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Amsterdam Chords

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Here's the English version of Jacques Brel's Amsterdam
as sung by David Bowie on 'Bowie at the Beeb - the best
of the BBc sessions 68-72'

David plays each chord once for the first verse and then
starts strumming with a driving rhythm enhanced by various
hammer-ons etc. and then he gradually gets louder and pained.

Never heard the original but DB's version is great as is the 
whole Bowie at the Beeb album if you like early Bowie.

AMSTERDAM
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[Verse 1]
        Am       
In the port of Amsterdam
        Em
There's a sailor who sings
        F
Of the dreams that he brings
        E
From a wide open sea
        Am
And in the port of Amsterdam
        Em
There's a sailor who sleeps
        F       E7
While the river bank weeps
        Am
To the old willow tree
        C
And in the port of Amsterdam
        G7      E7
There's a sailor who dies
        Am
Full of beers full of cries
        E7
In a drunken down fight
        F
And in the port of Amsterdam
        Em
There's a sailor who is born
        Dm7     E7
On the hot muggy morn
        Am
By the dawns early light

[Verse 2]
        Am
In the port of Amsterdam
        Em
Where the sailors all meet
        F
There's a sailor who eats
        E
Only fish heads and tails
        Am
He'll show you his teeth
        Em
That have rotted too soon
        F       E7
That can haul up the sails
        Am
That can swallow the moon
        C
And he'll yell to the cook
        G7      E7
With his arms open wide
        Am
Oh bring me more fish
        E7
Though it's down by my side
        F
And he wants so to belch
        Em
But he's too full to try
        Dm7     E7
So he stands up and laughs
        Am
And he zips up his flies

[Verse 3]
        Am
In the port of Amsterdam
        Em
You can see sailors dance
        F
Paunches bursting their pants
        E
Grinding women's with paunch     (not sure about this line)
        Am
They've forgotten the tune
        Em
That their whiskey voice croaks
        F       E7
Splitting the night
        Am
With the roar of their jokes
        C
And they turn and they dance
        G7      E7
And they laugh and they lust
        Am
Till the rancid sound
        E7
Of the accordion bursts
        F
And then out of the night
        Em
With their pride in their pants
        Dm7     E7
And the slut that they tow
        Am
Underneath the street lamps

[Verse 4]
        Am
In the port of Amsterdam
        Em
There's a sailor who drinks
        F
And he drinks and he drinks
        E
And he drinks once again
        Am
Oh he drinks to the health
        Em
Of the whores of Amsterdam
        F       E7
Who have given their bodies
        Am
To a thousand other men
        C
It's their worth and their goodness
        G7      E7
Their virtues all gone
        Am
For the few dirty coins
        E7
When he just can't go on
        F
Throws his nose to the sky
        Em
And he aims it up above
        Dm7     E7
And he pisses like I cry
        Am
For an unfaithful love

[Outro]
        Am
In the port of Amsterdam
        Em              Dm E7 Am
In the port of Amsterdam 
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Sephie 10 wrote on June 19 2009, 04:08 am

Best version of the tab in my opinion, though I like Scott Walker's version better :)

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gnutsiel 10 wrote on June 4 2015, 02:29 pm

> Grinding women's with paunch (not sure about this line)

In my opionion it's
"Grinding women to porch"

Anyways, great work, play this a lot! Thanks!

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Cowboydream 110 wrote on August 31 2016, 06:23 am

"Though it's down by my side" ==> "throw it down by my side"
"And he zips up his flies" ==> "And he zips up his fly"

And he drinks once again:

| Em E7 |
And he drinks once again

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