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Dave Cousins - The Battle

Em  C Em  C  Em  D  Em  D  C  D
A  Em  A  Em  Am  Em  D
Em  C Em  C

[Verse 1]
In the early dawn the Bishop's men
D               Em
Shivered in the damp
But the shiver came not from the cold
    C                     D
And spread throughout the camp
    A                Em
The trembling horses sensed the fear
   A                 Em
Of silent thoughtful men
    Am                    Em
Who prayed that wives and families
      D              Em    C  Em  C
Might see them once again

[Verse 2]
The Bishop sent a dawn patrol
   D                      Em
To investigate the weight
Of forces at the King's command
  C                  D
Ensconced behind the gate
    A                   Em
The ground mist hid the patrol's approach
        A                    Em
As they drew close enough to show
    Am              Em
The sentries on the battlements
       D               Em    C  Em  C
And an archer drew his bow

[Verse 3]
From the topmost tower a sentry fell
      D                 Em
As an arrow pierced his skull
And his headlong flight into the moat
C                D
Seemed that of a gull
    A               Em
The patrol reported little
          A               Em
There was nothing much to see
        Am                Em
But the strong and silent castle
  D             Em    C  Em  C
A symbol of the free

[Verse 4]
        N.C.           Em
The King's men took communion
       D                 Em
As the first rays of the sun
Lit up the chapel's gloomy walls
    C           D
The fatal day begun
         A                Em
From the castle green the rooks took flight
       A                 Em
To the high trees in the east
         Am                Em
To their carrion minds the battlefield
      D           Em     C  Em  C
Set a table for a feast

[Verse 5]
A tide of black, the Bishop's men
 D                    Em
Equality their right
Swarmed like ants across the hill
      C              D
Their aim at last in sight
    A                     Em
The King's men dressed in purest white
     A              Em
Were driven back by force
        Am                 Em
And the fighting grew more violent
       D               Em     C  Em  C
As the battle took its course

[Verse 6]
The Bishop gave the order
    D                  Em
"No mercy to be shown
The sacrifice will reap rewards
         C           D
When the King is overthrown"
    A                 Em
The sight of children lying dead
     A                 Em
Made hardened soldiers weep
    Am            Em
The outer walls began to fall
     D                 Em    C  Em  C
They moved towards the keep

[Verse 7]
When the anxious King began to fail
   D                     Em
As many thought he might
The Queen ran screaming round the walls
    C                D
And urged the men to fight
    A                 Em
The Bishops' men were tiring
       A              Em
As the afternoon grew late
        Am                     Em
And the King's men lowered the drawbridge
    D                      Em     C  Em  C
And poured out through the gate

[Verse 8]
They fought their way across the bridge
    D                Em
The men like falling leaves
Or ears of corn that fall in swathes
    C              D
The vicious sickle cleaves
    A            Em
The tide receded up the hill
    A                  Em
The waste of reclaimed land
Am            Em
Once decaying swamp became
  D                   Em   C  Em  C
A shore of pure white sand

[Verse 9]
A blinded priest was seen to bless
     D             Em
Both dying and the dead
As he stumbled around the battlefield
    C               D
His cassock running red
   A                     Em
If uniform were black or white
    A                Em
His eyes could never see
    Am               Em
And death made no distinction
    D           Em   C  Em  C
Whatever man he be

[Verse 10]
As darkness fell both camps withdrew
      D                   Em
Their soldiers slain like cattle
Leaving the rooks to feast alone
    C              D
The victors of the battle
   A             Em
At evensong both camps reviewed
      A            Em
Their sad depleted ranks
      A             Em
As survivors of the battle
     D                  Em
Gave god their grateful thanks

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