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Here's a lyric for a ballad about Paddy Mayne, one of the most decorated British soldiers in WWII. I read some stuff about him and thought he deserved his own song!

Paddy Was A Soldier


Short cut capo, E
Instrumental E D D E

E5
Paddy was a soldier, he drove the desert sands
D
From Libya to Egypt, like the devil’s right hand man
E5
Paddy hailed from Belfast, all green grass and rains
D
But he could navigate the desert like sand was in his veins
D A E5 D A E5
Paddy was a soldier, the first SAS
D A E5 D A E5 D A E5
He sailed the sandy ocean, born for it I guess

Nothing in the desert but sand and sun and sky
A trigger for your finger and a brew-up when you’re dry
Creeping down the wadis, sleeping in the day
Maybe Jerry kills you but the doubts all slip away
Paddy was a soldier, Tobruk to Alamein
He put aside his battle-dress, but not the mark of Cain

Paddy was a thinker, he even read the law
He’d stand you for a tall one, then he’d break your jaw
He said there was no secret to taking down the planes
You drive straight down the runway, let the Vickers write your name
Paddy was a soldier, the finest there would be
Just a star to steer by, and gasoline and tea

Instrumental E D D E
Bridge:

E5 D C5 B5
The desert in the still of night erupting into flame
E5 D C5 B5
Terrible to realize that war’s you’re only game
D A E5 D A E5
Paddy was a soldier, sailing on the dunes
D A E5 D A E5 D A E5
Darker than the devils’ breath, smoke obscures the moon


He crashed his car at Christmastime, 1955
After all that trackless desert, we thought he’d made it out alive
Driving home that evening, no one on the road
Moon as bright as phosphorus; it hadn’t even snowed
Paddy had been a soldier, never stopped, it seems
Moonlit sand and tracers flickered in his dreams

D A E5 D A E5 throughout
Paddy was a soldier, the finest there would be
Just a star to steer by, gasoline and tea
Paddy was a soldier, the finest there would be
Just a star to steer by, gasoline and tea

Just a star to steer by, gasoline and tea

Gasoline and tea