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Wave over Wave

Jim Payne

 

Strum: B   D U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 +

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

         132

D:    xx0232

       12

Em:   022000

       32 1

C:    x32010

       2   4

G/B:  x20003

 

       G                D              Em             G

Me name's Able Rogers, a shareman am I

            C                   G                   C           D
On a three-masted schooner from Twillingate Isle

        C                   D                 G                       G/B             
I've been the world over, north, south, east, and west

             C            G                C                D
But the middle of nowhere's where I like it best

 

Chorus:

                 C              G      Em         G

Where it's wave over wave, sea over bow

           C           G               C           D
I'm as happy a man as the sea will allow

            C           D            G             G/B             
There's no other life for a sailor like me

           C                G             C          D
But to sail the salt sea, boys, sail the sea

             G          G/B          D               G (2)
There's no other life but to sail the salt sea

 

         G           D                 Em         G

The work it is hard and the hours are long

        C        G              C               D
My spirit is willing, my back it is strong

         C                      D              G                  G/B             
And when our work's over then whiskey we'll pour

         C                     G             C                    D
We'll dance with the girls upon some foreign shore

 

Chorus

 

       G                  D              Em                G

I'd leave my wife lonely ten months of the year

         C              G                       C                  D
She made me a home and raised my children dear

        C                        D            G               G/B             
But she'd never come out to bid farewell to me

      C               G              C                D
Or ken why a sailor must sail the salt sea

 

Chorus

 

         G                     D              Em              G

I've sailed the wide oceans four decades or more

         C               G                   C         D
And many times wondered what I do it for

    C                    D                 G                 G/B             
I don't know the answer, it's pleasure and pain

        C             G           C          D
With life to live over, I'd do it again

 

Final Chorus:

                 C              G      Em         G

Where it's wave over wave, sea over bow

           C           G               C           D
I'm as happy a man as the sea will allow

            C           D            G             G/B             
There's no other life for a sailor like me

           C                G             C          D
But to sail the salt sea, boys, sail the sea

             G          G/B          D               C      G
There's no other life but to sail the salt sea

 C                G             C          D
Sail the salt sea, boys, sail the sea

             G          G/B          D               G (hold)
There's no other life but to sail the salt sea


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.