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Down Easter Alexa Billy Joel
Well I'm [G]on the [D]Downeaster [Em]"Alexa"
And I'm [G]cruising through [D]Block Island [Em]Sound
I have [C]charted a [G]course to the [Am]Vineyard
But [G]tonight I am [D]Nantucket [Em]bound
[C]We took on [D]diesel back in [G]Montauk [C]yesterday
[C]And left this [D]morning from the [G]bell in Gardiner's [D]Bay
[C]Like all the [D]locals here I've [G]had to sell my [C]home
[C]Too proud to [D]leave I worked my [G]fingers to the [D]bone
So I could [G]own my [D]Downeaster [Em]"Alexa"
And I [G]go where the [D]ocean is [Em]deep
There are [C]giants out [G]there in the [Am]canyons
And a [G]good captain [D]can't fall [Em]asleep
[C]I've got [D]bills to pay and [G]children who need [C]clothes
[C]I know there's [D]fish out there [G]but where God only [D]knows
[C]They say these [D]waters aren't [G]what they used to [C]be
[C]But I've got [D]people back on [G]land who count on [D]me
So if you [G]see my [D]Downeaster [Em]"Alexa"
And if you [G]work with the [D]rod and the [Em]reel
Tell my [C]wife I am [G]trolling [Am]Atlantis
And I [G]still have my [D]hands on the [Em]wheel
Now I [G]drive my [D]Downeaster [Em]"Alexa"
More and [G]more miles from [D]shore every [Em]year
Since they [C]tell me I [G]can't sell no [Am]stripers
And there's [G]no luck in [D]swordfishing [Em]here.
[C]I was a [D]bayman like my [G]father was [C]before
[C]Can't make a [D]living as a[G] bayman [D]anymore
[C]There ain't much [D]future for a [G]man who works the [C]sea
[C]But there ain't no [D]island left for [G]islanders like [D]me