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John the Gun  Sandy Denny

by Sandy Denny
From 'The North Star Grassman and the Ravens" (1971)
Capo III (Cm)
(Please note this is not the original arrangement;
I rearranged it to suit the limited skills
of a camp fire player like myself)
My s[Am]hadow follows me wher[C]ever I should chance to [Am]go
J[C]ohn the G[G]un did s[Am]ay
If y[Am]ou should chance to meet me, as I w[C]ander to and f[Am]ro
S[C]ad will [G]be your d[Am]ay
My life is mine and the light did shine,
till the guns shot right through me
So now I shall never fall
Ideals of peace are gold which fools
have found upon the plains of war
I shall destroy them all
P[Dm]ut away your g[C]uns of steel
Death c[Dm]omes too soon for a[C]ll
Your m[F]aster he will n[C]eed you soon[Em]
And y[G]ou will heed his c[Am]all
I am the master of the game
That you will hardly ever play
So I will teach your sons
And if they should die
Before the evening of their span of days
Why, then they will die young
Condemn me not
For always have I played the game of war
In moonshine or in sun
And if any cross the path I choose to tread
Their chances they are poor
For I am John the Gun

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