Hero of war    (video)    (clip)

 

     F - G

 

                      C                                   Em

1. He said, "Son, have you seen the world ?

                                        F                               C

    Well, what would you say if I said that you could ?

                             F                             C

    Just carry this gun, you'll even get paid."

                                                  G       - G7

    I said, "That sounds pretty good."

 

                             C                              Em

2. Black leather boots, spit-shined, so bright,

                              F                         C

    they cut off my hair, but it looks alright.

                                        F                                C

    We marched and we sang, we all became friends,

                                        G       - G7

     as we learned how to fight.

 

                Am                                    F

A hero of war ! Yeah, that's what I'll be,

                              C                                               G

and when I come home, they'll be damn proud of me.

                    Am                               F

I'll carry this flag, to the  grave if I must,

                                    C                                 G

'cause it's a flag that I love and a flag that  I trust.

 

                              C                              Em

3. I kicked in the door, I yelled my commands.

                                   F                            C

    the children, they cried, but I got my man.

                              F                            C

    We took him away, a bag over his face,

                                           G         - G7

    from his family and his friends.

 

                                  C                                     Em

4. They took off his clothes, they pissed in his hands.

                            F                               C

    I told them to stop, but then I joined in.

                                  F                                        C

    We beat him with guns, and batons, not just once,

                               G     - G7

    but again and again.

 

                Am                                    F

A hero of war ! Yeah, that's what I'll be,

                              C                                               G

and when I come home, they'll be damn proud of me.

                    Am                              F

I'll carry this flag, to the grave if I must,

                                    C                                  G - F    - G

'cause it's a flag that I love and a flag that  I tru......st.

 

             C                                        Em

5. She walked through bullets and haze.

                              F                               C

    I asked her to stop, I begged her to stay.

                                F                          C

    But she pressed on, so I lifted my gun,

                          G    - G7

    and I fired away.

 

                     C                                       Em

6. And the shells jumped through the smoke,

                         F                                             C

    and into the sand that the blood now had soaked.

                 F                                      C

    She collapsed with a flag in her hand,

                                G     - G7

    a flag white as snow.

 

                Am                              F

A hero of war is now what they see,

                              C                                  G

just medals and scars, so damn proud of me.

                                        Am                           F

And I brought home that flag, now it gathers dust,

                                  C                                  G

but it's the flag that I love, it's the only flag I trust.

 

                      C                                   Em

    He said, "Son, have you seen the world ?”

                                        F                                C

    Well, what would you say if I said that you could ?

 

(orig. = capo 4th)    (Rise Against)