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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.