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P. T. 109
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P. T. 109 lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use, it was recorded by Jimmy Dean. This huge hit is about JFK and his heroic deeds, it's not difficult to play and it's very entertaining.

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P. T. 109
by Jimmy Dean  written by Marijohn Wilkin & Fred Burch
 
C                   F
In forty-three they put to sea
C                G7     C
Thirteen men and Ken-ne-dy
                 F
Aboard the P. T. 109
   C                G7  C
To fight the brazen en-emy

                    F
And off the Isle of Olasana
C              G7         C
In the straits beyond the ROO
                F
A Jap destroyer in the night
C             G7      C
Cut the One-O-Nine in two
 
G7
Smoke and fire upon the sea
C
Everywhere they looked was the enemy
G7                                     C
The heathen gods of old Japan Yea they thought    
                       G7          C
They had the best of a mighty good man
 
                    F
And on the coast of Kolombangaro 
C               G7      C
Looking through his telescope
                          F
Australia's Evans saw the battle
    C            G7     C
For the crew had little hope

                         F
Two were dead  some were wounded
C                 G7     C
All were clinging to the bow
                    F
Fighting fire and a-fighting water
C                    G7        C
Trying to save their lives somehow
 
                         F
McMahon the Irishman was burned
C           G7       C
So badly he couldn't swim
                       F
Leave me here go on he said
      C            G7           C
Cause if you don't we'll all be dead

                           F
The P. T. skipper couldn't leave him
C            G7       C
A man to die alone at sea
                  F
And with a strap 'tween his teeth
C                     G7          C
He towed the Irishman through the sea
 
                               F
 He led his men through waters dark
C               G7     C
Rocky reefs and hungry sharks
                   F
Braved the enemies bayonets 
  C            G7              C
A thirty-eight hung around his neck

                             F
Four more days and four more nights
C             G7          C
A rescue boat pulled into sight
                  F
The P. T. 109 was gone
C                   G7         C
But Kennedy and his crew lived on

Spoken:

Now who could guess  or who could possibly know
That this same man named Kennedy would
 
                     F
Be the leader of the nation
   C          G7      C
Be the one to take command
                  F
The P. T. 109 was gone
C                    G7    C
But Kennedy lived to fight again

G7
Smoke and fire upon the sea
C
Everywhere they looked was the enemy
G7
But J. F. K. and his crew lived on
 
Spoken:
Which proves it's hard to get the best of a man named John

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This story about John Kennedy has been told many times, but this great old song tells it very well. You can easily learn to play and sing this classic using these P. T. 109 lyrics and chords.

 

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