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England  Great Big Sea

"England"(McCann)
From "Fortune's Favour" (2008)
This is certainly mr. McCann's most impressive
song to date.Alan Doyle's Nic Jones style guitar
part is played in Open C and deserving of a full tab.
this transcription will follow the implied chords and\or
the ones played (in standard) by Murray Foster's guitar.
Use A capo on the fifth fret.
Intro:|C |
[C]We were far from the [F]shores of [G5]Englan[C]d
[C]Far from our [F]children and w[G5]ives
To [F]play our [C]hand in the [G5]Newfound[C]land
where the wind cuts [F]like [C]a kn[G5]ife
we were [C]far from the [F]shores of [G5]Englan[C]d
We [C]shipped on board the [G5]Marya[C]nne
to find a [F]better [G5]life
and we [F]walked ac[C]ross the [G5]wate[C]r
when she broke up [F]on [C]the i[G5]ce
we came ashore in Carbonear
with nothing but our rights
and I wondered if I e'er again
would see my London Lights
we were far from the shores of England
far from our children and wives
to play our hand in the Newfoundland
where the wind cuts like a knife
we were far from the shores of England
far from our native soil
to chase a wish,and to hunt the fish,
and on the rocks to toil
we were far from the shores of England
We spend our days amid the waves
working water, hook and twine
we'd go for weeks with blistered cheeks
waiting for the sun to shine
but as long as the sky hold over us
we will not taste the brine
and we'll curse the cod with the fear of god
as we haul in every line
CHORUS
Break: |C Dm7 G| X2
Should we find fortune's favour,
and be spared from the gale
we will live off honest labour
with our hearts as big as sails
but if I should die don't bury me
or leave me to the sea
just send my bones back to my home
where my spirit can be free
CHORUS, end on C

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