Maginot Waltz Ralph McTell
This is from the album Easy and without tab software I am restricted to simply
posting the chords, so you will need to listen closely to get the picking right.
The main thing is use a clear waltz rhythmn in the bass,picking strings 6/4/4 each
bar for the first two lines. The bass moves betwen 5/3/3 and 5/4/4 as the chords
I have tabbed it in G but I think (from memory as I have long since lost the
album) that Ralph uses a capo on the 1st fret.
All off to Brighton in a charabanc
Albert played his banjo and how we sang.
The [C]beer was e[C(2)]xpensive but the laug[G]hter was free
A D (D run)
Oh how we do love to all be beside the sea.
Albert had a cousin named Marjorie
And I had been noticing that she had noticed me.
[C]I quickly dec[Eb7]ided if s[G]he [(Gmaj7)]didn't mi[E]nd
A D G (G run)
I would spend the day in her gay company.
We shared a plate of whelks strolling side by side.
I said she weren't too old to take a donkey ride
But I didn't mind when she laughed and said no
So we paused for a while and listened to the minstrel show.
There was a notice at the Palace Pier
It said there was to be a dance that night and it wasn't dear.
I explained of course that I could only waltz
And so we waltzed to every tune they played.
C | C(2) | G | G |
D | D) | G | G7 |
C | Eb7 | G (Gmaj7) | E |
A | D | G |(G run)
Nine o'clock come round we had to take the charabanc
Albert was too drunk to play the banjo but still we sang
All except Marjorie, I could tell at a glance
Because me and Albert was leaving for France.
I said "We'll both be home in a week or two
Me and Albert and Lord Kitchener will teach the Hun a thing or two.
I'm sure to return, after me do not yearn
And we will waltz together all our lives through."
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