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Green Fields Of France chords

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Capo 3.
          G               Em       C      Am
          Well how do you do young Willie McBride,
                 D         D7            C            G
          Do you mind if I sit here down by your graveside,
                         Em              C           Am
          And rest for a while neath the warm summer sun,
                    D           D7      C          G
          I've been working all day and I'm nearly done.
          G             Em                  C    Am
          I see by your gravestone you were only 19,
                   D                C         G D7
          When you joined the great fallen in 1916,
            G             Em         Am
          I hope you died well and I hope you died clean,
                   D        D7           C        G
          Or young Willie McBride was it slow and obscene.

[Chorus 1]
          G        D             D7               C             G
          Did they beat the drum slowly, did they play the fife lowly,
                   D              D7             C           D
          Did they sound the dead march, as they lowered you down,
                  C                           G   Em
          Did the band play the last post and chorus,
                  G              C              D7   G
          Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest.

          Did you leave ere a wife or a sweetheart behind,
          In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined,
          Although you died back in 1916,
          In that faithful heart are you forever 19.
          Or are you a stranger without even a name,
          Enclosed in forever behind a glass frame,
          In an old photograph all torn battered and stained,
          And faded to yellow in a brown leather frame.

[Chorus 2]

          The sun now it shines on the green fields of France,
          There's a warm summer breeze that makes the red poppies dance,
          And look how the sun shines from under the trees,
          There's no gas, no barbed wire, there's no guns firing now.
          But here in this graveyard it's still "No Man's Land",
          The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand,
          To man's blind indifference to his fellow man,
          To a whole generation that were butchered and damned.

[Chorus 3]

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

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GStringBroke 181 Nov 14, 2014 05:26 PM

great job, thanks for sharing, thumbs up from me

time keeping is 3/4
i use the following picking pattern (not reflective of any recording)
643123 for G & Em
543123 for C & Am
432123 for D & D7

i like to do a single strum for Em at end of 2nd last line of the chorus and a single strum or root note of D7 at the end of the previous line
i find its a hard chord progression to remember, i know the lyrics for years but i need the sheet out to remember the chords

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gfof 10 Sep 26, 2015 07:37 AM

Lack of accuracy. The words written here are not the original words written by Eric Bogle. It's not difficult to find the original so this lack of proper research is disrespectful to Eric Bogle.

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p3t3r.andrews 10 Nov 05, 2015 05:00 AM

Agree with gfof. The words don't scan nor rhyme in places and the chorus is almost completely wrong. For example 2nd verse line 3 - "And look how the sun shines from under the trees," - Huh! That line should be "The trenches are vanished long under the plough" to rhyme with "no guns firing now"

Chorus from 2nd line is "Did the rifles fire o'er you as they lowered you down? Did the bugles sing the last post in chorus?"

All you have to do is listen to Eric Bogle's version on YouTube to get the right words. They make a lot more sense and have a lot more poetry in them.

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