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The Big Battle Chords
Intro:

|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |

A
I think, sir, the battle is over;
                                                          E7
And the young soldier lay down his gun.

I'm tired of running for cover;
                                     A
I'm certain the battle is done.
        D                                    A
O'er sea over there where we fought them
      E7                                      A
It's quiet, for they've all gone away.

All left is the dead and the dyin',
       E7                               A
the blue lyin' long side the grave.

Interlude:

|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |

G
So, you think the battle is over,
                                              D7
and you even lay down your gun.

You carelessly rise from your cover,
                                       G
for you think the battle is done.
         C                                  G
Now, boy, hit the dirt, listen to me,
     D7                               G        D7
for I'm still the one in command.
       G
Get flat on the ground here beside me
       D7                       G
and lay your ear to the sand.

Interlude

|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |

A
Can you here the deafening rumble?
                                           E7
Can you feel the trembling ground?

It's just the horses and wagons
                                         A
that make such deafening sound.
      D                                  A
For ev'ry shot fired had an echo
      E7                                   A      E7
and ev'ry man killed wanted life.
A
There lies your friend, Jim McKinney.
       E7                                   A
Can you take the news to his wife?

Interlude

|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |

G
No, son, the battle's not over;
                                  D7
the battle has only begun.

The rest of the battle will cover
                                                 G
the part that has blackened the sun.
       C                                         G
The fight yet to come's not with cannons,
       D7                                  G       D7
Nor will the fight be hand to hand.
G                      
No one will regroup the forces;
      D7                                  G
No charge will a gen'ral command.

Interlude

|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |

A
The battle will rage in the bosom
                                                E7
of mother and sweetheart and wife.

Brother and sister and daughter
                                               A
will grieve for the rest of their lives.
          D                              A
Now, quiet, rise from your cover.
      E7                                   A       E7
Be thankful that God let you live,
    A
to go fight the rest of the battle
      E7                                            A
for those who gave all they could give.

Interlude

|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |

G
I see, sir, the battle's not over;
                                  D7
the battle has only begun.

The rest of the battle will cover
                                                G
this part that has blackened the sun.
       C                                             G
For though there's no sound of the cannon,
       D7                                            G       D7
and though there's no smoke in the sky,
      G
I'm droppin' my gun and the saber,
       D                           G
and ready for battle am I.



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About the artist behind The Big Battle Chords:

Johnny Cash, born J. R. Cash, (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003) was a Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter. Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century.

Cash was known for his deep, distinctive voice, the boom-chick-a-boom or "freight train" sound of his Tennessee Three backing band, his demeanor, and his dark clothing, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black." He traditionally started his concerts with the introduction "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."

Much of Cash's music, especially that of his later career, echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption. His signature songs include "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire," "Get Rhythm," "That Old Wheel" (a duet with Hank Williams Jr.), "Cocaine Blues," and "Man in Black". He also recorded several humorous songs, such as "One Piece at a Time," "The One on the Right Is on the Left," "Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog," "A Boy Named Sue," and a duet with June Carter called "Jackson"; and various railroad songs, such as "Rock Island Line" and "Orange Blossom Special".

He sold over 90 million albums in his nearly fifty-year career and came to occupy a "commanding position in music history".[1]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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