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09/03/2009 8:21 pm  

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I'm going to add another easy chord song from the great Christy Moore, I've had great fun working on this with my guitar.

Again it's good for acoustic with electric accompanyment. The intro on the Youtube video will give a good idea of the strum pattern required.

I think this song is just as powerful as "North and South" and in the light of yesterday's tragic events and waste of life in Northern Ireland, as relevant today as in the troubles. I pray we don't have a beginning to all that again. Life is precious and should be lived in peace whatever creed, colour or nationality we are

So here goes!

SMOKE AND STRONG WHISKEY

Capo 1st Fret

Intro:

CG CG

Verse 1:

(D)Kids wear white garters and (G)smell like their mothers

(C)Whose husbands and (G)fathers alike

Drink (D)black beer in the (C)same public houses

(C)Smelling (D)of Smoke (G)and (C)Strong (G)whiskey

Verse 2:

(D)Mammies and daddies and (G)skipping ropes

Lectures (C)from holy men, (G)living in hope

That (D)they've not mistaken (C)the brand of their coats

(C)They've (D)paid for (G)in (C)spiritual (G)healing

Verse 3:

(D)A busy year this, (G)streets running red

(C)How many sent to (G)their nuptial bed

How many (D)sent home to (C)a winter of graves

(C)How (D)many wait in (G)for (C)the (G)slaughter

Chorus:

(G)Oh, (D)oh, the holy ground

(C)Ce'ad mile faite, (Am)there's saints and there's

(D)scolars to see

(G)oh, (Em)oh, (D)the holy ground

(C)Faraway hills ain't (Am)as green as they

(D)once used to be

Verse 4:

(D)It's Easter again, and (G)we cannot forget

(C)Our brothers and sisters and (G)what was said

So (D)you practice your pipes, (C)stand proud in the wet

(C)for the (D)eyes of (G)world are (C)upon (G)you

Verse 5:

(D)Kelly is seventeen, (G)and thinks he's a man

(C)He's out on the street (G)with a gun in his hand

He's (D)protecting the pipers who (C)play in the band

(C)While (D)the enemy (G)waits (C)with an (G)army

Verse 6:

(D)Dia le hE'ireann and (G)suckle the empire

(C)Dia le hE'ireann and (G)suffer the loss

Of (D)the green and the red(C)and the orange white & blue

(C)And (D)the blood and the (G)pain (C)and the (G)hatred

Chorus:

(G)Oh, (D)oh, the holy ground

(C)Ce'ad mile faite, (Am)there's saints and there's

(D)scolars to see

(G)oh, (Em)oh, (D)the holy ground

(C)Faraway hills ain't (Am)as green as they

(D)once used to be

Verse 7:

(D)God in his mercy has (G)given us men

(C)To lead us to peace (G)but they can't put an end

To (D)to all those young women (C)who are leaving the land

(C)Lying (D)frightened (G)over (C)the (G)water

Verse 8:

(D)Father walks home (G)on a colourless night

(C)The organization has (G)blinded his sight

His (D)wife and his kids (C)are sleeping tonight

(C)In (D)the arms of sweet (G)Jesus (C)and (G)Mary

Chorus:

(G)Oh, (D)oh, the holy ground

(C)Ce'ad mile faite, (Am)there's saints and there's

(D)scolars to see

(G)oh, (Em)oh, (D)the holy ground

(C)Faraway hills ain't (Am)as green as they

(D)once used to be

Repeat Verse 1:

(D)Kids wear white garters and (G)smell like their mothers

(C)Whose husbands and (G)fathers alike

Drink (D)black beer in the (C)same public houses

(C)Smelling (D)of Smoke (G)and (C)Strong (G)whiskey

Repeat last line:

(C)Smelling (D)of Smoke (G)and (C)Strong (G)whiskey

Have fun with it and don't worry if you forget bits. As you can see from the clip Christy had to ask Declan for the first chord and declared it would be a miracle if he got through it all.

Here's the youtube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ce7KiOUkdA

Cheers everyone,

Chris

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


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