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Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Gordon Lightfoot

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Use a capo on the second fret to play in tune with the record.

Intro: Asus2, A11, Dsus4, D, Asus2, A11, D, Asus2

Verses:
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 Asus2EmGDAsus2
The legend lives on from the chippewa on down of the Big lake they called "Gitche Gumee"
 Em
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
 GDAsus2
When the skies of November turn gloomy.
 Em 
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
 GDAsus2
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
 Em
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
 GDAsus2
When the "Gales of November" came early.

 Asus2Em
The ship was the pride of the American side
 GDAsus2
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
 Em
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
 GDAsus2
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
 Em
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
 GDAsus2
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
 Em
And later that night when the ship's bell rang
 GDAsus2
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

 Asus2Em
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
 GDAsus2
And a wave broke over the railing
 Em
And every man knew, as the captain did too,
 GDAsus2
T'was the witch of November come stealin'.
 Em
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
 GDAsus2
When the Gales of November came slashin'.
 Em
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
 GDAsus2
In the face of a hurricane west wind.

 Asus2Em
When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'.
 GDAsus2
 "Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya."
 Em
At Seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in', he said
 GDAsus2
 "Fellas, it's been good t'know ya"
 Em
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
 GDAsus2
And the good ship and crew was in peril.
 Em
And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight
 GDAsus2
 Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

 Asus2Em
Does any one know where the love of God goes
 GDAsus2
 When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
 Em
The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
 GDAsus2
 If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
 Em
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
 GDAsus2
 May have broke deep and took water.
 Em
And all that remains is the faces and the names
 GDAsus2
 Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

 Asus2Em
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
 GDAsus2
 In the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
 Em
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
 GDAsus2
 The islands and bays are for sportsmen.
 Em
And farther below Lake Ontario
 GDAsus2
 Takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
 Em
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
 GDAsus2
 With the Gales of November remembered.

 Asus2Em
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
 GDAsus2
 In the "Maritime Sailors' Cathedral."
 Em
The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times
 GDAsus2
 For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
 Em
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
 GDAsus2
 Of the big lake they call "Gitche Gumee".
 Em
"Superior", they said, "never gives up her dead
 GDAsus2
 When the 'Gales of November' come early!"


Bridge:
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Play the intro between verse sections.
That is, after:
"...could it be the north wind they'd bin feelin'?",
"...came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (twice here),
"...with the gales of November remembered", and
"...when the gales of November come early"
The Chords: (relative to the capo, which is the zero fret, or nut)
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 Asus2A11Dsus4D
              (nut is 3rd fret) 
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| | | | | | | | | | O | | | | | | | | | | | | |
|-|-|-|-|-|     4|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|      

| | O O | | | | | O | | | | | O | | | | | O | O
|-|-|-|-|-|     5|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|          

| | | | | | | | O | | | | | | | O O | | | | O |
|-|-|-|-|-|     6|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|          

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
|-|-|-|-|-|     7|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|     

 GEm
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| | | | | | | | | | | |
|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|          

| O | | | | | O O | | |
|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|             

O | | | | O | | | | | |
|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|                 

| | | | | | | | | | | |
|-|-|-|-|-|      |-|-|-|-|-|           

The Full Lyrics (thanks to Brian Ross)
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Once again, a hundred thousand *MORE* apologies to Brian Ross who obviously spent a long time on this -- heck, it's still worth getting just for the great lyric chart alone!!! Also, apologies to those who were confused by my post. I'll be more careful! It's just that, played "correctly" :^), this song sounds so eerie, that you can give yourself goose bumps. It's even worth buying a 12-string JUST TO PLAY THIS SONG!
P.S. Any big GL fans? I'd still love to hear from you!
Matthew Fifer
mfifer@merle.acns.nwu.edu


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JMZD58 (report comment to admin):
SPOOKIEST SONG EVER...WHAT A TRIBUTE TO LOVE TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY GUITAR WITH THIS SONG...  X-NAVY MYSELF.  SORRY, MY 2 CENTS ABOUT IT. PEACE.