The Banks They Are Rosy Chords & Lyrics Artist:

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C chord F chord G7 chord
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VERSE
       C                             F             C
On the banks of the Elbe my love and I sat down to neck,
    F                               G7                C
And he took out his ball-pen and he wrote me out of a cheque;
       F                                    G7             C
And he said, 'my little gretchen, how'd you like to make a wreck
             F      C            G7 C
Of the whole bloody universe, my darling?'
 
 
CHORUS
       C                       F              C
O, the banks they are rosy and market's doing fine.
    F                                  G7                 C
The bulls and bears are pasturing from Wall Street to the Rhine.
    F                                 G7            C
The bombs are in the stockpile., only waiting for a sign
                F      C                G7   C
From my Johnny, lovely Johnny, with his ball-pens.
 
 
VERSE
      C                               F                 C
O, my heart is sad and lonely for the boys in shirts of brown,
        F                                    G7         C
And the lads who wore the blackshirts on the streets of Berlin town.
    F                                  G7             C
For they sere sure the boyos who could drag a country down,
             F         C            G7          C
O, me Johnny there was nothing that could beat 'em.
 
 
CHORUS
       C                       F              C
O, the banks they are rosy and market's doing fine.
    F                                  G7                 C
The bulls and bears are pasturing from Wall Street to the Rhine.
    F                                 G7            C
The bombs are in the stockpile., only waiting for a sign
                F      C                G7   C
From my Johnny, lovely Johnny, with his ball-pens.
 
 
VERSE
        C                            F              C
O, they took my little Adolf, ay,and Hermann Göring too,
    F                              G7               C
And Rudy Hess and Himmler that was loyal, brave and true.
     F                                        G7              C
They began the fight for freedom, but there's one will see it through
                F      C                G7   C
It's me Johnny, lovely Johnny, with his ball-pens.
 
 
CHORUS
       C                       F              C
O, the banks they are rosy and market's doing fine.
    F                                  G7                 C
The bulls and bears are pasturing from Wall Street to the Rhine.
    F                                 G7            C
The bombs are in the stockpile., only waiting for a sign
                F      C                G7   C
From my Johnny, lovely Johnny, with his ball-pens.
 
 
VERSE
          C                                   F               C
There's a place they call the Congo, and it's full of heathen blacks
    F                                G7                 C
Who had the nerve to try and get the Belgians off their backs;
    F                             G7               C
But gallant little Belgium up and gave them such a whack,
              F          C                G7  C
And my Johnny smiled and gently whispered freedom.
 
 
CHORUS
       C                       F              C
O, the banks they are rosy and market's doing fine.
    F                                  G7                 C
The bulls and bears are pasturing from Wall Street to the Rhine.
    F                                 G7            C
The bombs are in the stockpile., only waiting for a sign
                F      C                G7   C
From my Johnny, lovely Johnny, with his ball-pens.
 
 
VERSE
        C                              F                C
There's darling General Franco and the heirs of Syngman Rhee,
        F                            G7            C
There's Battista (late of Cuba) and another two or three;
     F                              G7          C
Each one a freedom-fighter and they love democracy,
                      F    C                G7  C
And they're friendly, O so friendly with my Johnny!
 
 
CHORUS
       C                       F              C
O, the banks they are rosy and market's doing fine.
    F                                  G7                 C
The bulls and bears are pasturing from Wall Street to the Rhine.
    F                                 G7            C
The bombs are in the stockpile., only waiting for a sign
                F      C                G7   C
From my Johnny, lovely Johnny, with his ball-pens.
 
 
 
Johnny is so lavish with the things he gives to me,
There's missiles, bombs and atom-subs, all kinds of finery.
And he calls me "Little Gretchen, the Soul of Liberty"
While he's fiddling with the buttons of his ball-pens.
 
 
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