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Joe Mc Donnell chords

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        G                G7         C               G
  Oh me name is Joe McDonnell, from Belfast town I came,
    C           G           D
  A city I will never see again.
      G              G7               C          G
  For in the town of Belfast, I spent many happy days,
        C                 G          D
  And I love that town in oh so many ways.
           Am        C      Am            C               G
  For it's there I spent my childhood and found for me a wife,
     Am             C        G      D
  I then set out to make for her a life.
      G               G7               C              G
  But all my young ambitions, met with bitterness and hate,
         C               G            D
  I soon found myself inside a prison gate.

Chorus:
           Am   C        Am              C                  G
  And you dare call me a terrorist while you look down your gun,
         Am               C          G         D
  When I think of all the deeds that you have done.
          G
  You had plundered many nations divided many lands,
           C               Am                C            D
  You had terrorised their people, you ruled with an iron hand,
          G                     C             D
  And you brought this reign of terror, to my land.


Verse 2
              G              G7              C                 G
Through those many months internment, in the maidstone and the maze,
   C               G                  D
I thought about my land through those days.
       G                        C             G
Why my country was divided, why I was now in jail,
   C                G                D
Imprisoned without crime or without trial.
    Am        C      Am            C            G
And though I love my country, I am not a bitter man,
          Am            C       G         D
I've seen cruelty and injustice at first hand.
   G                 G7           C                  G
So then one faithful morning, I shook bold freedom's hand,
     C                  G                D
For right or wrong, I'd tried to free my land.
  

Chorus:
           Am   C        Am              C                  G
  And you dare call me a terrorist while you look down your gun,
         Am               C          G         D
  When I think of all the deeds that you have done.
          G
  You had plundered many nations divided many lands,
           C               Am                C            D
  You had terrorised their people, you ruled with an iron hand,
          G                     C             D
  And you brought this reign of terror, to my land.


Verse 3
         G            G7         C                 G
Then one cold October morning, trapped in a lion's den,
   C                G           D
I found myself in prison once again.
         G             G7            C            G
I was committed to the H-Blocks, for 14 years or more,
       C               G                   D
On the blanket, the conditions, they were poor.
       Am                C      Am             C         G
Then a hunger strike we did commence, for the dignity of man,
        Am               C      G       D
But it seemed to me that no one gave a damn.
    G            G7             C                   G
But now I am a saddened man, I watched my comrades die,
   C            G                D
If only people cared or wondered why.

  
Chorus:
           Am   C        Am              C                  G
  And you dare call me a terrorist while you look down your gun,
         Am               C          G         D
  When I think of all the deeds that you have done.
          G
  You had plundered many nations divided many lands,
           C               Am                C            D
  You had terrorised their people, you ruled with an iron hand,
          G                     C             D
  And you brought this reign of terror, to my land.


Verse 4
    G                G7                    C                G
May God shine on you Bobby Sands, for the courage you have shown,
          C             G               D
May your glory and your fame be widely known.
    G                                     C             G
And Francis Hughes and Ray McCreesh, who died unselfishly,
    C                    G               D
And Patsy O’Hara and the next in line is me.
    G                G7                C              G
And those who lie behind me, may your courage be the same,
      Am              C      G       D
And I pray to God my life is not in vain.
       G                              C  G
Ah but sad and bitter was the year of 1981,
     C               G                 D
For everything I've lost and nothing's won. 

            
            
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