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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
Aboard the P. T. 109
   C                G7  C
To fight the brazen en-emy

And off the Isle of Olasana
C              G7         C
In the straits beyond the ROO
A Jap destroyer in the night
C             G7      C
Cut the One-O-Nine in two
Smoke and fire upon the sea
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
And on the coast of Kolombangaro 
C               G7      C
Looking through his telescope
Australia's Evans saw the battle
    C            G7     C
For the crew had little hope

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

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

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


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

Smoke and fire upon the sea
Everywhere they looked was the enemy
But J. F. K. and his crew lived on
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.