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Mary Ellen Carter  Stan Rogers

She / wen[G]t down last Oc - / tober,        
In a / po[C]uring [-]drivin[D]g / rain,   [G]
The / ski[Am]pper he'd been / drinking and
The / mat[C]e he felt no / pain,       [D]
Too / clos[G]e to Three Mile / Rock and      
She was / dealt he[C]r mortal / blow and         [G]
The / Mar[Am]y Ellen Carter settled / low.             [D]
There was / just us[/G] five a - / board her,  
When she / finally wa[C]s a - / wash,          [G]
We / work[Am]ed like hell to / save her,
All / he[C]edless of the / cost, and [D]
The / gr[/G]oan she gave as / she went down,
It / [C]caused us to pro - / claim,     [G]
That the / Mary E[Am]llen / Carter wou[D]ld rise a - /                    
[G]gain!.

Break:
Well the / own[/G]ers wrote her / off,          
Not a / nick[C]el wo[-]uld [D]they / spend,      [G]
"She gave / twenty ye[Am]ars of / service, boys,
Then / met [C]her sorry / end.        [D]
But in - / sura[G]nce paid the / loss to us,  
So / let[C] her rest be- / low.",    [G]
Then they / laughed [Am]at us, and,
Said we had to / go.         [D]

But we / talked[G] of her all / winter,    
Some / days a[C]round the / clock.           [G]
She's / worth[Am] a quarter / million,  
A -/ fl[C]oating at the / dock and[D]
With / eve[G]ry jar that / hit the bar,
We / swore we would re - / main and           [G]
Make the / Mary Ell[Am]en / Carter rise [D]a - /gain!               [G]

Chorus:
Rise a - / gain, [Am]ris[-]e [D]a - / gain,  [G]
That her / name n[D]ot be / lost,         [C]
To the / knowl[G]edge of / men,          [D]
All / th[G]ose who loved her / best and    
Were / with [C]her / 'til the / end,       [G]
Will make the / Mary Ellen[Am] / Carter, rise a[D] - /                    
[G]gain!

Break:
All / s[G]pring now we've been / with her,      
On a / barg[C]e lent [-]by a / fr[D]iend.   [G]
Three / dives[Am] a day in a / hardhat suit, and
[C]Twice I've had the / bends.     [D]
Thank / God i[G]t's only / sixty feet, and
The / cur[C]rents here are / slow, or      [G]
I'd / n[Am]ever have the / strength,
To go be - / low.    [D]
But we've / patched[G] her rents, / stopped her vents,
Dogged / hatch, a[C]nd Portholes  / down,                [G]
Put / cab[Am]les to her, / fore and aft and
[C]Girded her a - / round,  [D]
To - / mor[G]row noon, we / hit the air and
[C]Then take up the / strain, an[G]d
Make the / Mary Ell[Am]en / Carter rise [D]a - / gain!              [G]

Break: - Chorus:
For we / couldn[G]'t  leave her / there,        
You see to / crumble [C]into [-]/ scale[D].       [G]
She'd  / saved[Am] our lives, so / many times,
[C]Living through the / gale, and [D]
The / lau[G]ghing, drunken / rats,        
Who left her / to a sor[C]ry / grave,      [G]
They / won'[Am]t be laughing / in another / day, and            [D]
[G]You, to whom ad - / versity, has / dealt the final /  [C]                      
[G]blow,
With / smil[Am]ing bastards / lying to you,
[C]Everywhere you / go,        [D]
Turn / to, [G]and put out / all your strength,
Of / ar[C]m, and heart and / brain, and     [G]
Like the / Mary E[Am]llen / Carter ri[D]se a - / gain!            [G]

2nd Chorus:
Rise a - / gain, [Am]/ rise [D]a - / gain,  [G]
Though your / heart, it [D]be / broken, or    [C]

[G]Life about to / end,   [D]
No / mat[G]ter what you've / lost,        
Be it a / home[C], a love, a / friend,      [G]
Like the / Mary E[Am]llen / Carter ris[D]e a - / gain!            [G]

Repeat 2nd Chorus, with feeling on second "Rise a - gain".
Outro:

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