The Retreat chords

Elton John

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verse 1 F C/E Bb/D F They laid beneath the pine trees with their caps over their eyes Bb F G C They were drunk with home and mama as they brushed away the flies F C/E Bb F In an instant before the sunrise they had gunned the rebels down Bb F C F As their flags were torn at half mast in the ruins of the town verse 2 F C/E Bb/D F There were white sails on the water for the crippled on the beach Bb F G C There was a lack of ammunition so the cause was incomplete F C/E Bb F When the bugle blew at breakfast and they knew their ships were in Bb F C F Signs of grand assurance were carried on the wind
F C/E Dm F/C Bb F Take it home, take it low, take responsibilities Gm C Bb C Came the message from the front F C/E Dm F/C Bb C/A For the captains, captains quarters must retreat Gm7 C Bb F Pack the compass, pack the tents, take the bunks
verse 3 F C/E Bb F/C They just chalked it down in history but they kept their uniforms Bb F G C They put their medals on the sideboards and they went back to their farms F C/E Bb F For it was just a mere reminder that they stood beside the best Bb F C F That God had saved the chosen few and the devil took the rest
F C/E Dm F/C Bb F Take it home, take it low, take responsibilities Gm C Bb C Came the message from the front F C/E Dm F/C Bb C/A For the captains, captains quarters must retreat Gm7 C Bb F Pack the compass, pack the tents, take the bunks
verse 4 F C/E Bb/D F On the planes above the rock face where the sculptured eagles swoop Bb F G C There's a haunted yell for action among the spectres of his troops F C/E Bb F It was silent on the coastline as the crazy angels danced Bb F C F With the sound of retreating footfall from his military camp
F C/E Dm F/C Bb F Take it home, take it low, take responsibilities Gm C Bb C Came the message from the front F C/E Dm F/C Bb C/A For the captains, captains quarters must retreat Gm7 C Bb F Pack the compass, pack the tents, take the bunks