• Song:

    Able Baker

  • Artist:

    Harvey Andrews

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Able Baker
Harvey Andrews

This was recorded by Harvey Andrews on his 1980 vinyl album Margarita (Beeswing
Records). There is a YouTube video of him singing this song at Acoustic Routes Cambridge 
in 2007
(search for 'Harvey Andrews Acoustic Routes' as the song title is not in the video 
title). He plays it with the capo at fret 3 and uses the chords of the key of G but in the
video recording his tuning seems to be about a quarter tone down. Watch out for the 
slight change of pattern in the second lines of verses 6 and 7.

Intro: play the chords of the first verse

G (320003@1)                 DThere (xx0232@1)hasn't been much to do for a long time
C (x32010@1)     G (320003@1)     D (xx0232@1)      GSomeone (320003@1)won the war they say
       C (x32010@1)                  G (320003@1)     EmBut (022000@1)he won't give thanks to you for thinking
A7 (x02020@1)               D (xx0232@1) We're far better off that way

G (320003@1)                    DFor (xx0232@1)he wore the wings and the runway waited
C (x32010@1)      G (320003@1)          D (xx0232@1)     GSpitfire (320003@1)flies like a bird of prey
C (x32010@1)             G (320003@1)     EmHeinkels (022000@1)come again for hunting
A7 (x02020@1)               D (xx0232@1) As they did that far off May

G (320003@1)                      DAnd (xx0232@1)he rummages through all the books in view
    C (x32010@1)        G (320003@1)           D (xx0232@1)       GThe (320003@1)belts, the badges, after something new
   C (x32010@1)                   G (320003@1)      EmHe (022000@1)reads the novels to remind him when
A7 (x02020@1)                    D (xx0232@1)  He fought beside the best of men

G (320003@1)                    DGhosts (xx0232@1)and shades that haunt the memory
C (x32010@1)      G (320003@1)       D (xx0232@1)      GWords (320003@1)he hears but can't recall
  C (x32010@1)                 G (320003@1)    EmA (022000@1)place that brings a face before him
A7 (x02020@1)           D (xx0232@1) Names upon a billet wall

G (320003@1)                   DOne (xx0232@1)more year and the boys reunion
C (x32010@1)    G (320003@1)    D (xx0232@1)      GFinds (320003@1)another face not there
C (x32010@1)                  G (320003@1)   Em (022000@1) Still he wears the faded ribbon
A7 (x02020@1)                   D (xx0232@1) Of the Cross and the Croix de Guerre

G (320003@1)                  DAnd (xx0232@1)he flies again with the boys in blue
    G (320003@1)                  C (x32010@1)  GThe (320003@1)Few remaining of the very few
   C (x32010@1)                       G (320003@1)    EmHe (022000@1)tells the tales that he's told before
      A7 (x02020@1)               DAnd (xx0232@1)he feels again the esprit de corps

G (320003@1)                  DWith (xx0232@1)his victory roll and a mounting toll
       G (320003@1)                   C (x32010@1)  GHe's (320003@1)a fighter pilot with an aces soul
   C (x32010@1)                       G (320003@1)     EmHe (022000@1)drinks with boys who will soon be men
       A7 (x02020@1)              DAnd (xx0232@1)he wakes at dawn, he flies again
        G (320003@1)     C (x32010@1)     G (320003@1)  DAnd (xx0232@1)he flies......... again

G (320003@1)            D (xx0232@1)            G (320003@1)D (xx0232@1)GAble (320003@1)Baker, Charlie Two and Angels Ten,
         G (320003@1)              D (xx0232@1)              GAnd (320003@1)the fields of England pass beneath the men
            D (xx0232@1)            G (320003@1) Who fly again, who fly again
            D (xx0232@1)            G (320003@1) Who fly again, who fly again
            D (xx0232@1)            G (320003@1) D (xx0232@1)name="chord_320003@1">G
  Who fly again, who fly again
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