Old bones    (video)

 

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    You won’t make old bones, you won’t make old bones,

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    you won’t make old bones, you’ll see.    + D - G - D - G - D - G - A (2x)

 

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1. When I was young me father said to me, he said to me,

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     he said,         “Never take advice when it comes for free.

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     ‘Cause you can have all the riches of the golden kind,

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     but without the riches of your peace of mind.”

 

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You won’t make old bones,         you won’t make old bones,

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    you won’t make old bones, you’ll see.            + G - A

 

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2. And as the old men sit and curse time’s slipping sand, slipping sand,

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    I sit and curse the time upon my hand.

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    And the north wind blows like a song of the sea,

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    the song that it carries comes plain to me.    + CHORUS      + G - A

 

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3. Now, there are some folks make remarks on me furrows and frowns,

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    me furrows and frowns,

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    and say the only way to get up is when they turn you down.

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    Oh, but everybody gives the same advice,

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    they say go and sign up for a soldiers life, or... + CHORUS      + G - A

 

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4. Well, I went to the army like everybody told me to do, told me to do,

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    they said, “We’d love to make a soldier out of you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Oh, before I put my name on the line,

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    me father’s words come to me in time, he said ....

 

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You won’t make old bones,         you won’t make old bones,

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    you won’t make old bones, you’ll see.      + G - A    - D - G - A

 

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5. I said, “Your guns and your drums are not for the likes of me,

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    the likes of me,

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    for me future it might look bleaker than bleak can be.

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    Because you talk of many more and much too few,

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    when all I wanted was a job to do.”  + CHORUS    + G - A - D - G - A

 

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6. So, people in power and positions, I tell you beware, I tell you beware,

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    of your facts and your figures to tell you what went where.

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    Because your facts and your figures are the likes of me,

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    and don’t try and tell me how me life should be.

 

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(orig. = capo 4th)    (Jez Lowe)