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Mariners Revenge Song Chords

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Long song, easy guitar part. Settle in, this is the guitar part for the ENTIRE song.
All 8 minutes and 7 seconds of it. There are some parts that have a bit of a cadenza
feel, but they don't go anywhere on the finger board, i marked them "(c-ish)" just
for a head's up. First legitimate tab, please don't kill me!

"Mariner's Revenge Song" off Picaresque by the Decemberists


(Start with an Am intro, the strum is easy)

Am                                                                 E
We are two Mariners, our ship's sole survivors, in this belly of a whale
E                        
It's ribs our ceiling beams, it's guts our carpeting, I guess we have some time 
   Am
to kill. You may not remember me, I was a child of three, and you a lad of 
E
eighteen. But I remember you, and I will relate to you, how our histories 
       Am
interweave.
Fm                                       Am   Fm
At the time you were a rake and a rastabout. Spending all your money on the 
            E      Fm E
whores and hounds. Oh-oh 
Am                                       
You had a charming air, all cheap and debonair, my widowed mother found so 
E                                              
sweet. And so she took you in, her sheets still warm with him, now filled 
                    Am
with filth and fowl disease. 
Fm                                               Am    Fm
As time wore on you proved a debt-ridden drunken mess. Leaving my mother a 
                  E      Fm E
poor consumptive wretch. Oh-oh
Am                                                                         
And then you disappeared. Your gambling arrears, the only thing you left 
E                                    
behind. And then the magistrate, reclaimed our small estate, and my poor 
                Am
mother lost her mind. 
Fm                                            Am    Fm
Then one day in spring my dear, sweet mother died. But before she did I took 
                       E     Fm E
her hand as she dying cried, Oh-oh, 
 Fm                                                  Am         
"Find him, bind him, tie him to a pole and break his fingers to splinters, 
                            Fm
drag him to a hole until he wakes up, naked, clawing at the ceiling of his 
E      Fm E
grave, oh-oh." (Little Am fill right here)
Am                                            
It took me fifteen years to swallow all my tears, among the urchins in the 
E
street. And then a priory, took pity and hired me to keep their vestry nice 
     Am
and neat. 
Fm (c-ish)            Am(c-ish)      Fm(c-ish)
But never once in the employ of these holy men, did I ever once turn my mind 
                    E(c-ish)  Fm E
from the thought of revenge. Oh-oh. 
Am(harsh double strum for this part)
One night I overheard, the prior exchanging words with a penetant whaler from 
  E(smooth)  E(harsh double strum)
the sea. The captain of his ship, who matched you toe to tip, was known for a 
       Am(smooth)
wanton cruelty. 
Fm                                          Am
The following day I shipped to sea with the privateer. And in the whistle of 
                        E     Fm E
the wind I could almost hear, oh-oh.
 Fm                                                   Am
"Find him, bind him, tie him to a pole and break his fingers to splinters, 
                             Fm                     
drag him to a whole until he wakes up, naked, clawing at the ceiling of his 
E
grave. 
C                         G           C                      G     Am
There is one thing I must say to you, as you sail across the sea. Always your 
                  Em        Fm                         E
mother will watch over you, as you avenge this wicked deed.


Middle section: Am-E-Fm-E


Am                                                                       E
And then one fateful night, we had you in our sights, after 20 months at sea. 
                                           
Your starboard flank abeam, I was getting my muskets clean, when came this 
               Am
rumbling from beneath. 
Fm(c-ish)                       Am(c-ish)           Fm(c-ish)
The ocean shook, the sky went black and the captain quailed. And before us 
                               E     (candenza)  Fm E
grew the angry jaws of a giant whale, oh-oh, oh, oh-oh
Am                                                             
Don't know how I survived, the crew all was chewed alive, I must have slipped 
            E                                              
between his teeth. But oh what providence, what divine intelligence, that you 
                          Am
should survive as well as me. 
Fm                                                     Am    Fm
It gives my heart great joy to see your eyes fill with fear. So lean in close 
                                         E     Fm E
and I will whisper the last words you'll hear, oh-oh

(Solo at end,all on high E)
E--8--7--8--7--8-7-5-7-8-7-5-7x2
E--8--7--8--7--8-7-5-7-8-5-7-8--12(hold)-10-8-7-5-8-7
(repeat until end of song, get faster and faster each time)

Hope you enjoyed!
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whitman13 wrote on December 31 2005, 06:50 am

Nice job on a great (albeit simple) song. The chords marked Fm sound more like F to me? Thanks for taking the time and posting this. -W

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debaser80 wrote on January 25 2006, 02:34 pm

i agrre with w. its an F

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death_cab_love wrote on February 9 2007, 10:34 pm

great song, great tab.

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