Gone With The DraftWords & Music by Nat King Cole, E. Dramin & Wesley Prince
Recorded by Nat King Cole, 1940
C C/B Am7 G Gone, gone, gone with the draft, C C/B Dm7 G Fdim Fdim(III) G7 Gone, gone, gone with the draft... G7 C C/B Am7 G C Em7 A7 When skinny me went out with my honey, the boys all started to laugh; C C7 F Bb9 C Dm7 C G But now it's not so funny -- they're all gone with the draft. C C/B Am7 G C Em7 A7 As a shiek, I can't be beat -- the boys all hand me a laugh. C C7 F Bb9 C Dm7 C G But since I have got flat feet, I'm not gone in the draft. Bridge 1: C7 Gdim F Dm C7 Gdim F I used to envy the fellows who had such fine physiques; D Gdim G Em7 Am7 D G But all they can say is "Hello" on seven-fifty a week. G7 C C/B Am7 G When the boys get back and see how I'm doin', C Em7 A7 they'll be sorry they laughed; C C7 F Bb9 C Dm7 C G 'Cause one can't keep on wooing and still be gone with the draft. Instrumental Interlude: 1 Verse, 1 Bridge and 1 Verse G7 C C/B Am7 G C Em7 A7 When Franklyn D did sign the draft, the cats all had a chill; C C7 F Bb9 C Dm7 C G The boys turned pale and ceased to laugh, 'cause this is a serious bill. G7 C C/B Am7 G C Em7 A7 They now realize that skinny me was the luckiest one of all, C C7 F Bb9 C Dm7 C G Who can stay at home with Minnie, while they face the canon balls. Bridge 2: C7 Gdim F Dm C7 Gdim F So boys, take it on the chin, and always wear a smile; D Gdim G Em7 Am7 D G You'll find it hard to win carryin' fifty pounds for miles. G7 C C/B Am7 G C Em7 A7 When your year of drill is up, you get your calves discharged, C C7 F Bb9 C Dm7 C G You can come back home and freshen up, and run around at large. Coda: F Fm7 - Fdim(III) C - E7 Am7 - G - F - A7 C Em7 F7 A7 Gone, gone, gone, gone with the C G F7 A7 C - Fdim - Bb9 Draft, draft, draft, draft.
*Thanks to Rémi Saboul both for the suggestion, and for providing an audio source of this largely-forgotten gem.