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A WELL REGULATED MILITIA

WORDS & MUSIC:   Earl P. Reinhalter



         INTRO:  A - G  (4 times)


                   A     G    A      G       A/C#  G  A/C#  G
        CHORUS:  a well, well regulated militia.
                   A     G    A      G       A  G  A  G
                 a well, well regulated militia.


                   D                          G
             I.  militiamen march for you and me.
                 Bm                             A
                 Sergeant Ray and Corporal Hinckley
                   Bm                            Em
                 parade with Chapman, Oswald and Booth.
                      A                                    Em
                 Lieutenant Sirhan looks on with approving eyes.
                      A                                      G     E
                 this well regulated militia is a-growing in size.


                   A     G    A      G       A/C#  G  A/C#  G
        CHORUS:  a well, well regulated militia.
                   A     G    A      G       A  G  A  G
                 a well, well regulated militia.


                 D                         G
            II.  over there is the Ku Klux Klan
                        Bm                          A
                 at the rifle range with their Nazi friends.
                      Bm                                Em
                 like dogs they sniff each other's rear ends.
                      A                          Em
                 they know the smell of Aryan Nation
                         A                           G    E
                 and the scent of White American Bastion.


                        A     G    A      G       A/C#  G  A/C#  G
        CHORUS:  what a well, well regulated militia.
                   A     G    A      G       A  G  A  G
                 a well, well regulated militia.


                 C                       F
      BRIDGE A:  all the people see them marching.
                 Dm
                 some of them are clapping.
                 G                             Am
                 some of them are lying on the ground,
                                          F    Bb   A  (into instrumental)
                 bleeding on the Constitution.


  INSTRUMENTAL:  A - G - A - G - A - G - A - G
                 A/C# - G - A/C# - A - G - A - G
                 (repeat under spoken part)


        SPOKEN:  "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the
                 security of a free State, the right of the people to
                 keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."


                        D                          G
           III.  in the orderly room is Pretty Boy Floyd
                      Bm                           A
                 with Billy the Kid and Bonnie and Clyde.
                     Bm                    Em
                 the Mafia liaison officer calls.
                 A                                     Em
                 Jesse James walks in and salutes them all,
                      A                                   G     E
                 this well regulated militia according to law.


                        A     G    A      G       A/C#  G  A/C#  G
        CHORUS:  such a well, well regulated militia.
                   A     G    A      G       A  G  A  G
                 a well, well regulated militia.


                 C                         F
      BRIDGE B:  there's a shootout in the ghetto.
                 Dm
                 rich ladies in their limos
                 G                                        Am
                 point their white-gloved fingers as they shop:
                                             F   Bb   A  (into instrumental)
                 "'Just say no' will make it all stop."


  INSTRUMENTAL:  A - G - A - G - A - G - A - G
                 A/C# - G - A/C# - A - G - A - G
                 (repeat)


                           D                           G
            IV.  there's a campaign map hanging on the wall.
                    Bm                         A
                 it shows where the enemy will fall:
                 Bm                             Em
                 Dealey Plaza, Alan Berg's driveway,
                 A                                          Em
                 Ford's Theater, the Dakota, the Lorraine Motel;
                 A                                 G     E
                 even your house...  you can never tell.


                           A     G    A      G       A/C#  G  A/C#  G
        CHORUS:  they're a well, well regulated militia.
                   A     G    A      G       A  G  A  G
                 a well, well regulated militia.
                   A     G    A      G       A/C#  G  A/C#  G
                 a well, well regulated militia.
                   A     G    A      G       A  G  A  G
                 a well, well regulated militia.


        ENDING:  A - G - A  (twice)

                 A           G    A
                 living in a free state,
                 A           G    A
                 living in a free state,
                 A           G    A           C   D
                 living in a free state:  J - F - K.
                 A           G    A           D   C
                 living in a free state:  Garvin Gaye,
                 A       G  A            C    D
                 Malcolm X, Harvey Milk, John Lennon
                 A   G  A       D   C   A
                 M-L-K  and Abraham Lincoln.
                  A           G    A                C   D
                 (living in a free state) where you can be...
                  A           G    A                 D   C
                 (living in a free state) ...all you can be.
                  A           G    A                C   D
                 (living in a free state) where you can be...
                  A           G    A                 D   C
                 (living in a free state) ...all you can be.

                 A           G    A
                 living in a free state.   (4 times)

© Copyright 1988 Earl P. Reinhalter.   All Rights Reserved.

 



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