The Green Fields of France – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to The Green Fields of France are about a man sitting buy the grave of a young man and wondering how he died. The chords are presented here in the key of G major. Use our chord converter to play the song in other keys.

 
G 
Well how do you  
Em 
do, young  
C 
Willie 
 
Mc
Am 
Bride
 
Do you  
D 
mind if I  
D7 
sit here down  
C 
by your grave
G 
side
 
And rest for a  
Em 
while ‘neath the  
C 
warm summer  
Am 
sun
 
I’ve been  
D 
working all  
D7 
day and  
C 
I’m nearly  
G 
done.
 
I see by your  
Em 
gravestone you were  
C 
only 
 
nine
Am 
teen
 
When you  
D 
joined the  
C 
fallen in  
G 
nineteen 
 
six
D7 
teen
 
I  
G 
hope you died  
Em 
well and I  
Am 
hope you died clean
 
Or young  
D 
Willie 
 
Mc
D7 
Bride was it  
C 
slow and ob
G 
scene.
Chorus
 
Did they  
D 
beat the drum  
D7 
slowly
 
Did they  
C 
play the fife  
G 
lowly
 
Did they  
D 
sound the death  
D7 
march
 
As they  
C 
lowered you  
D 
down
 
And did the  
C 
band play the Last post and  
G 
chorus
Em 
 
Did the  
G 
pipes play the Flow’rs of the  
D7 
fo
G 
rest.

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And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
Although you died back in nineteen sixteen
In that faithful heart are you forever nineteen
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enclosed and forever behind the glass frame
In an old photograph, torn and battered and stained
And fade to yellow in a brown leather frame.

Chorus

The sun now it shines on the green fields of France
There’s a warm summer breeze, it makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There’s no gas, no barbed wire, there’s no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it’s still no-man’s land
The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man
To a whole generation that were butchered and damned.

Chorus

Now young Willie McBride I can’t help but wonder why
Do all those who lie here know why they died
And did they believe when they answered the cause
Did they really believe that this war would end wars
Well the sorrows, the suffering, the glory, the pain
The killing and dying was all done in vain
For young Willie McBride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.

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[G]Well how do you [Em]do, young [C]Willie Mc[Am]Bride
Do you [D]mind if I [D7]sit here down [C]by your grave[G]side
And rest for a [Em]while ‘neath the [C]warm summer [Am]sun
I’ve been [D]working all [D7]day and [C]I’m nearly [G]done.

I see by your [Em]gravestone you were [C]only nine[Am]teen
When you [D]joined the [C]fallen in [G]nineteen six[D7]teen
I [G]hope you died [Em]well and I [Am]hope you died clean
Or young [D]Willie Mc[D7]Bride was it [C]slow and ob[G]scene.

Chorus

Did they [D]beat the drum [D7]slowly
Did they [C]play the fife [G]lowly
Did they [D]sound the death [D7]march
As they [C]lowered you [D]down
And did the [C]band play the Last post and [G]chorus[Em]
Did the [G]pipes play the Flow’rs of the [D7]fo[G]rest.

And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind
In some faithful heart is your memory enshrined
Although you died back in nineteen sixteen
In that faithful heart are you forever nineteen
Or are you a stranger without even a name
Enclosed and forever behind the glass frame
In an old photograph, torn and battered and stained
And fade to yellow in a brown leather frame.

Chorus

The sun now it shines on the green fields of France
There’s a warm summer breeze, it makes the red poppies dance
And look how the sun shines from under the clouds
There’s no gas, no barbed wire, there’s no guns firing now
But here in this graveyard it’s still no-man’s land
The countless white crosses stand mute in the sand
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man
To a whole generation that were butchered and damned.

Chorus

Now young Willie McBride I can’t help but wonder why
Do all those who lie here know why they died
And did they believe when they answered the cause
Did they really believe that this war would end wars
Well the sorrows, the suffering, the glory, the pain
The killing and dying was all done in vain
For young Willie McBride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again.

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