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Maggie Mae Chords

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As with most traditional songs, there are variations. This is the full version, not the shorter Beatles/Quarrymen/skiffle versions, which leave out the introductory verse. This is based on the Gary Leighton version with a few minor changes to the lyrics and is in the same key as the YouTube video.. Was this info helpful? Yes No
MAGGIE MAE Traditional Liverpool Song


[Intro]

D  G  D  A 

(repeat as many times as you like!)


[Verse 1]

    D                               G
Now gather round me sailor boys and listen to me plea, 
D                                  A
And when you hear me tale you’ll pity me
          D                   G
For I was a goddamned fool in the port of Liverpool 
D                   A                D              
The first time that I came home from sea 
  G                                          D
I was paid off at the Home, from a voyage to Sierra Leone:
                            A
Two pounds ten and sixpence was me pay.
          D                     G 
With a pocket full of tin I was soon taken in
     A                            D
By a girl with the name of Maggie May


[Chorus]

    G                           D 
Oh, Maggie Maggie May they have taken her away
                                           A
And she'll never walk down Lime Street any more.
D                              G
She robbed so many sailors and captains of the whalers
     D             A              D     
That dirty robbing no good Maggie May


[Verse 2]

G                          D
Oh well do I remember when I first met Maggie May,
                                         A                                          
She was cruising up and down Old Canning Place,
        D                        G
She'd a figure so divine, like a frigate of the line,
    A                        D
And me being a sailor I gave chase.
     G                      D
Next morning I awoke, I was flat and stoney broke,
                                       A                                    
No jacket, trousers, waistcoat could I find.
       D                              G
When I asked her where they were, she said "Oh my dear sir,
        A                              D
They're down in Kelly's, locker number nine!"


[Chorus]

    G                           D 
Oh, Maggie Maggie May they have taken her away
                                           A
And she'll never walk down Lime Street any more.
D                              G
She robbed so many sailors and captains of the whalers
     D             A              D     
That dirty robbing no good Maggie May

Optional instrumental chorus


[Verse 3]

G                               D
To the pawnshop I did go but no clothes there did I find,
                                          A                          
And the policeman came and took that girl away,
    D                         G
The judge he guilty found her of robbing a homeward bounder,
    A                               D
And paid her passage back to Botany Bay


[Chorus]

    G                           D 
Oh, Maggie Maggie May they have taken her away
                                           A
And she'll never walk down Lime Street any more.
D                              G
She robbed so many sailors and captains of the whalers
     D             A              D     
That dirty robbing no good Maggie May

(repeat chorus to end)
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