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The Jolly Soldier chords

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THE JOLLY SOLDIER – PAUL BRADY
TAB’D BY WOMPTON

CAPO ON 1ST FRET TO PLAY LIKE PAUL – DOWN WITH THUMB, UP WITH INDEX

[VERSE 1]
        G    C     G            C      G         D     
Oh it's of a jolly soldier that lately came from war
   G       C          G            C      D
He loved a fair young damsel, a damsel so fair
D               G      D                   G     C     D
And her fortune was so great that it could scarcely be told
D                                   G          C      D
And she loved her jolly soldier boy because he was so bold

[VERSE 2]
   G    C         G       C          G       D     
Oh then cried the lady "I fain would be your wife
       G      C     G                     C       D
But me father he is cruel and he'd surely take me life"
D                         G   D         G         C      D
He drew out his sword and pistol and he hung them by his side
D                                        G           C     D
And he swore that he would marry her and that’s what would betide

[VERSE 3]
        G        C        G              C         G      D     
So they went and they got married and as they were coming home
     G                C    G           C     D
They met with her old father and seven armed men
D                        G  D            G      C       D
"Let us flee", cried the lady "for we'll surely will be slain"
D                                   G       C      D
"Fear nothing my dear charmer", the soldier cried again

[VERSE 4]
     G           C   G       C    G       D     
Then up came the old man and unto her did say
      G            C   G               C    D
"It's for your disobedience to me this very day
D              G       D          G    C         D
For as you had been so mean as to be a soldier's wife
D                                   G      C         D
Down in this lonesome valley I will surely take your life"

[VERSE 5]
    G              C   G      C      G         D     
"Oh no", cried the soldier "I do not like your prattle
     G              C    G                  C         D
For although I am a bridegroom I am well prepared for battle"
D               G         D             G           C      D
He drew out his sword and pistol and he caused them for to roar
D                                      G       C       D
And the lady held the bridle while the soldier battled sore

[VERSE 6]
         G            C    G     C   G           D     
Well the first one he came to he ran through and maimed
        G             C    G                C        D
And the second one he came to he served him just the same
D              G         D              G      C       D
"Let us flee", cried the others "For we surely will be slain"
D                                G    C     D
"Fight on, my dear charmer", the lady cried again

[VERSE 7]
           G                C   G        C       G         D     
"Stay your hand", cried the old man "you make my blood run cold
    G                 C        G                 C         D
And you shall have me daughter and five thousand pounds in gold"
D                     G  D          G     C      D
"Fight on", cried the lady "for his offer is too small"
D                                        G         C       D
"Stay your hand", cried the old man "and you shall have it all"

[VERSE 8]
        G     C         G             C         G        D     
So he's taken them both home and he's made them both his heirs
       G             C    G               C         D
And it wasn't out of love but it was from dread and fear
D                     G   D        G    C    D
For there never was a soldier ever carried a gun
D                                               G      C      D
Who would ever flinch or budge an inch till the battle he had won

[VERSE 9]
   G     C           G       C      G          D     
So don't despise the soldier just because he's poor
        G            C    G                C       D
He's as happy on the battlefield as at the barrack door
D        G       D          G      C         D
For they are the lads to be jovial brisk and free
D                                           G          C    D
And they'll fight for the pretty girls, for rights and liberty

            
            
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