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John Johnston


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CHORUS

From the [G] hills of northern [A] Ireland to the [D] forests of the [G] Algonquin
If [Bm] you had known John [G] Johnston, you'd have [A] known a gentleman
[G] All for love and [A] love for all, and [D] all beside St. [G] Mary's falls
with the [Bm] woman of the [G] green glade in the [A] hinterland [D G A D]

He was [D] born into the [G] gentry not so [A] far from Belfast [D] town
He was [Bm] fatherless at [G] seven years of [A] age
He loved [G] literature and [A] history and to [D] not burden his [G] family
So in the [Bm] year 1790 [G] he turned a [A] new page [D]

He was [D] twenty-eight years [G]old when he set [A] foot down in New [D] York
He [Bm] made his way [G] on up to [A] Montreal
He [G] met a man named [A] Andrew Todd who [D] said let's go to [G] Mackinac
You'll [Bm] trap your weight in [G] furs and sell them [A] all D

From [D] Mackinac he [G] set out for the [A] island of [D] Lapointe
when [Bm] winter came his [G] men deserted him [A]
At the [G] end of lake [A] Superior he was [D] up against it [G] that’s for sure
but [Bm] John stood there and [G] took it on the chin [A] [D]

CHORUS

From the [G] hills of northern [A] Ireland to the [D] forests of the [G] Algonquin
If [Bm] you had known John [G] Johnston, you'd have [A] known a gentleman
[G] All for love and [A] love for all, and [D] all beside St. [G] Mary's falls
with the [Bm] woman of the [G] green glade in the [A] hinterland [D G A D]

While [D] trading up at [G] Red Cliff Point with [A] man they called [D] Waubo’jig
His [Bm] eyes fell on the [G] daughter of the [A] chief
He [G] sighed a sigh, asked [A] himself why, then [D] died a death that [G] would not die
then [Bm] asked the man to [G] save him from his [A] grief [D]

[D] "White Man!" said the [G] chief, "You ask me [A] for my daughter's [D] hand,
but [Bm] how do I know [G] that your heart is [A] pure?
I've [G] watched your other [A] countrymen take [D] women then [G] abandon them
Come [Bm] back in one year and [G] we will know what's sure [A] [D] 

[D] John could not [G] believe these words and [A] tried hard to [D] persuade
with [Bm] arguments and [G] presents all in [A] vain
[G] One year later [A] with his breath he [D] swore to [G] hold her ‘till his death
in [Bm] autumn colours, [G] winter snow, in spring and summer [A] rain [D] 

CHORUS

From the [G] hills of northern [A] Ireland to the [D] forests of the [G] Algonquin
If [Bm] you had known John [G] Johnston, you'd have [A] known a gentleman
[G] All for love and [A] love for all, and [D] all beside St. [G] Mary's falls
with the [Bm] woman of the [G] green glade in the [A] hinterland [D G A D]

[D] O’zhawgusco [G] daywiquay was [A] John's reluctant [D] bride
For [Bm] 36 long [G] years they lived as [A] one
[G] Eight children filled their [A] family of [D] love there at [G] Sault Ste Marie
in [Bm] Chippewa [G] moonlight and Irish [A] sun [D]

[D] As years went by the [G] offers came to [A] take John far [D] away
With [Bm] thanks he turned [G] every one of them [A] down
One [G] smile from those he [A] loved was all John [D] Johnston [G] wanted to recall
the [Bm] day they laid his body in the [A] ground [D] CHORUS

From the [G] hills of northern [A] Ireland to the [D] forests of the [G] Algonquin
If [Bm] you had known John [G] Johnston, you'd have [A] known a gentleman
[G] All for love and [A] love for all, and [D] all beside St. [G] Mary's falls
with the [Bm] woman of the [G] green glade in the [A] hinterland [D G A D]

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