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The Riverboat chords

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The actual song is fingerpicked in the given order on the given strings: [D e B G e]. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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Whole Song 120 bpm
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[Intro]
C G C G C Am G

[Verse 1]
G                 C         G
She was pretty as ever he'd seen
                          C         G
Born into the line of the Riverboat Queens
                      C        G
An ivory ghost with a heart of steam
      Am                      D
and a whistle like a southern song

[Verse 2]
G                    C         G
He would wait around noon everyday
                        C          G
Perched on a log in the Misissippi clay
                               C           G
His old eyes a watching as she paddled her way
       Am            D
Such a sight to look upon

[Chorus 1]
C
How he longed to walk her decks
         G        D             Em
With the southern bells and the country jets
C
Lean against the smooth brass rail
         G                   D      G
And then lose himself in the banjos playing
C
Have a place where he belonged instead of
G       D           Em        C
Sittin' lonely on a dead, old log

[Verse 3]
G                         C              G
Once he heard a sound, he figured on the wind
                         C            G
Turned around to see the freckles and grin
                         C                G     Am               D
of a boy who said "She's right around the bend, bound to be here soon!

[Verse 4]
G                   C           G
Today's the day I'm catching my ride
                           C         G
And I'm gonna stand at the captain's side!"
                      C   G
Playin' along the old man replied,
           Am             D
"Would you mind if I came too?"

[Chorus 2]
C
'Cause son I'd like to walk to walk her decks
         G        D                     Em
With the southern bells and the country jets
C
Lean against the smooth brass rail
         G                  D      G
And then lose myself in the banjos playing
C
Have a place where I belong instead of
G       D           Em         C
Sittin' lonely on a dead, old, log

[Bridge 1]
Em                       G        C
Then she appeared like a graceful swan
C                       D
Her vision filled their eyes
        Em                         G          C
And the boy started yellin' at the top of his lungs
C                           D
"Won't you please give us a ride?"
C                                Em              Am                  A
He waved his arms, jumped up and down, while the old man just looked on
         C                          D             Em          C         G
He said, "Shout 'till you drop, but they'll never stop, for a boy and a vagabond."

[Verse 5]
G                C   G
But then much to his surprise
                          C          G
She started turnin' right before his eyes and she
                    C     G
Set a course as the arrow flies
Am                   D
Straight towards the shore

[Verse 6]
G                         C          G
His knees trembled as The Queen came closer
                          C         G
larger than life with the gangplank lowered
                      C       G
And, "All aboard" the captain ordered
       Am              D
"we've always room for more!"

[Chorus 3]
C
"Wouldn't you like to walk my decks
         G        D             Em
With the southern bells and the country jets
C
Lean against the smooth brass rail
         G                    D      G
And then lose yourself in the banjos playing
C
Have a place where you belong instead of
G       D           Em        C
Sittin' lonely on a dead, old log?"

[Bridge 2]
    Em               G    C
The old man cried in disbelief
C                      D
"There must be some mistake!
Em                         G        C
Why would you stop for the likes of me
C                      D
And a lad who's all of eight?
C                       Em                  Am                   A
And I've no money for a fare." To which the boy said, "Don't you bother.
          C                      D        Em               C             G
Mister if you're with me you can ride for free, 'cause the captain is my father."

[Chorus 4]
C
Now he walks along her decks
         G        D             Em
With the southern bells and the country jets
C
Leans against the smooth brass rail
         G                    D      G
And then loses himself in the banjos playing
C
Found a place where he belongs
G              D         Em        C
And he sits no more on a dead, old log

[Outro]
G C Am G

            
            
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