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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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Shipbuilding
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Elvis Costello, Clive Langer
From EC's _Punch the Clock_
(P) 1983

The Robert Wyatt version from 1982 is very much the same, only shorter.
The key is transposed two and a half tones up, his version is in Am.

Lyrics are from the _Punch the Clock_ inner sleeve


Am:    x-0-2-2-1-0-------------------------------------|
C:     x-3-2-0-1-0-------------------------------------|
D:     x-x-0-2-3-2   On most of the song:  x-5-7-7-7-5-|
Dm:    x-x-0-2-3-1   But may also be:      x-5-7-7-6-5-|
Em:    0-2-2-0-0-0   On the first times:   x-x-2-0-0-0-|
Em/D#: x-x-1-0-0-0-------------------------------------|
Em/D:  x-x-0-0-0-0-------------------------------------|
G:     3-5-5-4-3-3-------------------------------------|
C#dim: x-x-2-3-2-3   Also fits:       A7:  x-0-2-0-2-0-|
Cm7:   x-3-5-3-4-3-------------------------------------|
Cmaj7: x-3-5-4-5-3   Easier to play:       x-3-2-0-0-0-|
G7:    3-5-3-4-6-3-------------------------------------|
Gm:    3-5-5-3-3-3-------------------------------------|
Eb7    x-7-9-7-9-7-------------------------------------|   Can be played C#dim as well - I don't know.


Am | C | D | D |


Em      Em/D#
Is it worth it
Em/D         C#dim                  D
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
Dm            Cm7                 D
And a bicycle on the boy's birthday
                            G
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
C                D
By the women and children
              G
Soon we'll be shipbuilding


Em     Em/D#
Well I ask you
Em/D          C#dim                        D
The boy said "Dad they're going to make me to task
Dm          Cm7             D
But I'll be back by christmas"
                            G
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
Cmaj7              D
Somebody said that someone got filled in
Cmaj7           D
For saying that people get killed in
Cmaj7         D                G
The result of this shipbuilding
nc           G7
With all the will in the world
           Eb6
Diving for dear life
D                G
When we could be diving for pearls

Em               Em/D#            Em/D            C#dim

D                Dm              Cm7

D                           G
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
Cmaj7           D
A telegram or a picture postcard
Cmaj7                      D
Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyards
Cmaj7             D
And notifying the next of kin
G
Once again
               G7
It's all we're skilled in
           Eb6         D           G
We will be shipbuilding
             Gm
With all the will in the world
           Eb6          D        D        D
Diving for dear life
D                Em
When we could be diving for pearls
Em/D#            Em/D            C#dim

D                Dm              Cm7          D

G                Cmaj7           D            Cmaj7

D                Cmaj7           D            G

               G7
It's all we're skilled in
           Eb6         D           G
We will be shipbuilding
             Gm
With all the will in the world
           Eb6          D        D        D
Diving for dear life
D                D                D        D
When we could be diving for pearls
D                D                D        D
When we could be diving for pearls
D                   Em
When we could be diving for pearls
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MrBlister wrote on February 19 2008, 05:19 am

I think this is a very good chord chart, though I'd like to comment on the Eb6/7/C#dim issue.
Firstly, there is a mistake in that the chord diagram shows Eb7 to be x79797, when it should be x68686. Then the chart says it should be Eb6 - which I would play as x68888 - and sounds fine, though jumping up the neck is a drag.
It suggests C#dim could be substituted, which I agree sounds fine too. But I also found an alternative position to the Eb6 - which is the same shape as the Cm7 shown here - and works really well - I'd suggest this is the best solution (replace Eb6 for Cm7).

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MrBlister wrote on February 19 2008, 05:24 am

Also ... can I suggest Em/D# is 021000 and Em/D 020000. Certainly gives it a nice run-down feel.

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Ageinggroover wrote on October 21 2013, 07:28 am

This is a great guide and mostly sounds good, but if you want to play it like Elvis take a look at this vid: -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUCUnHLaduE&feature=share&list=FLkn-Ava0iVpzeYjRRkgiOXg

The first two chords are played as suggested by MrBlister above while the fourth chord goes to x42000 - further emphasises the run-down feel. I think he doesn't strum the high E in any of the first four changes.

At "with all the will in the world" he appears to play F/G 1x0033 followed by Cm7 or C7 rather than the G7 and Eb6.

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