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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
#

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 96 10:45 SAT
From: ubvchile@reuna.cl (Cooperacion Tecnica Sueca)
Subject: Tab: The Boatman by Levellers


The Boatman by The Levellers
>From the album Levelling the Land

intro:
e----------0--0--2--0--|
B----------0--0--0--0--|
G----------1--1--1--1--| x2
D---0-2----2--2--2--2--|
A-2--------------------|
E----------------------|

riff:
e----------------------------------------------------------|
B----------------------------------------------------------|
G-4---4-4-4-4-4-4---1--2--4----4---4-4-4-4-4-4---1---------|
D---------------------------------------------------4--2---|
A----------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------|
(a second guitar plays a E chord under)

Bridge:
  D                 E
e-2-----2--2---x----0--0---|
B-3-----3--3---x----0--0---|
G-2-----2--2---x----1--1---|x2
D-0-----0--0---x----2--2---|
A-------------------2--2---|
E-------------------0--0---|

verses:
  E             D             E
1.If I could chose the life I please then      I would be a boatman
2.If I could chose the life I please then      I would be a rover
3.Well I wish I could chose the life I please, I am not a   free man

RIFF once

  E     D         E
1.On the canals and the rivers free no hasty words are    spoken
2.and if the roads was not for me      then I would chose another
3.Others rule my destiny but        my will is never   broken(to %)

RIFF once

  Bm    A
1.My only law is the river breeze that takes me to the open seas
2.Mountains and the valleys deep where I would take this weary feet

  E        D            E
1.If I could chose the life I please then I would be a boatman
2.If I could chose the life I please then I would be a rover

CODA:
RIFF once

  Bm          A Bm                      A
2.But these things are so hard for me  I cannot chose my own destiny-
  Bm          A        E
    And all things that I want to see are so unclean

%:
RIFF

  Bm          A Bm                      A
3.I know some day I will be        everything that I dreamed I'd be
    E       D           E
And when I've lived the life I please then I will be a free man

Playing order:
Intro
Riff x2
Bridge
Riff x2
Bridge
Riff x2
Verse 1
Riff x2
Verse 2
Riff x2
Bridge
riff x2
Coda
riff x3
verse 3 (incl %)
Then the % part again and repeat the last line after a riff once
riff once

Confusing? Well, I did my best. Comments or corrections to
ubvchile@reuna.cl
Manuel Zanzi
UBV CHILE
ubvchile@reuna.cl

            
            
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zodin 21 Jan 04, 2008 03:10 PM

this tab is correct, however the song on the record and in subsequent live performances is transposed to capo2

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