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BIG RIVER
words and music by Jimmy Nail

[Intro]
A, Am, E  (repeat)

E          Esus4       E                A
walking on cobble stone, little bits of skin and bone
C#m             G#m             F#m        B, Bsus4
jumping on the tram car for a ride
E       Esus4       E             A
I can remember then, I was just a boy of ten
C#m           G#m               F#m        B, Bsus4
hanging out along the old quayside
A             E             C#m
now all the capstans and the cargo boats
     A
and stevadores are gone
                 E
to where all the old ships go
       F#sus4, F#            Bsus4 B    E
but memories just like the seas live on

              Esus4
that was when coal was king,
E            A
the river a living thing
C#m             G#m                F#m
and I was just a boy, but it was mine, 
Bsus4 B     E    A   B
the  coaly tyne

           E   A
this was a big river,
    C#m            G#m               F#m     B, Bsus4
I want you all to know that I was proud
           E    A        C#m            G#m
this was a big river, but that was long ago,
           F#m     Bsus4 B                   E        
that's not now,                 that's not now
  

E                Esus4
my father was a working man,
E                     A
he earned our living with his hands
C#m                  G#m           F#m     B, Bsus4
he had to cross the river every day
E               Esus4    E           A
he picked up a union card out of the Neptune yard
C#m        G#m                F#m      B, Bsus4
mouths to feed and bills to pay
A           E               C#m                          A
then came a time for him to sail across the sea   and far away
A        E               
finally when the war was won

F#sus4 F#           Bsus4    B             E
you   brought him home and home he stayed


E            Esus4           E       A
and when his days were done, under a golden sun
C#m                  G#m                F#m
you carried him to where he longed to be,
Bsus4       B       E         A, B
Back       to the sea

           E    A
this was a big river,
  C#m              G#m               F#m     B, Bsus4
I want you all to know that I was proud
           E    A        C#m            G#m
this was a big river, but that was long ago,
            F#m     Bsus4  B                 E        
that's not now,                 that's not now


Repeat Intro
  

E                   Esus4
the Neptune was the last to go,
E                 A
I heard it on my radio
C#m                       G#m            F#m   Bsus4, B
and then they played the latest number one
E        Esus4
but what do they do all day?
E                  A
and what are they supposed to say?
C#m          G#m                F#m     Bsus4, B
what does a father tell his son?
A            E                     C#m                              A
if you you believed that there's a bond between our future and our past
            E         
try to hold on to what we had,
F#sus4  F#          Bsus4       B         E    
we     build them strong, we build to last



E                Esus4       E                A
'cause this is a mighty town, it's built upon solid ground
C#m                  G#m               F#m   
and everything they tried so hard to kill,
Bsus4   B         E            A   B
we      will rebuild



           E   A
this was a big river
  C#m              G#m               F#m      Bsus4    B
I want you all to know that I was proud
           E    A        C#m            G#m
this was a big river, but that was long ago,
           F#m     Bsus4   B
that's not now
          E    A
this is a big river,
    C#m             G#m                 A
and in my heart I know it will rise again
       B             E     Esus4    E
the river will rise again


Dedicated to Jimmy Bradford (1914 - 1990)

            
            
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Skr1m3 11 Mar 28, 2016 01:30 PM

It is clearly wrong. The Tab doesnt sound like the recording at all. Try figuring out the Key of the song first.

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schoben 3,352 Jun 25, 2016 02:28 AM

Transpose the chords one step down then it sounds close to the recording

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eno891miller 10 6 days ago

Right...on capo2 chord progression is :- D,G,D,G,Bm,F#m, Em,Asus2,A
This is for the verse...slightly changes in chorus but it's fairly easy to work out.. I'll not slag the tab off as I've never done one... it's not quite right but close enough for me to work it out and I'm a novice 👍🏻

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