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John Riley by Tim Obrien

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[Chord diagramDmDm] John Riley came from [Chord diagramFF] Galway Town in the [Chord diagramDmDm] years of the Irish [Chord diagramG+G] hunger
And he [Chord diagramDmDm] sailed away to [Chord diagramFF] Amerikay when the [Chord diagramC majorC] country was much younger [Chord diagramDmDm] . . .
Now the place was strange and [Chord diagramFF] work was scarce, and [Chord diagramDmDm] all he knew was farming [Chord diagramG+G]
So he [Chord diagramDmDm] followed his other [Chord diagramFF] Irish friends to a [Chord diagramC majorC] job in the U S [Chord diagramDmDm] Army

	[Chord diagramFF] Adventure calls and [Chord diagramDmDm] some men run
	And [Chord diagramFF] this is their sad [Chord diagramG+G] story
	[Chord diagramDmDm] Some get drunk on [Chord diagramFF] demon rum And [Chord diagramC majorC] some get drunk on [Chord diagramDmDm] glory

Now they marched down [Chord diagramFF] Texas way to the [Chord diagramDmDm] banks of the Rio [Chord diagramG+G] Grande
And they [Chord diagramDmDm] built a fort on the [Chord diagramFF] banks above to [Chord diagramC majorC] taunt old Santa [Chord diagramDmDm] Annay
They were [Chord diagramDmDm] treated bad and [Chord diagramFF] paid worse, and [Chord diagramDmDm] then the fighting [Chord diagramG+G] started
And the [Chord diagramDmDm] more they fought the [Chord diagramFF] less they thought of the [Chord diagramC majorC] damn old U S [Chord diagramDmDm] Army


Now when the church bells ring on a [Chord diagramFF] Sunday morn it [Chord diagramDmDm] set his soul to [Chord diagramG+G] shiver
He saw the [Chord diagramDmDm] senoritas [Chord diagramFF] washing their hair on the [Chord diagramC majorC] far side of the [Chord diagramDmDm] river
Then John Riley and 200 [Chord diagramFF] more [Chord diagramDmDm] Irish mercen[Chord diagramG+G]aries
They [Chord diagramDmDm] cast their lot, [Chord diagramFF] right or not, [Chord diagramC majorC] south of the Rio [Chord diagramDmDm] Granday


Now they fought bravely [Chord diagramFF] under the flag of the [Chord diagramDmDm] San Patricios [Chord diagramG+G]
Till the [Chord diagramDmDm] Yankee soldiers [Chord diagramFF] beat them down at the [Chord diagramC majorC] battle of Churu[Chord diagramDmDm]busco
Then 15 men were [Chord diagramFF] whipped like mules, on their [Chord diagramDmDm] cheeks had a hot iron [Chord diagramG+G] branded
They had to [Chord diagramDmDm] dig the graves of [Chord diagramFF] 50 more who were [Chord diagramC majorC] hanging fate-in-[Chord diagramDmDm]handed

CHORUS then full INSTR verse

Now John Riley stands and [Chord diagramFF] drinks alone at a [Chord diagramDmDm] bar in Vera [Chord diagramG+G] Cruz,
And he [Chord diagramDmDm] wonders if it [Chord diagramFF] matters much if you [Chord diagramC majorC] win or if-a you [Chord diagramDmDm] lose
"I'm a man who [Chord diagramFF] can't go home, I'm a [Chord diagramDmDm] vagabond," says [Chord diagramG+G] he,

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