England

Great Big Sea

 CFG5C
 We were far from the shores of England
 CFG5
 Far from our children and wives
 FCG5C
 To play our hand in the Newfoundland
 FCG5
 where the wind cuts like a knife
 CFG5C
 we were far from the shores of England

 CG5C
 We shipped on board the Maryanne
 FG5
 to find a better life
 FCG5C
 and we walked across the water
 FCG5
 when she broke up on the ice
we came ashore in Carbonear
with nothing but our rights
and I wondered if I e'er again
would see my London Lights

we were far from the shores of England
far from our children and wives
to play our hand in the Newfoundland
where the wind cuts like a knife
we were far from the shores of England
far from our native soil
to chase a wish,and to hunt the fish,
and on the rocks to toil
we were far from the shores of England

We spend our days amid the waves
working water, hook and twine
we'd go for weeks with blistered cheeks
waiting for the sun to shine
but as long as the sky hold over us
we will not taste the brine
and we'll curse the cod with the fear of god
as we haul in every line

CHORUS

Break: |C Dm7 G| X2

Should we find fortune's favour,
and be spared from the gale
we will live off honest labour
with our hearts as big as sails
but if I should die don't bury me
or leave me to the sea
just send my bones back to my home
where my spirit can be free

CHORUS, end on C


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