G                        C          G 
His eyes they closed and his last breath spoke 
                      Em 
He had seen all to be seen 
G                        C    G 
a life once full, now an empty vase 
                         D     G 
With the blossoms on his early grave 
     C                 G 
Walk away me boy, walk away me boy 
       Em              D 
And by mornin' we'll be free 
         G                    C      G 
Wipe the golden tear from your mother dear 
                             D       G 
And raise what's left of the flag for me. 

-no chords-

Then the rosary beads count them one, two, three 
                           Em 
Fell apart as they hit the floor. 
       G                     C  G 
In our garb of black we must pay respect 
                   D      G 
To the color we're born to mourn. 
     C           G 
Walk away me boys, walk away me boys 
       Em              D 
And by mornin' we'll be free 
         G                    C      G 
Wipe the golden tear from your mother dear 
                             D       G 
And raise what's left of the flag for me. 

Interlude:
    G C G Em 
    G C G D G 

G                               C        G 
In his place there grew an angry festered wound 
                       Em 
Filled with hatred and remorse 
          G                        C        G 
Where I'd pick and scratch till the blood it matched 
                         D       G 
The silent rage now that fills my lungs 
G                                 C        G 
For there are many ways to kill a man they say 
                        Em 
With bayonet, axe, or sword 
   G                         C         G 
But son a bullet fired from a shapeless guise 
                          D       G 
Leaves but the shell of a Thompson gun. 


     C           G 
Walk away me boys, walk away me boys 
       Em              D 
And by mornin' we'll be free 
         G                    C      G 
Wipe the golden tear from your mother dear 
                             D       G 
And raise what's left of the flag for me. 

Interlude:
    G C G Em 
    G C G D G 


Em - hold - Em - hold -           D 
From the Eastern to the Western shore 
Em - hold - Em - hold -              D 
Where many men and many more will fall. 


       C               G 
But no angel flies with me tonight 
Em                    D 
Till freedom reigns on all 
              G                C          G 
And curse the name for which we slaved our days 
                         D      G 
Till every man shall his kingdom come 

Interlude:
    A D A Gbm
    A D A E A
    D A Gbm E
    A D A E A
 

            G                       C       G 
But sure as night turns day ends the passion play 
                         Em 
Oh my god what have they done 
     G                       C      G 
With madman's rage well they dug our graves 
                  D         G 
But the dead rise again you fools 


     C           G 
Walk away me boys, walk away me boys 
       Em              D 
And by mornin' we'll be free 
         G                    C      G 
Wipe the golden tear from your mother dear 
                             D       G 
And raise what's left of the flag for me. 


     C           G 
Walk away me boys, walk away me boys 
       Em              D 
And by mornin' we'll be free 
- hold -   G    - hold -          C      G - hold - 
Wipe the golden tear from your mother dear 
- no chord -
And raise what's left of the flag for me. 

Outro: G C G D G     
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