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Mary Ellen Carter chords

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The Mary Ellen Carter     4/4     Stan Rogers

[Intro:]
 Mandolin solo (best o' luck)

[Verse]
    / G                   /
She / went down last Oc - / tober,
     / C   -   D       / G
In a / pouring driving / rain,
    / Am                /
The / skipper he'd been / drinking and
    / C               / D
The / mate he felt no / pain,
    / G                   /
Too / close to Three Mile / Rock and
        / C                / G
She was / dealt her mortal / blow and
    / Am                        / D
The / Mary Ellen Carter settled / low.
          /G                 /
There was / just us five a - / board her,
         /  C              / G
When she / finally was a - / wash,
   / Am                  /
We / worked like hell to / save her,
    / C               / D
All / heedless of the / cost, and
    / G                 /
The / groan she gave as / she went down,
   / C                  / G
It / caused us to pro - / claim,
         / Am         / D                     / G
That the / Mary Ellen / Carter would rise a - / gain.


[Break:]

         / G                /
Well the / owners wrote her / off,
      / C  -   D          / G
Not a / nickel would they / spend,
          / Am              /
"She gave / twenty years of / service, boys,
     / C             / D
Then / met her sorry / end.
         / G                /
But in - / surance paid the / loss to us,
   / C                / G
So / let her rest be- / low.",
          / Am
Then they / laughed at us, and,
               / D
Said we had to / go.


[Verse]
       / G                 /
But we / talked of her all / winter,
     / C               / G
Some / days around the / clock.
      / Am              /
She's / worth a quarter / million,
   / C               / D
A -/ floating at the / dock and
     / G              /
With / every jar that / hit the bar,
   /                     / G
We / swore we would re - / main and
         / Am         / D               / G
Make the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - / gain!

[Chorus:]

         / Am -  D        / G
Rise a - / gain, rise a - / gain,
         / D           / C
That her / name not be / lost,
       / G            / D
To the / knowledge of / men,
    / G                   /
All / those who loved her / best and
     / C                 / G
Were / with her 'til the / end,
              / Am         / D                / G
Will make the / Mary Ellen / Carter, rise a - / gain.


[Break:]

    / G                     /
All / spring now we've been / with her,
     / C    -     D    / G
On a / barge lent by a / friend.
      / Am               /
Three / dives a day in a / hardhat suit, and
C                  / D
Twice I've had the / bends.
      / G             /
Thank / God it's only / sixty feet, and
    / C                 / G
The / currents here are / slow, or
    / Am             /
I'd / never have the / strength,
           / D
To go be - / low.
          / G                  /
But we've / patched her rents, / stopped her vents,
       / C                     / G
Dogged / hatch, and Portholes  / down,
    / Am             /
Put / cables to her, / fore and aft and
C              / D
Girded her a - / round,
     / G               /
To - / morrow noon, we / hit the air and
C                / G
Then take up the / strain, and
         / Am         / D               / G
Make the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - / gain!

[Break: - Chorus:]

       / G                   /
For we / couldn't  leave her / there,
           / C   -   D    / G
You see to / crumble into / scale.
      / Am                  /
She'd / saved our lives, so / many times,
C                  / D
Living through the / gale, and
    / G                 /
The / laughing, drunken / rats,
             / C          / G
Who left her / to a sorry / grave,
     / Am                /            / D
They / won't be laughing / in another / day, and
G                 /              / C               / G
You, to whom ad - / versity, has / dealt the final / blow,
     / Am               /
With / smiling bastards / lying to you,
C              / D
Everywhere you / go,
     / G               /
Turn / to, and put out / all your strength,
   / C                  / G
Of / arm, and heart and / brain, and
         / Am         / D               / G
Like the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - / gain!


[2nd Chorus:]

         / Am    / D        / G
Rise a - / gain, / rise a - / gain,
            / D            / C
Though your / heart, it be / broken, or
G             /  D
Life about to / end,
   / G                  /
No / matter what you've / lost,
        / C               / G
Be it a / home, a love, a / friend,
         / Am         / D               / G
Like the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - / gain!


Repeat 2nd Chorus, with feeling on second "Rise a - gain".
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spinmark 10 Feb 23, 2014 07:44 AM

"We swore" should be Am, not G, but aside from that, it's perfect.

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Belgaer 21 Apr 04, 2014 05:04 PM

The record is in DADGAD, with a capo on the 5th fret. Pretty much perfect besides that.

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