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THE DOWNEASTER "ALEXA" - Billy Joel Intro: Am - Em - G - Am 2x C G Am Well I'm on the Down- easter A- lexa C G F And I'm cruising through Block Island Sound. F C Dm I have chartered a course to the Vineyard. C G F C - F But to- night I am Nantucket bound F G C F We took on diesel back in Montauk yester- day, F G Am G/B And left this morning from the bell in Gardiner's Bay. F G C F Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home, F G Am G/B Too proud to leave, I worked my fingers to the bone C G Am So I could own my Down- easter A- lexa C G F And I go where the ocean is deep. F C Dm There are giants out there in the canyons. C G F C - F And a good captain can't fall a- sleep F G C F I got bills to pay and children who need clothes. F G Am G/B I know there's fish out there but where, God only knows. F G C F They say these waters aren't what they used to be. F G Am G/B But I've got people back on land who count on me. C G Am So when you see my Down- easter A- lexa C G F And if you work with the rod and the reel, F C Dm Tell my wife I am trolling At- lantis, C G F And I still have my hands on the wheel. Instrumental Bridge: Am - Em - G - Am 2x Em - G - D - Em Am - Em - G - Am C G Am Now I drive my Down- easter A- lexa C G F More and more miles from shore ev'ry year, F C Dm Since they told me I can't sell no stripers. C G F And there's no luck in sword fishing here. F G C F I was a bayman like my father was be- fore. F G Am G/B Can't make a living as a bayman any- more. F G C F There ain't much future for a man who works the sea. F G Am G/B But there ain't no island left for islanders like me. C G Am Ya, ya, yaa aaa yo C G Am Ya, ya, yaa aaa yo C G Am Ya, ya, yaa aaa yo C G Am Ya, ya, yaa aaa yo// G/B x20003 not the 1th version. i added and changed some chords. credit to the others