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Wooden Ships Chords

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Here is the Airplane's great recording of the Kantner/Stills collaboration. These 
are the main chords Paul plays. Jorma solos in E minor pentatonic. If anyone wants 
the solo tab, comment and say so. This is pretty easy, you just have to remember 
the Cmaj7 in the first verse and the Cmaj7 in the "sail away..." part are 
different. I put the chord shapes at the bottom. Have fun.

G5                         Cmaj7   Dm 
If you smile at me I would understand
                G5 
Because that is something
                                Cmaj7  Dm      G5 Cmaj7 Dm
Everyone does everywhere in the same language
G5                                               Cmaj7 Dm 
I can see by your coat my friend you’re from the other side
        G5 
There's just one thing I've got to know
        Cmaj7   Dm          G5    Cmaj7 Dm       G5 Cmaj7 Dm
Can you tell me please, who won?
         G5                             Cmaj7 
You must try some of my purple berries
            Dm            G5
I've been eating them for six or seven weeks now
            Cmaj7    Dm                 Em         A D 
Haven't got sick once, probably keep us both alive 

Em A D
E A D F/C

Em                         A    D
Wooden ships on the water, very free 
Em                             A        D
Easy, you know the way it's supposed to be
Em                             A        D
Silver people on the shoreline leave us be
Cmaj7         Em
Very free and easy

Em                  Cmaj7                Em Cmaj7
Sail away where the morning sun goes high
Em                     Cmaj7                Em              Cmaj7
   Sail away where the wind blows sweet and young birds fly
Em               Cmaj7       D                                   C D
   Take a sister by her hand, lead her far from this barren land

Em                    A         D
Horror grips us as we watch you die
Em                         A         D
All we can do is echo your anguished cries 
Em                 A        D
Stare as all human feelings die 
Cmaj7                         Em Cmaj7
We are leaving you don't need us 

Em Cmaj7 
Em Cmaj7
D







Em                   A      D
Go and take a sister by her hand
Em                    A       D
   Lead her from this foreign land 
Em                          A      D
   Somewhere where we might laugh again
Cmaj7                    Em       Cmaj7
We are leaving you don't need us 

Em Cmaj7 
Em Cmaj7
Em Cmaj7
Em Cmaj7 
Em Cmaj7
Em Cmaj7
Em Cmaj7
Em Cmaj7
Em Cmaj7  D

Em                         A    D
Sailing ships on the water very free
Em                            A        D
Easy you know the way it's supposed to be
Em                             A        D
Silver people on the shoreline leave us be 
Cmaj7         Em   Cmaj7 D
Very free and gone


Em                  A     D
No no no no, no no, no no no
Em                  A     D
No no no no, no no, no no no
Em                  A     D
No no no no, no no, no no no


Em D
     Come ride the music 
Em                     D
   Come ride the music

Come ride the music
E             D
  Go ride the music
E             D
  Go ride the music
E             D
  Go ride the music
E             D
  Go ride the music

E D
E D
E D
E D


G5 x-10-12-12-x-x
Cmaj7 x-x-10-12-12-x
Dm x-x-x-10-10-10

Em 0-2-2-x-x-x
A  x-0-2-2-2-x
D  x-x-0-2-3-2
F/C x-3-3-2-1-1

Em 0-2-2-x-x-x
Cmaj7 3-3-2-x-x-x
C x-3-2-0-1-x
D x-x-0-2-3-2
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lynxlynx wrote on December 12 2010, 07:19 am

hello! you said youd have the solo tab for jefferson airplanes wooden ships!?
i NEED it! could you please comment or send it to me? please!
peace

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Swannie wrote on February 21 2011, 06:26 pm

dude i would love to have the solo tab

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icep wrote on June 14 2011, 02:31 pm

Well actually, these chords are inaccurate for the most part. The chords in the JA version is still the same as in the CSN version of the song.

What differs is the progression of them!

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