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The Dutchman chords

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  • This is the version played by Liam Clancy live in Tipperary 1995.
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This is the version played by Liam Clancy live in Tipperary 1995. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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[Verse 1]
G
The Dutchman's not the kind of man, who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam 
     Am
That holds his dreams in
    D                         G
But that's a secret that only Margaret knows
G
When Amsterdam is golden in the morning Margaret brings him breakfast
Am
She believes him 
D                            G
He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow
            Em     Am     D             G
He`s mad as he can be but Margaret only sees that sometimes 
    Em        Am              D               G
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes 

[Chorus]
       Em        Am    D      Em
Let us go to the banks of the ocean 
          Am          D               G
Where the walls rise above the Zuider zee 
       Em    Am      D    G  
Long a go, I used to be a young man 
         Em Am      D                G
And dear Margaret remembers that for me

[Verse 2]
    G
The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes, his cap and coat are patched with the love
     Am
That Margaret sewed there
D                                 G
Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam
G
He watches tug boats down canals, and calls out to them 
                  Am
When he thinks he knows the Captain
D                               G
'Til Margaret comes to take him home again
          Em        Am           D                    G
Through unforgiving streets that trick him though she holds his arm
             Am               D                   G
Sometimes he thinks that he's alone and calls her name

[Chorus]
       Em        Am    D      Em
Let us go to the banks of the ocean 
          Am         D                G
Where the walls rise above the Zuider zee 
     Em     Am      D    G 
Long ago, I used to be a young man 
         Em Am    D                  G
And dear Margaret remembers that for me

[Verse 3]
    G
The windmills whirl the winter in, she winds his muffler tighter,
         Am
They sit in the kitchen
     D                               G
Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew
G
He sees her for a moment, calls her name
                              Am
She makes the bed up humming some old love song
    D                                 G
She learned it when the tune was very new
          Am                D                   G
He hums a line or two, they hum together in the night
             Am               D                  G
The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out.

[Chorus]
       Em        Am    D      Em
Let us go to the banks of the ocean 
          Am         D                G
Where the walls rise above the Zuider zee 
     Em     Am      D    G  
Long ago, I used to be a young man 
         Em Am    D                  G
And dear Margaret remembers that for me

            
            
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