Thousands Are Sailing, by The Pogues - guitarplayerbox - Easy guitar songs for guitar beginners and newcomers

Thousands Are Sailing

The Pogues
Chords used in this song: A, Am, C, D, Em, G
AChord: A
AmChord: Am
CChord: C
DChord: D
EmChord: Em
GChord: G
[Verse]
G
The island it is silent now
        C
But the ghosts still haunt the waves
        G                 Em
And the torch lights up a famished man
    Am                D
Who fortune could not save
        G
Did you work upon the railroad
        C
Did you rid the streets of crime
          G                 Em
Were your dollars from the white house
     D                      G
Were they from the five and dime
        Em
Did the old songs taunt or cheer you
           C                    G
And did they still make you cry
        Em
Did you count the months and years
                Am               D
Or did your teardrops quickly dry
    G
Ah, No, says he 'twas not to be
     C
On a coffin ship I came here
      G          Em
And I never even got so far
     D                        G
That they could change my name


[Chorus]
Em
Thousands are sailing
D                  Am
Across the Western Ocean
     Em
To a land of opportunity
     D                 Am
That some of them will never see
Em
Fortune prevailing
D                  Am
Across the Western Ocean
      Em
Their bellies full

And their spirits free
        D                   Am
They'll break the chains of poverty
            C
And they'll dance

Instrumental:  Em  D  Am  G


[Verse]
G
In Manhattan's desert twilight
       C
In the death of afternoon
           G               Em
We stepped hand in hand on Broadway
               Am          D
Like the first man on the moon
D        G
And "The Blackbird" broke the silence
       C
As you whistled it so sweet
       G               Em
And in Brendan Behan's footsteps
            D            G
I danced up and down the street
        Em
Then we said goodnight to Broadway
       C           G
Giving it our best regards
           Em
Tipped our hats to Mister Cohan
         Am                       D
Dear old Times Square's favourite bard
D       G
Then we raised a glass to J.F.K.
      C
And a dozen more besides
       G              Em
When I got back to my empty room
   D                  G
I suppose I must have cried


[Chorus]
Em
Thousands are sailing
D                  Am
Again across the ocean
          Em
Where the hand of opportunity
      D            Am
Draws tickets in a lottery
Em
Postcards we're mailing
   D                  Am
Of sky-blue skies and oceans
     Em
From rooms the daylight never sees
      D                    Am
Where lights don't glow on Christmas trees
       C
But we dance to the music and we dance

Instrumental 2:
Em  D  A  C  Em  D  A
Em  G  D  A  Em  G  D  A
Em  Am  Em  C  G  D  G  D  G


[Chorus]
Em
Thousands are sailing
D                  Am
Again across the ocean
          Em
Where the hand of opportunity
      D            Am
Draws tickets in a lottery
Em
Where e'er we go, we celebrate
   D                  Am
The land that makes us refugees
     Em
From fear of Priests with empty plates
      D                    Am
From guilt and weeping effigies
       C
And we dance to the music and we dance

Em  D  A  C  Em  D  A
Em  Em  G  D  A  Em  G  D  A
Em  Am  Em  C  G  D  G  D  G


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