The Big Battle

Intro:
|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |


A
I think, sir, the battle is over;
.                                                          E7
And the young soldier lay down his gun.


I’m tired of running for cover;
.                                     A
I’m certain the battle is done.
.        D                                    A
O’er sea over there where we fought them
.      E7                                      A
It’s quiet, for they’ve all gone away.


All left is the dead and the dyin’,
.       E7                               A
the blue lyin’ long side the grave.


Interlude:
|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |


.      G
So, you think the battle is over,
.                                              D7
and you even lay down your gun.


You carelessly rise from your cover,
.                                       G
for you think the battle is done.
.         C                                  G
Now, boy, hit the dirt, listen to me,
.     D7                               G        D7
for I’m still the one in command.


.       G
Get flat on the ground here beside me
.       D7                       G
and lay your ear to the sand.


Interlude
|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |


.       A
Can you here the deafening rumble?
.                                           E7
Can you feel the trembling ground?


It’s just the horses and wagons
.                                         A
that make such deafening sound.
.      D                                  A
For ev’ry shot fired had an echo
.      E7                                   A      E7
and ev’ry man killed wanted life.


A
There lies your friend, Jim McKinney.
.       E7                                   A
Can you take the news to his wife?


Interlude
|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |


G
No, son, the battle’s not over;
.                                  D7
the battle has only begun.


The rest of the battle will cover
.                                                 G
the part that has blackened the sun.
.       C                                         G
The fight yet to come’s not with cannons,
.       D7                                  G       D7
Nor will the fight be hand to hand.


G
No one will regroup the forces;
.      D7                                  G
No charge will a gen’ral command.


Interlude
|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |


.       A
The battle will rage in the bosom
.                                                E7
of mother and sweetheart and wife.


Brother and sister and daughter
.                                               A
will grieve for the rest of their lives.
.          D                              A
Now, quiet, rise from your cover.
.      E7                                   A       E7
Be thankful that God let you live,


.    A
to go fight the rest of the battle
.      E7                                            A
for those who gave all they could give.


Interlude
|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |


.  G
I see, sir, the battle’s not over;
.                                  D7
the battle has only begun.


The rest of the battle will cover
.                                                G
this part that has blackened the sun.
.       C                                             G
For though there’s no sound of the cannon,
.       D7                                            G       D7
and though there’s no smoke in the sky,


.      G
I’m droppin’ my gun and the saber,
.       D                           G
and ready for battle am I.

 

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