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Song: Boston and St.John's
Band: Great Big Sea
Album: Turn
Tabbed by: Andre Bruneau: nitotem2@yahoo.com

Before I begin, let me say this.  I'm almost certain that this is not
the right way to play this song.  I saw GBS in concert a couple of months
ago and it wasn't played like this and despite being 3rd row centre on
the frick'n floor, I still couldn't tell how it was played (pathetic -
I know - but oh how we danced!!).  However, the following is my version.
I myself would love to learn how to play it the "right way" so
I'll challenge anyone else to try to tab this song. (you know - for fun!!)

Em - 022000	D* - 20023x
D  - xx032x	A* - x0223x
G  - 320033 	A  - x02220

Intro (Riff 1)

 Em        D*         G              Em       D*          G

        Wha - ooo     Wha - ooooo   nah .....
 Em        D*         G              Em       D*          G

Verse 1:
D           A*               G
Girl don't tell me that it's morning
D       A*       G
Can we keep the curtains drawn?
D           A*            G
I haven't given you fair warning
D         A*      G
But our ship, she sails at dawn

        Em              D*           G                 A*
And it's true I must be going, but I swear it won't be long
      D               A*             G             A
There isn't that much ocean between Boston and St.John's
D      A*             D       A     G
I'm a rover, and I'm bound to sail away
A       G              A
I'm a rover, can you love me anyway?

	[Repeat first two measures of Riff 1]

Verse 2:
And if some suitor comes approaching
Will you let him through your door
What if I return half-broken
Will you still want me anymore?

	[Repeat Chorus]

	[Repeat first two measures of Riff 1]
	continue to play Riff 1 throughout the Bridge

Close your eyes and dream
and tell me what you see
Tell me what you want
Just tell me that you'll wait for me

	[Repeat Verse 1]

	[Repeat Chorus]

	[End by playing opening Riff until fade]

There she is.  Like I said - not the real deal but it sounds decent enough.

Big thanks to Sandy and her Great Big Sea web site at:
for the lyrics and Jane Wallace in particular
for her own version of Boston and St.John.  It was a great help.

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potatoes123 32 Feb 09, 2007 12:32 PM

This is an awesome song! And the chords are awesome, even if thats not how it should be played, it sounds perfect!

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Eric Foust 10 May 22, 2007 07:03 PM

O.K. guys. Let me help you out a little. The tuning for this song is DADGAD. At the start, you are just up and down on the top string starting on the second fret. Chord one is (top to bottom) 220000, the second is 400000, and the third is both 500000 and 504000. Use a pick and alternate from low to high strings. A great recording of this is their live dvd from '03. Now next week you had better show up to your lesson with Guinness! Cheers! E

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nmc1234 794 Dec 12, 2010 02:07 PM

Awesome tab!

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