The Deserter by Fairport Convention

The Deserter chords by Fairport Convention

Guitar chords with lyrics

The Deserter

Intro.
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A

    Bm     D     A    Em
Here I stand in a land that isn't my own
Bm      D      A     Em
Far from the country that I know as home
   Bm      G     A      Bm
I was sent here by government armed by the King
    G      D      Em    A
And I'm told I must kill men in order to bring
Bm      G    A
Peace to this foreign land
     Bm    D    A     Em
There he lies on a land no longer his own
    Bm     D      A      Em
In the grey of the country that he knows as home
    Bm      G         A     Bm
He was sent here by government, but he might not agree
    G      D      Em    A
And if someone must kill him God why is it me?
     Bm      G    A
To bring peace to this foreign land

Chorus
     D     A
Don't despise the deserter
     Bm     G
Don't despise the deserter
     D     Em
Don't despise the deserter
  G      A
Who ran from the war
    D      A
Don't despise the deserter
     Bm     G
Don't despise the deserter
     D     Em
Don't despise the deserter
   G      D
Who ran from the war.

Inter.
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A

   Bm      D    A       Em
So I bent down to drag him away from the wire
    Bm       D     A     Em
But the rifles to the left of me started to fire
    Bm      G       A      Bm
He was riddled with bullets, I was smothered in blood
   G       G      Em  A
And I don't see how murdering somebody could
   Bm     G    A
Bring peace to a foreign land

   Bm      D    A       Em
So I ran from the fighting threw down my gun
   Bm     D    A      Em
And I ran by the moon and slept by the sun
   Bm    G       A       Bm
Now arrested by government and charged by the King
   G      D       Em    A
To be shot 'cos I can't kill in order to bring
Bn     G    A
Peace to a foreign land

Chorus

Ending
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A,
D,Em,A,Bm,G,A,D-D,Em,A,Bm,G,Em,A,D

The chord runs marked Intro, Inter & Ending are very much my interpretation of an amazing section of
violin lead.
It works and sound reasonable.

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