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Chords (click graphic to learn to play)

A7 chord Bb chord C chord Dm chord F chord G chord Gm chord F/C chord Gm7 chord C/E chord Bb/D chord
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VERSE 1
     F                C/E                   Bb/D            F
They laid beneath the pine trees with their caps over their eyes
 
          Bb                  F            G                C
They were drunk with home and mama as they brushed away the flies
 
      F                   C/E                Bb                F
In an instant before the sunrise they had gunned the rebels down
 
         Bb                 F                C            F
As their flags were torn at half mast in the ruins of the town
 
VERSE 2
           F                  C/E           Bb/D            F
There were white sails on the water for the crippled on the beach
 
            Bb          F             G         C
There was a lack of ammunition so the cause was incomplete
 
         F             C/E                 Bb                    F
When the bugle blew at breakfast and they knew their ships were in
 
Bb             F            C                  F
Signs of grand assurance were carried on the wind
 
CHORUS
        F    C/E         Dm   F/C          Bb  F
Take it home,    take it low, take responsibilities
 
Gm                         C  Bb  C
Came the message from the front
 
        F        C/E          Dm      F/C Bb      A7
For the captains,    captains quarters    must retreat
 
         Gm7               C               Bb   F
Pack the compass, pack the tents, take the bunks
 
VERSE 3
          F                   C/E             Bb           F/C
They just chalked it down in history but they kept their uniforms
 
               Bb            F                   G                  C
They put their medals on the sideboards and they went back to their farms
 
           F             C/E              Bb               F
For it was just a mere reminder that they stood beside the best
 
     Bb                F                  C                  F
That God had saved the chosen few and the devil took the rest
 
CHORUS
        F    C/E         Dm   F/C          Bb  F
Take it home,    take it low, take responsibilities
 
Gm                             C  Bb C
Came the message from the front
 
        F        C/E          Dm      F/C Bb      A7
For the captains,    captains quarters    must retreat
 
         Gm7               C               Bb   F
Pack the compass, pack the tents, take the bunks
 
VERSE 4
       F                C/E                 Bb/D              F
On the planes above the rock face where the sculptured eagles swoop
 
          Bb                F               G               C
There's a haunted yell for action among the spectres of his troops
 
       F             C/E              Bb           F
It was silent on the coastline as the crazy angels danced
 
         Bb                   F                C            F
With the sound of retreating footfall from his military camp
 
CHORUS
        F    C/E         Dm   F/C          Bb  F
Take it home,    take it low, take responsibilities
 
Gm                             C  Bb  C
Came the message from the front
 
        F        C/E          Dm      F/C Bb      A7
For the captains,    captains quarters    must retreat
 
         Gm7               C               Bb   F
Pack the compass, pack the tents, take the bunks

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