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The Monitor Chords

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Bishop Allen – The Monitor.
C F C F C F G
C                F
Once a great ironworks 
C                      F
Stood at the end of my street
C                                      
And they hauled in The Monitor
F 
Fit her with armor 
       G
For to save the union fleet 
C                      F               
The River James was on fire
C                              F
As The Merrimack thundered and raged
        C                      F 
And she seemed so colossal and so unstoppable 
  G                               
Until the two engaged 
               Am
And inside the sound 
            Em               G                C
A deafening din, round after round, again and again
 F         C     F          C     F          G
Shattering down, shattering down, shattering down 


The neighborhood’s quiet at night 
But sometimes my ears still ring 
And you think I’d understand 
That a rock-n-roll band 
Doesn’t mean a blessed thing 
But I picture the poor crew stunned 
When the cannons did finally subside 
How they stand on the deck 
With the sun at their neck 
And they wonder if they’re still alive 
And I try to shout 
But none of them hear 
They’re moving their mouths 
But the blood in their ears 
Is running down, running down, running down 
                  C              G
And we’re singing la da da da da da
                  C              G 
And we’re singing la da da da da da
                  F               G 
And we’re singing la da da da da da 
         C
But what then? 

It’s stunning to know I’ve survived 
But I’m not sure what I’m fighting for anymore 
And when I break another string 
And continue to sing 
Is that courage? I’m not sure. 
When the ironclads drifted apart 
Still blue and still gray 
The men shoveled in the coal 
And worked the pumps in the hull 
Just like every other day 
And none of them knew 
Oh, none of them cared 
How much it just changed right then and right there 
They just carried on, carried on, carried on 

And we’re singing la da da da da da 
And we’re singing la da da da da da 
And we’re singing la da da da da da 
But what then? 

And we’re singing la da da da da da 
And we’re singing la da da da da da 
And we’re singing la da da da da da 
But what then?
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