Tuning: One semitone lower than standard Intro: Am- F G Am- F G Am E Am E Am There's a man walking round the island with a snake cane Am E Am E Am He picked it up in Thailand from a hurricane C G And you know he's not gonna go there F G He's been one time too long C Am Now all the gods are gone (Though the game is gone) The younger boys are drowning in a shallow sea The night belongs to snipers in palm trees And their sabres flashed like lightning In the charge of the last brigade They must have been afraid E Soldiers have their sorrow F The wretched have their rage Dm G Pray for the aged it's the dawn of another age Am Of another age C Of another age Am Of another age The blood running down the blackboard on a blank(?) screen (in a thin stream?) The convicts shake their cages of a bad dream And they'll coach you in the classroom that it cannot happen here But it has happened here I remember nothing that I memorized (The cockroach cops are crawling on a battle ground) I got my education from a black eye (The shields are in the shadows, it's a college town) And they'll teach you law and order If you dare to raise your hand Spare the glove and spoil the man Soldiers have their sorrow The wretched have their rage Pray for the aged It's the dawn of another age Of another age Of another age Thomas Paine and Jesse James are old friends And Robin Hood is riding on the road again We were born in a revolution and we died in a wasted war It's gone that way before The dogs are chasing chicken bones across the lawn If that was an election, I'm a Viet Cong So I pledge allegiance against the flag and the (fall,flaw,cloth?) for which it stands I'll raise/raze it if I can (Pledge allegiance to the land) Soldier have their sorrow The wretched have their rage Pray for the aged It's the dawn of another age Of another age Of another age Of another age Of another age
Phil changed the lyrics somewhat between Rehearsals For Retirement and There and Now - Live in Vancouver 1968 The lyrics in parenthesis are from the latter performance.
Chords supplied by Cody Gillespie-Lynch
Last modified 18 May 00 by trent