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Ellis Island  Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn Ellis Island Written by Marc Cohn
Marc Cohn vocals/acoustic guitar
Larry Campbell acoustic guitar
John Leventhal high strung guitar
Jon Brion harmonium
Jane Scarpentoni cello
[Am] [G] [F] [C] [Am] [G] [F] [C]  
[Am]I was [G]driving down [F]Ninth Aven[C]ue
[Am]As the [G]sky was [F]getting [C]dark
[Am]Didn't [G]have nothin' [F]else to [C]do
[Am]So I kept on [G]riding to [F]Battery [C]Park
[Am]I stepped out [G]in the damp and [F]misty [C]night
[Am]As the [G]fog was [F]rollin' [C]in
[Am]Man said, "[G]Last boat [F]leaving ton[C]ight
[Am]Is the boat for [G]Ellis [F]Islan[C]d
[Am] [G] [F] [C] [Am] [G] [F] [C]  
[Am]As my [G]feet touched [F]solid [C]ground,
[Am]I felt a [G]chill run [F]down my [C]spine
[Am]I could [G]almost [F]hear the [C]sound
[Am]Of thousands [G]pushing [F]through the [C]lines
[Am]Mothers [G]and bewil[F]dered [C]wives
[Am]That sailed [G]across the [F]raging [C]sea
[Am]Others [G]runnin' [F]for their [C]lives
[Am]To the land [G]of [F]opportu[C]nity
[Am]Oh down on [G]Ellis [F]Islan[C]d
[Bb]What is this strange [F]paradise
[Am]They must've wondered through the [F]cries and moans
[Bb]After all they [F]sacrificed,
Their [Gm]faith, their families, [Bb]friends and [Am]homes[F] [C]
[Am]Then on the [G]separati[F]on [C]stairs
[Am]They were[G] counted out, or [F]counted [C]in
[Am]Frozen [G]while the [F]inspector [C]stared
[Am]Down on [G]Ellis [F]Isla[C]nd
[Am]Oh down on [G]Ellis [F]Isla[C]nd
[Bb]Who-o-o[F]h [Am] yea-a-a[F]h
[Bb] [F] [Am] [F] [C]  
[Am]Now me I [G]only [F]stumbled [C]in
[Am]Just to [G]wander around that [F]empty [C]hall
[Am]Where someone e[G]lse's [F]fate had [C]been
[Am]Decided [G]in no t[F]ime at a[C]ll
[Am]Cases [G]filled with [F]hats and [C]clothes
[Am]And the [G]belongings of those who [F]journeyed [C]far
[Am]They're strange [G]reminders [F]I suppo[C]se
[Am]Of where we're [G]from and [F]who we [C]are
[Am]But as the [G]boat pulled [F]off the [C]shore
[Am]I could [G]see the fog was [F]lift[C]ing
[Am]And lights [G]I'd never [F]seen [C]before
[Am]Were shining down on [G]Ellis [F]Islan[C]d
[Am]Shining down on [G]Ellis [F]Islan[C]d
[Am] [G] [F] [C] [Am] [G] [F] [C]  
From Marc Cohn "Burning the Daze"
Atlantic Records 1997
Museum Steps Music(ASCAP)

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