
Don't despise the deserter
         Bm         G
Don't despise the deserter
         D          Em
Don't despise the deserter
     G           D
Who ran from the war.

Inter.
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A

     Bm            D       A             Em
So I bent down to drag him away from the wire
        Bm             D         A          Em
But the rifles to the left of me started to fire
       Bm           G              A            Bm
He was riddled with bullets, I was smothered in blood
      G             G            Em    A
And I don't see how murdering somebody could 
      Bm         G       A
Bring peace to a foreign land

     Bm           D        A             Em
So I ran from the fighting threw down my gun
      Bm         D        A            Em
And I ran by the moon and slept by the sun
      Bm        G              A              Bm
Now arrested by government and charged by the King
      G           D             Em       A
To be shot 'cos I can't kill in order to bring 
Bn         G       A
Peace to a foreign land

Chorus

Ending
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A,
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A,D

The chord runs marked Intro, Inter & Ending are very much my interpretation of an amazing section of
violin lead.
It works and sound reasonable.
(Waltz time. By the way)
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xarlee_650 wrote on November 27 2014, 04:14 am

Clearly wrong. This is not The Deserter from Fairport Convention
It seems to be Don't Despise the Deserter by John Richards i think

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xarlee_650 wrote on November 27 2014, 04:14 am

This is not The Deserter from Fairport Convention
It seems to be Don't Despise the Deserter by John Richards

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CookOfTheHouse wrote on September 10 2015, 10:12 pm

Lack of accuracy. Clearly wrong. That's not even the right song!! Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word Word

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