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Free In The Harbour Chords

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  • Overall improvement in chord type and placement.
  • Much more accurate chords and lyrics. Includes tab of intro, break and outro.
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Much more accurate chords and lyrics. Includes tab of intro, break and outro. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Artist: Stan Rogers
Title: Free in the Harbour

Note: The guitar in the original recording is played in DADGAD tuning capoed on the 5th fret. 
The chords below match the original key when played open (i.e. capo 0) in standard tuning. 

I tabbed out the introduction and break to give some sense of the chord fingering and melody during these
portions of the song.  Listen to the recording to get a sense of the rhythm (3/4 (waltz) time signature:  
1-2-3, 1-2-3).  The melody is meant to be played while strumming, not picked out note for note.


[Chords] 

G/F#: 220033
Em/D: xx0000
C/B:  x22010
G7:   320001

[Intro]  

   G          C       D       C D 
e|-3---3-3-3--0—--0-0--2-2p0--0-2-|
B|-3---3-3-3--1---1-1--3-3----1-3-|
G|-0---0-0-0--0---0-2--2-2----0-2-|
D|-0---0-2-0--0h2-0-0--0-0----2-0-|
A|-0h2--------3---------------3---|
E|-3------------------------------|


[Verse 1]

            G           G/F#    C
Well it's blackfish at play in Hermitage Bay
      D                     G      C D
From Pushthrough across to Bois Island
       G              G/F#           C             
They broach and they spout and they lift their flukes out
          Am                     D
And they wave to a town that is dying
         Em          Em/D            C     
Now it's many's the boats that have plied on the foam
 Am     C/B    C        D
Hauling away, hauling away!
             G         G7           C             Am
But there's many more fellows been leaving their homes
            D                      G       C G
Where the whales make free in the harbour


[Verse 2]

         G           G/F#        C     
It's at Portage and Main, you'll see them again
          D                     G     C D
On their way to the hills of Alberta
      G          G/F#       C
With lop-sided grins, they waggle their chins
          Am                         D
And they brag of the wage they'll be earning
            Em                Em/D             C
Then it’s, “Quick, pull the strings boys, and get the tool out! 
 Am      C/B   C        D
Haul it away, haul it away!" 
          G         G7             C              Am
But just two years ago, you could hear the same shout
            D                      G
Where the whales make free in the harbour


[Chorus]

 Am          D
Free in the harbour
      C            C/B       G
The blackfish are sporting again
  Em Em/D          C
Free       in the harbour
   Am          C/B         C         D
Untroubled by comings and goings of men
    G                       G7    
Who once did pursue them as oil from the sea
 C             A7
Hauling away, hauling away!
             G                       Am
Now they're Calgary roughnecks from Hermitage Bay
            D                      G
Where the whales make free in the harbour


[Break]

   G          C         D                        C
e|-3---3-3-3--0—--0-0---2----2--2--0---------------|
B|-3---3-3-3--1---1-1---3----3--3--3-------------3-|
G|-0---0-0-0--0---0-2–0h2--2p0--2--0-------------0-|
D|-0---0-2-0--0h2-0-0---0----0--4--2-------------2-|
A|-0h2--------3----------------------------------3-|
E|-3-----------------------------------------------|


[Verse 3]

              G             G/F#    C
Well, it's a living they've found, deep in the ground
                D                     G            C D
And if there's doubts, it's best they ignore them
      G           G/F#        C
Nor think on the bones, the crosses and stones
          Am                      D
Of their fathers that came there before them
        Em       Em/D        C
In the taverns of Edmonton, fishermen shout
  Am       C/B  C         D
"Haul it away! Haul it away!"
             G           G7          C         Am
They left three hundred years buried up by the Bay
            D                      G
Where the whales make free in the harbour


[Chorus]

 Am          D
Free in the harbour
      C            C/B       G
The blackfish are sporting again
  Em Em/D          C
Free       in the harbour
   Am          C/B         C         D
Untroubled by comings and goings of men
    G                       G7    
Who once did pursue them as oil from the sea
 C             A7
Hauling away, hauling away!
             G                       Am
Now they're Calgary roughnecks from Hermitage Bay
            D                      G
Where the whales make free in the harbour


[Outro]

Am           D      C   C/B    Am7     G
Free in the harbour...               again


   G          C         D           C        G  
e|-3---3-3-3--0—--0-0---2----2--2-------0----3-|
B|-3---3-3-3--1---1-1---3----3--3---3---3----3-|
G|-0---0-0-0--0---0-2–0h2--2p0--2---0---0----0-|
D|-0---0-2-0--0h2-0-0---0----0--4---2---0----0-|
A|-0h2--------3---------------------3------0-2-|
E|-3-----------------------------------------3-|

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