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okthen Lyr Req: John Gun (Alex. Laing) (10) Lyr/Chords Add: JOHN THE GUN (Sandy Denny) 20 Aug 03


Transcribed by Mike Beauvois .

Mike notes: Notice the key change between the verse (Em) and the chorus (Dm). One would normally expect the key change to go up for the chorus. Also note the Bm7 chord - a clever way of leading back into the verse via the dominant.

Em
"My shadow follows me
    G             Em
Wherever I should chance to go",
G       D       Em
John the Gun did say.

"If you should chance to meet me
      G                Em
As I wander to and fro,
G         D       Em
Sad would be your day.

My life was mine and the light did shine
          G                Em
'Til the guns they did go through me,
    G          D         Em
So now I shall never fall.

Ideals of peace are gold which fools have found

Upon the plains of war.
   G       D   Em
I shall destroy them all."

A             Dm
Put away your guns of steel,
       C                  Dm
Death comes too soon for all.
      Bb            F          Eb
Your master he may need you soon,
                      Bb   Bb/Ab Bm7
And you must heed his call.

Violin solo over verse and chorus chords.

    Em
"I am the master of the games
      G               Em
That you will hardly ever play,
    G      D          Em
So I will teach your sons.

And if they should die before the evening
G             Em
Of their span of days,
      G    D    Em
Why, then they will die young".

chorus

    Em
"Condemn me not, for always will I
G                Em
Play the game of war
    G    D   Em
In moonshine or in sun.
                                       G
And if any cross the path I choose to tread,
          Em
Their chances they are poor.
    G       D       Em
My name is John the Gun".

A             Dm
Put away your guns of steel,
       C                  Dm
Death comes too soon for all.
      Bb            F          Eb
Your master he may need you soon,
                      Bb   Em9
And you must heed his call.

|Am / / /| % |G / / /|Am / / /| % |C / G / /|Am ||


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Reinhard Zierke, zierke@informatik.uni-hamburg.de


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