Red White And Blue
G C G Well I came here from eastern Virginia G D G with a shadow of doubt on my trail, G C G through the wind in the piney black forest G D G where the rain shrouded me like a veil. Bm Em And they asked me to fight for my country, Bm D a country divided in two. G C G D G But we'd already lost and all that it cost was bleeding in red white and blue. G C G There I came to a farm on the border, G D G and I asked the kind man for a drink. G C G And it looked like at first to might shoot me, G D G for he paused just a moment to think. Bm Em And he asked me of my allegiance, Bm D I told him I'd always been true G C G D G to the stars and stripes for all of my life I'd die for the red white and blue. G C G Well he scoffed and said all wars are evil, G D G for they robbed a sad world of their youth. G C G And the men who did wage them deceive us, G D G for they never will tell you the truth. Bm Em They have brother fight against brother, Bm D like Cain poor Abel he slew. G C G D G Like the night into day, the blue and the gray would fade into red white and blue. G C G Now this man had a fairly young daughter, G D G her eyes were a robin's egg blue. G C G And her hair felt like ringlets of water, G D G washed my troubles away through and through. Bm Em And she lay down beside me and whispered, Bm D that her love every night she'd renew, G C G D G if I stay by her side and never did ride to fight with the red white and blue. G C G But my love for my country grew stronger G D G and I joined with the boys in the East. G C G And we rode with a valor and swagger, G D G while we stole through the South like a beast. Bm Em And we tore out the heart of its people, Bm D and we burned every town we went through. G C G D G All the spoils were ours, beneath the stars, and stripes of the red white and blue. G C G Then a bullet most grievous did find me, G D G and my leg I could no longer feel. G C G So they sawed through my bones for to save me, G D G and they cotted my skin for to heal. Bm Em As I lay there in my confusion, Bm D they gave me a cane and a shoe. G C G D G Now one foot in the grave, a small price to pay, to serve in the red white and blue. G C G Then I made my way back to my true love, G D G there was nothing left of her home. G C G Just a pile of rubble and ashes, G D G her poor daddy was just skin and bones. Bm Em When I asked him where I might find her, Bm D he showed me where wildflowers grew. G C G D G Here he laid her to rest, the place she loved best, wildflowers of red white and blue.