With God On Our Side
Joan Baez has recorded this in varying keys, most of them lower than this, such as in Bb. The (Em F G) sections in the fifth line of every verse can be optional. If you prefer not to use those, simply use the same chords as the third lines (G and C). You may also use the fifth line chords in the third lines of every verse. C F Em Oh my name it is nothin' G C My age it means less G C And the country I come from F C Is called the Midwest (Em F G) C I was taught and brought up there F C The laws to abide F Em And that the land that I live in G C Had God on its side. C F Em Oh the history books tell it G C They tell it so well G C The cavalries charged F C The Indians fell (Em F G) C The cavalries charged F C The Indians died C F Em Oh the country was young G C With God on its side. C F Em Well the Spanish-American G C War had its day G C And the Civil War too F C Was soon laid away (Em F G) C And the names of the heroes F C I was made to memorize F Em With guns in their hands G C And God on their side. Well the First World War, boys It came and it went And the reason for fighting I never did get But I learned to accept it And accept it with pride For you don't count the dead When God's on your side. And Second World War It came to an end We forgave the Germans And called them our friends Though they murdered six million In the ovens they fried So the Germans now too Have God on their side. Now I've learned to hate Russians All through my whole life If another war starts It's them we must fight To hate them and fear them To run and to hide And accept it all bravely With God on my side. And now we've got weapons Of the chemical dust And if fire them we're forced to Then fire them we must One push of the button And it's shot the world wide And you never ask questions When God's on your side. For many dark hours I thought about this That Jesus Christ Was betrayed by a kiss But I can't do it for you You'll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot Had God on his side. And now as I'm leavin' I'm weary as Hell The confusion I'm feelin' Ain't no tongue can tell The words fill my head They fall to the floor If God is on our side He'll stop the next war.