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Boots Of Spanish Leather ukulele

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  • Fully chorded song with proper timing. Original recording key.
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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
From: schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu (Adam Schneider)

[This is Nanci Griffith's version.]
[Actually in A; capo 2.  Each chord is one measure, except two chords
 joined by hyphens (e.g., "G - G/F#") are one measure _total_.]
[See bottom of file for chord fingerings and picking pattern.]

D11  D11  D11  D11    G    C    D/F#    G - C/G    G - G/F#

       Em(9)     Em(9)  C - C(9)  G     C   G    G - G/F#
Oh I'm sailing away, my own true love
    Em      D/F#        G       C    G    G - G/F#
I'm sailing away in the morning
         Em(9)           Em(9)          C - C(9)   G   C   G   G - G/F#
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
         Em          D/F#    G       C    D/F#    G - C/G   G - G/F#
>From the place where I'll be landing

There's nothing you can send me, my own true love
There's nothing I'm wishing to be owning
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
>From across that lonesome ocean

Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine
Maybe silver or of golden
Either from the mountains of Madrid
Or from the coast of Barcelona

If I had the stars of the darkest night
And the diamonds from the deepest ocean
I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss
That's all I wish to be owning

Oh, I might be gone a long ol' time
And it's only that I'm asking
Is there something I can send you to remember me by
To make your time more easy passing

How can, how can you ask me again
Well it only brings me sorrow
Oh, the same thing I would want today
I would want again tomorrow

[instrumental, same chords as intro]

Oh, I got a letter on a lonesome day
It was from his ship a-sailing
Saying, I don't know when I'll be coming back again
It depends on how I'm feeling

If you, my love, must think thataway
I'm sure your mind is a-roaming
I'm sure your thoughts are not with me
But with the country where you're going

So take heed, take heed of the western wind
Take heed of stormy weather
And yes, there is something you can send back to me
Spanish boots of Spanish leather [end on last G.]


G: 3x000x      D/F#: 2x023x   Em: 0x200x      C: x3201x      C/G: 3x201x
G/F#: 2x000x   D11: x54030    Em(9): 0x400x   C(9): x3001x

The picking pattern is a basic alternating-bass thing:

E |----------------|      E |----------------|
B |--*-------*-----|      B |--*-------*-----|
G |------*-------*-|  or  G |------*-------*-|
D |----*-------*---|      D |----*-------*---|
A |----------------|      A |*-------*-------|
E |*-------*-------|      E |----------------|

[The bass notes (D and E strings, always played by the thumb) in the pattern
 are the most important; the other notes get left out from time to time.]

- Adam Schneider, schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu

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