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20110602 Sea Fever

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Uploaded on Jun 2, 2011

This is a song I did way back in high school, and still really enjoy. Dusted it off a couple months ago and wrote up some chords for it. Lots of chord changes, which made putting them to memory a bit difficult. I also recall struggling with getting the words right...would flip the verses around. Fortunately, this recording worked out well...just got to work on that melody line pickin'...

(Poem #27) Sea Fever

Dm C G
I must go down to the seas again,
Dm C G
to the lonely sea and the sky,
Gm F B F
And all I ask is a tall ship
Gm F Gm
and a star to steer her by,
Cm Eb
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song
F Gm Dm
and the white sail's shaking,
Gm F Am Dm
And a grey mist on the sea's face
Gm F Am Dm
and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again,
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume,
and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again
to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way
where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn
from a laughing fellow rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream
when the long trick's over.

-- John Masefield
-- adapted from music arranged by John Ireland

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