A pittance of time    (video)

 

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1. They fought and some died for their homeland,

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††† they fought and some died, now itís our land.

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††† Look at his little child, thereís no fear in her eyes,

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†††† could he not show respect for other dads who have died ?

 

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††† Take two minutes, would you mind? Itís a pittance of time

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††† for the boys and the girls who went o.......ver.

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†††† In peace may they rest, may we never forget,

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††† why they died,††††††††††††††††† itís a pittance of time.

 

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2. God forgive me for wanting to strike him,

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†† give me strength so as not to be like him.

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††† My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips,

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††† my throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists.

 

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††† But two minutes I will bide, itís a pittance of time,

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††† for the boys and the girls who went o.......ver.

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††† In peace may they rest, may we never forget

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††† why they died,†††††††††††††††† itís a pittance of time.

 

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3. Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home,

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††† they have casualties, battles, and fears of their own.

 

 

 

 

 

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††† Thereís a price to be paid, if you go, if you stay,

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††† freedomís fought for and won in numerous ways.

 

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††† Take two minutes, would you mind ? Itís a pittance of time

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††† for the boys and the girls all o........ver.

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††† May we never forget our young become vets,

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††† at the end of the line,††††††††† itís a pittance of time.

 

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4. It takes courage to fight in your own war,

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††† it takes courage to fight someone elseís war.

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††† Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell,

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††† they bring hope to foreign lands that hatemongers canít kill.

 

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††† Take two minutes, would you mind? Itís a pittance of time

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††† for the boys and the girls who go o........ver.

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††† In peacetime our best still don battle dress,

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††† and lay their lives on the line,†††††††††† itís a pittance of time.

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††† In Peace may they rest, lest we forget why they died,

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††† take a pittance of time.††††††††† + C - Em - F - C - Dm - G - C

 

(orig. = capo 2nd)††† (Terry Kelly)