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The Ocean

Dar Williams

 G-Em---
When I went to your town on the wide open shore  
 A-DDG
Oh I must confess, I was drawn, I was drawn to the ocean,
 GEm---
I thought it spoke to me   
 AABmG
It said, "Look at us, we're not churches, not schools
 ABm
Not skating ponds, swimming pools.
 G-Em---
   And we have lost people, haven't we though?"  
 A-D-
Oh, that's what the ocean can know of a body
 GGA-
And that's when I came back to town 
 --F#m
This town is a song about you
 GABmG
You don't know how lucky you are
 ABmGA
You don't know how much I adore you
 BmGAEm-A-D---
You are the welcoming back from the ocean       
 G-Em---
   I went back to the ocean today  
 A-D-G
With my books and my papers I went to the rocks by the ocean
 -Em-
But the weather changed quickly 
 A-BmG
Oh the ocean said, "What are you trying to find,
 ABm
I don't care, I'm not kind
 G-Em---
I've bludgeoned your sailors, I've spat out their keepsakes,  
 A-D-
Oh it's ashes to ashes but always the ocean,"
 G-A-
But the ocean can't come to this town 
 --F#m
This town is a song about you
 GABmG
You don't know how lucky you are
 ABmGA
You don't know how much I adore you
 BmGAEm-A-D---
You are the welcoming back from the ocean       
Interlude: G - A Bm (4x) G - Em - A - D -
(same chords as last five lines of previous verse)
And the ones that can know you so well
Are the ones that can swallow you whole
I have a good and I have an evil
I thought the ocean, the ocean thought nothing
You are a welcoming back from the ocean.
(same as previous full verse, up to the last line)
I didn't go back today,
I wanted to show you that I was more land than water
I went to pick flowers.
I brought them to you, look at me, look at them
With their salt up the stem
But you frowned when I smiled and I tried to arrange them
You said, "Let me tell you the song of this town,"
You said, "Everything closes at five.
After that, well you just got the bars
You don't know how precious you are
Walking around with your little shoes dangling
 BmGAEm-
 I  am the one who lives with the ocean, 
 A-
It's where we came from, you know,
 --F#m
And sometimes I just want to go back.
 GABmG
 After a day, we drink till we're drowning
 ABmGA
Walk to the ocean, wade in with our workboots,
 BmG-D
Wade in our workboots, try to finish the job.
 GABmG
 You don't know how precious you are
 ABmGA
 I am the one who lives with the ocean
 BmGABm
 You don't know how I am the one.
 GABmEm-A-D---
 You don't know how I  am the one"       
Ending: repeat G - A Bm to fade
Enjoy,
Steve
 --
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From davel@earlham.edu Fri Apr 18 10:40:25 1997
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 1997 13:48:46 -0500
From: Dave Lorand
To: guitar@olga.net, acoustic@olga.net
Subject: CRD: The Ocean by Dar Williams
Newsgroups: rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature
(A copy of this message has also been posted to the following newsgroups:
rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature)
The Ocean
by Dar Williams
from her album _Mortal City_, published by Razor & Tie Entertainment, LLC.
All of the chords here are pretty straightforward. G/F# is just your
usual G major with an F# in the bass (that's 2nd fret on the low E
string). Instead of specifying major and minor, I've used capital letters
for major and lower-case for minor.
On the album there's a lot of extra stuff - electic guitar, violin, bass,
drums. It does OK with just voice and acoustic guitar, though.
I wrote out the rhythm for the intro; for the rest you're on your own.
Intro:
G / G/F# / e / e / A / A / D / A / D / A /
G G/F# e
When I went to your town on the wide open shore,
 ADG
Oh I must confess I was drawn, I was drawn to the ocean,
G/F# e A
I thought it spoke to me, it said, ?Look at us,
 bGAbG
We're not churches, not schools, not skating ponds, swimming pools, 
e
And we have lost people, haven?t we though??
 AD
Oh, that's what the ocean can know of a body,
G A f#
And that's when I came back to town, this town is a song about you.
 GAbGAbGA
 You don't know how lucky you are, you don't know how much I adore you,
b G A e A D
You are the welcoming back from the ocean.
G G/F# e
I went back to the ocean today,
 ADG
With my books and my papers I went to the rocks by the ocean,
G/F# e A
But the weather changed quickly, oh the ocean said,
 bGAb
?What are you trying to find, I don?t care, I?m not kind,
G e
I?ve bludgeouned your sailors, I?ve spat out their keepsakes,
 AD
Oh it?s ashes to ashes, but always the ocean,?
G A f#
But the ocean can't come to this town, this town is a song about you.
 GAbGAbGA
 You don't know how lucky you are, you don't know how much I adore you,
b G A e A D
You are the welcoming back from the ocean.
Interlude: (La la)
G G/F# A b (4 times)
G e A D
G A f#
And the ones that can know you so well are the ones that can swallow you whole.
 GAbGAbGA
 I have a good and I have an evil, I thought the ocean, the ocean thought 
nothing,
b G e A D
You are the welcoming back from the ocean.
G G/F# e
I didn't go back today,
 ADG
wanted to show you that I was more land than water,
G/F# e A
I went to pick flowers. I brought them to you,
 bGAb
Look at me, look at them, with their salt up the stem,
G e
But you frowned when I smiled and I tried to arrange them,
 AD
You said, ?Let me tell you the song of this town,?
G A f#
You said, ?Everything closes at five. After that, well, you just got the bars,
 GAbG
 You don?t know how precious you are,
 AbGA
 walking around with your little shoes dangling,
b G A e
I am the one who lives with the ocean,
A f#
It's where we came from, you know, and sometimes I just want to go back.
 GAbG
 After a day, we drink ?til we?re drowning,
 AbGA
 walk to the ocean, wade in with our workboots,
 bGD
 Wade in our workboots, try to finish the job.
 GAbGAbGA
 You don't know how precious you are, I am the one who lives with the ocean.
b G A b G A b e A D
You don't know how I am the one. You don't know how I am the one.?
Interlude: (La la)
G G/F# A b (22 times, fading out)
Enjoy,
Dave
 --
 Dave Lorand
davel@earlham.edu
http://www.cs.earlham.edu/~davel/


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