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Isle of Hope Isle of Tears  Tommy Fleming

(orig. = capo 2nd)
[C] [-] [Em] [-] [Am] [-] [D] [-] [G]  
[G] [D] [C] [G] 
1. On the first day of January, eighteen ninety-two,
[C] [G] [Am] [D] 
they opened Ellis Island and they let the people through.
[G] [D] [C] [G] 
And the first to cross the threshold of that isle of hope and tears,
[C] [G] [Am] [D] [-D7] 
was Annie Moore from Ireland who was all of fifteen years.
[C] [D] [G] [D] [Em] 
Isle of hope, isle of tears, isle of freedom, isle of fears,
[C] [Am] [D] 
but it's not the isle you left behind.
[C] [D] [G] [D] [Em] 
That isle of hunger, isle of pain, isle you'll never see again,
[C] [D] [G] 
but the isle of home is always on your mind.
[G] [D] [C] [G] 
2. In a little bag she carried all her past and history,
[C] [G] [Am] [D] 
and her dreams for the future in the land of liberty.
[G] [D] [C] [G] 
And courage is the passport when your old world disappears,
[C] [G] [Am] [D] 
but there's no future in the past, when you're all of fifteen years,
+ CHORUS
[+] [C] [-] [Em] [-] [Am] [-] [D] [-] [G]  
[G] [D] [C] [G] 
3. When they closed down Ellis Island in nineteen forty-three,
[C] [G] [Am] [D] 
seventeen million people had come there for sanctuary.
[G] [D] [C] [G] 
And in Springtime when I came here and I stepped onto its piers,
[C] [G] [Am] [D] [-] [D7] 
I thought of how it must have hurt when you're only fifteen years.
[C] [D] [G] [D] [Em] 
Isle of hope, isle of tears, isle of freedom, isle of fears,
[C] [Am] [D] 
but it's not the isle you left behind.
[C] [D] [G] [D] [Em] 
That isle of hunger, isle of pain, isle you'll never see again,
[C] [D] [G] 
but the isle of home is always on your mind.
(orig. moves up half a note to capo 3rd here)
+ repeat CHORUS
[C] [D] [-] [C] [-] [Em] [-] [Am] [-] [D] [-] [G] 
+ Yes, the isle of home is always on your mind.

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