Oops, an error
Loading. Please wait.

Born On The Fourth Of July ukulele

76 views 1 this week
no commentswrite comment
1 2 3 4 5
3 more votes to show rating
add to favorites
Save as Personal and add changes to this tab that will be seen only by you. Learn more ›
You can save this tab as Personal to edit and correct it or add notes. All changes will be seen only by you. Learn more »
launch autoscroll
font size
display chords
guitar tuner
set tempo
There is no strumming pattern for this song yet. and get +5 IQ
#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 1995 21:29:31 +0000 (GMT)
From: "Rev. Linda Slug" 
Subject: Born on the 4th July

Here are the chords and words to the Tom Paxton song "Born on the fourth
of July", written about the Viet Nam veteran Ron Kovic, who was
paralysed in the war. It is based on Kovic's autobiography of the same
name, which in turn has been made into a film starring Tom Cruise. I
thought that if you're going to bother having any Tom Paxton on your
guitar file you might at least have one of his better, though less
well-known songs, instead of just rubbish like the Marvellous Toy.

Born On The Fourth Of July - Tom Paxton

C       Em      F       G

C       Em      F       G

     C                         Em
As a schoolboy I played with a plastic grenade
       F             G           C
It was grey and with caps it was loaded
       F                        C         Am
In the dirt we would cry and dramatically die
      F                G         C
As it flew through the air and exploded
     E                         Am
As a young man my dream was to be a marine
   F                          G
My flag was worth all I could bring it
    C                           Em
The country was young. When the anthem was sung
   F           G             C
It gave me the goosebumps to sing it

      F                       C
I was born on the fourth of July
F                      G
No-one more loyal than I
        C                     Em
When my country said so I was ready to go
      F             G             C
And I wish I'd been left there to die

Em      F        G

When I landed in Nam I was with Uncle Sam
I was fighting for God and my mother
And I knew what to do when my first tour was through
I signed up and went back for another
But it all tumbled down when we ambushed the town
In the night how the metal was flying
We blew it to hell. Really did our job well,
But just women and kids did the dying

I was born on the fourth of July
No-one more loyal than I
When my country said so I was ready to go
And I wish I'd been left there to die

In the damn DMZ it all ended for me
The fighting broke out and we scattered
One shot hit my heel, the last thing I feel
The next hit my spine and it shattered
In my hospital bed I could hear what was said
And the word will stay with me forever
With my whole life ahead, my body was dead
And the word they were using was never

Now I wheel myself down to the crossroads of town
To see the young girls and their lovers
And my mind is afire, it's alive with desire
Christ, I'd barely begun, now it's over
In my wheelchair for life, my mechanical wife
I'm supposed to be cheerful and stoic
I'm your old tried-and-true, Yankee Doodle to you
Clean-cut, paralysed and heroic

Chords and words transcribed by David Linley 
Please send any comments or mistakes to me.

Suggest correction
Creating personal tab
Creating personal tab
You can edit any tab online and save it as your Personal.

You can edit, replace or remove any tab part or add personal notes – all changes will be seen only by you.

Personal tabs can be accessed anytime from any device, even offline.
Learn more »
Give kudos to tab author, rate the tab!
1 2 3 4 5
print report bad tab
Wanna post a correction for this tab? Suggest correction