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Rescue Mission  Kris Kristofferson

Rescue Mission Kristofferson et al
(chords - Michael Thompson - Canberra AU)
The [Dm]captain touched his swagger stick up [F]to his golden [C]eye
And [Dm]boogied thru the vestibule while [C]bidding us good[Dm]bye
The [Am]enemy surrounds us and our [C]spirit's almost gone
The [Dm]devil take the cavarly that [C]sold us for a [Dm]song
"If I'd've been a carpenter," the swarthy sergeant said
"I'd never seen this ugly thing that hangs above my head
The hell with all your heroes and the wounds they hope to show
I'm just a simple soldier, son, with one more year to go"
The albatross was tiring and the cook was in a stew
The filthy little cabin boy was whizzing in my shoe
The Captain's wife was aging, and the first mate heard her scream
When Tommy slipped tabasco in the Captain's vaseline
"Our time will soon be gone" he said, "it's all we've left to lose
We've shot our ammunition and we're all but out of booze
So here's to Imra Donegal, here's to Nellie Blye
And here's to my old friend," he said, and kissed his ass goodbye
"Give off, give off, you sorry lot, give off," the Captain cried
"We've lost our bloody anchor and we're drifting with the tide
The swollen surf is pounding like a thousand cannons' roar
And I shake the hand of any man who guides us into shore"
"We're saved, we're saved," the soldiers said, "we're saved" the soldiers cried
And soldiers climbed aboard while sailors left from either side
Some swabbies hit the minefield and the rifles all got the rest
And somewhere there's a schooner sinkin' slowly in the west
[Dm] [C] [Dm] [C] [Dm]  

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