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Ship Of Fools Chords


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[Transcribed from a book of the Dead]
[Guitar is tuned whole step lower]
[4/4 time, moderate blues]
|----| = 4 beat bar 






[Chorus and Fade:]


[Verse 1:]

C                 G  F      F#o7                 C
Went to see the cap__tain___ Strangest__ I could find

       E         F           Em
Laid my__ prop_o_sition down__ 

Dm               G                         F             C
Laid it on the line___ I won't slave for beg-gar's pay__

Em                   Dm
Like-wise__ gold and jew-els____

F                    C                   G           F       C
but I would slave to learn the way___ to sink your__ ship of fools


C       G                    F    C
Ship of fools_______ on a cru__el sea

C       G                   F           Am
Ship of fools_______ sail a-way___ from me

Am                              F#o7
It was lat-er___ that I thought when I first believed you

F#o7  Dm                 G         F         C
Now I can-not share your laugh-ter__ ship of fools

[Verse 2 lyrics, same chords as Verse 1:]

Saw your first ship sink and drown from rocking of the boat;
and all that could not sink or swim was just left there to float.

I won't leave you driftin' down but whoa it makes me wild,
with thirty years upon my head, to have you call me child.

[:Chorus same chords and lyrics:]

Verse 3 lyrics, same chords as Verse 1:

The bottles stand as empty as they were filled before;
time there was and plenty but from that cup no more.

Though I could not caution all I still might warn a few;
don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.

[:Chorus to jam or fade:]

Thanks to the Dead, in and out of garden Jerry goes...
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ViaNavitas wrote on March 22 2010, 12:36 am

[Let me clarify the chords above, from book:]
C : X32010

G : 3X0003

F : 132111 or in chorus : XX3211

F#o7 : XX1212

E : 022100

Em : 022000

Dm : XX0231

Am : X02210
[The roll-over charts are variations, or perhaps transposed chords, but these are the chords from the sheet.]

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JunkBondTrader wrote on February 5 2013, 08:05 pm

Great job! whoever rated it three stars has no ear. Perfect!

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MikePiercey wrote on August 13 2015, 03:09 pm

good tab I didn't know about the tuning till now, its easier to just transpose the tab a whole step

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