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Edmund Fitzgerald Chords

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Edmund Fitzgerald by: Gordon Lightfoot
Chords By: RT237

Asus2                   Em
The legend lives on from the chippewa on down 
      G       D             Asus2
Of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee"
                            Em
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
          G        D              Asus2
When the skies of November turn gloomy
                                   Em
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more 
         G           D             Asus2
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
                              Em 
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed 
           G        D              Asus2
When the "Gales of November" came early. 

                              Em
The ship was the pride of the American side 

      G           D      Asus2
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
                                  Em
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most 
      G           D         Asus2
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
                              Em
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms 
           G         D          Asus2
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
                              Em
And later that night when the ship's bell rang 
        G          D             Asus2
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?


                             Em
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound 
      G       D       Asus2
And a wave broke over the railing
                           Em
And every man knew, as the captain did too, 
           G       D             Asus2
T'was the witch of November come stealin'.
                           Em
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait 
        G      D           Asus2
When the Gales of November came slashin'.
                           Em 
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain 
      G       D             Asus2
In the face of a hurricane west wind.


                              Em
When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck 
        G         D              Asus2
Sayin’. "Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya."
                     Em
At Seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in', 
        G         D             Asus2
he said "Fellas, it's been good t'know ya"
                            Em
The captain wired in he had water comin' in 
       G           D        Asus2
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
                               Em
And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight 
        G          D        Asus2
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.


                             Em
Does any one know where the love of God goes 
        G           D        Asus2
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
                                 Em
The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay 
         G             D         Asus2
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
                                  Em
They might have split up or they might have capsized; 
     G           D           Asus2
They may have broke deep and took water.
                            Em 
And all that remains is the faces and the names 
      G           D          Asus2
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.


                   Em
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings 
      G          D       Asus2
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
                           Em
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams; 
     G          D             Asus2
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.
                  Em 
And farther below Lake Ontario 
     G          D           Asus2
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
                             Em
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know 
        G      D       Asus2
with the Gales of November remembered.

                        Em 
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed, 
       G      D       Asus2
In the "Maritime Sailors' Cathedral."
                                Em
The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times 
          G         D           Asus2
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
                               Em
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down 
      G           D          Asus2
Of the big lake they call "Gitche Gumee".
                               Em
"Superior", they said, "never gives up her dead 
         G      D             Asus2
When the 'Gales of November' come early!"

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jillbean350 wrote on August 23 2010, 04:22 pm

These are the most accurate that I have found. Easy to play and sounds BEAUTIFUL. Beautifully done!

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tuukafan40 wrote on April 15 2011, 08:12 pm

capo on the second fret and it sounds perfect!

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trailfan wrote on January 20 2013, 06:35 pm

Opening Tab:
|--7-7-9-7-5---------------------|-------6-3--------
|------------7-5-7-7b-r7--5-3-5-|--5b-------3-5-0--
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