Mary Ellen Carter

Stan Rogers

 G
She / went down last Oc - / tober,         
 C-DG
In a / pouring driving / rain,    
 Am
The / skipper he'd been / drinking and
 CD
The / mate he felt no / pain,        
 G
Too / close to Three Mile / Rock and      
 CG
She was / dealt her mortal / blow and          
 AmD
The / Mary Ellen Carter settled / low.              
 /G
There was / just us five a - / board her,  
 CG
When she / finally was a - / wash,           
 Am
We / worked like hell to / save her, 
 CD
All / heedless of the / cost, and  
 /G
The / groan she gave as / she went down,
 CG
It / caused us to pro - / claim,      
 AmD
That the / Mary Ellen / Carter would rise a - /                     
 G
 gain!.

Break:
 /G
Well the / owners wrote her / off,           
 C-DG
Not a / nickel would they / spend,       
 Am
"She gave / twenty years of / service, boys,
 CD
Then / met her sorry / end.         
 G
But in - / surance paid the / loss to us,  
 CG
So / let her rest be- / low.",     
 Am
Then they / laughed at us, and,
 D
Said we had to / go.          

 G
But we / talked of her all / winter,    
 CG
Some / days around the / clock.            
 Am
She's / worth a quarter / million,  
 CD
A -/ floating at the / dock and 
 G
With / every jar that / hit the bar,
 G
We / swore we would re - / main and
 AmDG
Make the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - /gain!                

Chorus:
 Am-DG
Rise a - / gain, risa - / gain,   
 DC
That her / name not be / lost,          
 GD
To the / knowledge of / men,           
 G
All / those who loved her / best and    
 CG
Were / with her / 'til the / end,        
 AmD
Will make the / Mary Ellen / Carter, rise a - /                    
 G
 gain!

Break:
 G
All / spring now we've been / with her,       
 C-DG
On a / barge lent by a / friend.    
 Am
Three / dives a day in a / hardhat suit, and
 CD
 Twice I've had the / bends.      
 G
Thank / God it's only / sixty feet, and
 CG
The / currents here are / slow, or       
 Am
I'd / never have the / strength,
 D
To go be - / low.     
 G
But we've / patched her rents, / stopped her vents,
 CG
Dogged / hatch, and Portholes  / down,                 
 Am
Put / cables to her, / fore and aft and
 CD
 Girded her a - / round,   
 G
To - / morrow noon, we / hit the air and
 CG
 Then take up the / strain, and
 AmDG
Make the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - / gain!               

Break: - Chorus:
 G
For we / couldn't  leave her / there,        
 C-DG
You see to / crumble into / scale.        
 Am
She'd  / saved our lives, so / many times, 
 CD
 Living through the / gale, and  
 G
The / laughing, drunken / rats,        
 CG
Who left her / to a sorry / grave,       
 AmD
They / won't be laughing / in another / day, and             
 GC
 You, to whom ad - / versity, has / dealt the final /                        
 G
 blow,
 Am
With / smiling bastards / lying to you,
 CD
 Everywhere you / go,         

 G
Turn / to, and put out / all your strength,
 CG
Of / arm, and heart and / brain, and      
 AmDG
Like the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - / gain!             

2nd Chorus:
 AmDG
Rise a - / gain, / rise a - / gain,   
 DC
Though your / heart, it be / broken, or     

 GD
 Life about to / end,    
 G
No / matter what you've / lost,        
 CG
Be it a / home, a love, a / friend,       
 AmDG
Like the / Mary Ellen / Carter rise a - / gain!             

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

I apologize for the length but I arrange in Word Perfect 8 with columns selected and the whole thing fits
two pages. If desired email me at the above email address for all the Stan Rogers I've submitted - in
Perfect 8

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