Songs from the album
'SAILS OF SILVER'

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Barnet Fair

Gone To America

Let her Go Down

Sails Of Silver

Senior Service

Sails Of Silver
'Steeleye Span'

Intro
[Em] [B] [Em] [B]
[Em] [C] [Am] [D]

Verse 1
[Em]Fair maid in a [B]garden [Em]walking a[B]long,
[Em]What is it [C]makes her to [Am]weep and to [D]mourn?
([B]) [Em]I am as a [B]tall sailing [Em]ship out on the [B]sea,
[Em]Where only [C]long breezes [Am]reach out to [D]me.

Chorus
And I'll [C]set my [D]sails of [G]silver,
And I'll [C]steer [D]towards the [Em]sun,
([D])And [C]you false [D]love will [G]weep for me
When I'm [Am]gone, when I'm gone, when I'm [D]gone. ([B])

Verse 2
Fair maid in a garden how can it be?
Eyes staring seaward but what does she see?
A mast of the tall rowan tree, ropes of fine silk,
Decks holy stoned shining whiter than milk.

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental (Verse x 2)

Repeat Chorus
And I'll [C]set my [D]sails of [G]silver
And I'll [C]steer [D]towards the [Em]sun
([D])And [C]you false [D]love will [G]weep for me
When I'm [Am]gone, when I'm gone
[A]Gone when I'm gone.

And I'll [D]set my [E]sails of [A]silver
And I'll [D]steer [E]towards the [F#m]sun
([E])And [D]you false [E]love will [A]weep for me
When I'm [Bm]gone, when I'm gone, when I'm [E]gone

Repeat to fade

 

Sails Of Silver transcribed by IAN CRABB.
Thanks Ian.

 

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Gone To America
'Steeleye Span'

The transcriber of this piece, Ian Crabb, has transposed it down from the original key to D major for easier playing.

If you wish to play along to the record you must transpose it back up a semitone to Eb.

TIP: Put a capo on the first fret and play it as D major.

Intro
[D]

Verse 1
[A7]Married him in April, lost him in [D]July
[G]Listen to my [A]story and I'll tell you [D]why
They [G]said that he'd been poaching and stealing wine
They [A]said I wouldn't see him for a long, long time

Chorus
[A7]They said he's [D]gone [G]to [A]Americ[D]a
[G]To work the land that [A]some called [D]Virginia [A7]
They said [D]he's gone [G]to [A7]America

Verse 2
Married him in April, lost him in July
They took him as their prisoner then told me why
They said that they had sent him where poachers go,
I asked if I could see him, but they said no,

Chorus

[A7]Married him in April, lost him in [D]July

Instrumental
[D] [A7] only

Verse 3
Married him in April, lost him in July
Curse the men who took him curse their wicked lies
The night they saw him poaching and stealing wine
Was the night that he took comfort in these arms of mine, but now:

Chorus

Instrumental and fade

 

Gone To America transcribed by IAN CRABB.
Thanks Ian.

 

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Senior Service
'Steeleye Span'

Chorus
[E]Sally's in the alley and [B]Nancy's on the [E]game
[C#m]Emily is pregnant and [G#m]wondering who to blame.
We [E]raise our port and lemon and [B]toast a reply
That the [A]Senior [E]Service [B]satisfy.

Verse 1
[E]See the bold man-of-war [A]steaming into port
[E]Guns fully primed, the [A]24-pounder sort
And [F#m]down on the deck for a [D]full broadside
[A]Back on the high seas with the [E]rising [B]tide.

Verse 2
Here's a little steam ship chugging up the channel
Small smoke stack and a red smoking funnel.
He brings the girls presents of stockings and tights,
Comes regular as clockwork every Tuesday night.

Chorus

[C#m]Here come the sailor boys, Matthew, Luke and [F#]John
[C#m]I like 'em with tattoos, I like 'em young and [F#]strong.
[C#m]Here come the sailor boys a-rousting up the [F#]town
[C#m]Their rigging is up but their sails are [F#]down.

Instrumental Break

Verse 3
Here's a skipper of a clipper with a broken bowsprit
Heading for dry dock and a new refit
There's an oil tanker of the modern kind
A thousand foot length of throbbing steam turbine.

Chorus

Here come the sailor boys, George, John and Paul.
I like 'em lithe and lissom, like 'em slim and tall.
Here come the sailor boys whistling up the quay,
Blue Peter up the mast where all the girls can see.

Chorus

 

Senior Service transcribed by IAN CRABB.
Thanks Ian.

 

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Barnet Fair
'Steeleye Span'

Verse 1
[D]Once a year when the [Dsus4]Win[D]ter's [Dadd9]call[D(no3)]ing,
[D]Birds fly south and the [Dsus4]leaves [D]are [Dadd9]fall[D(no3)]ing [A]down
Just beyond the [D]town, the meadow where a [Dsus4]camp[D]fire's [Dadd9]burni[D(no3)]ng
[D]Wakes in the morning to the [Dsus4]music [D]of the [Dadd9]big [D(no3)]fair[A]ground.

Coming from the [Bm]East, coming from the [G]West, all the [A]gypsies are gather[D]ing.
[Bm]Just another town on the [G]road for the travelling [A]man.
[A] / [B]

Chorus
[E]Follow me, boys, won't you [B7]follow me to Barnet [E]Fair?
Follow on children won't you [B7]follow me to Barnet [E]Fair?
If I show you the way won't you [B]come along today?
[C5]Everyone you know will be [A]there.
[E]Follow me, boys, won't you [B7]follow me to Barnet [E]Fair.
[G] / [A]

Verse 2
Leave the factory, leave the field
Word is abroad that the fair arrives today.
Come on from the dusty loom and the rusty plough
Join the procession, I can hear it come this way

Come and see the juggler, come and see the fiddler
See the horses and the dancing bear.
Come and see the pretty lasses with the coloured ribbons in their hair.

Chorus

Verse 3
See the magic lantern and the batt and hoop-la,
Prizes for the twopenny shy.
"All the fun of the fair" you can hear the showmen cry.

Chorus

 

Barnet Fair transcribed by IAN CRABB.
Thanks Ian.

 

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Let Her Go Down
'Peter Knight'

To play along to the CD. put Capo on second fret.

Verse 1
[C]Sometime in Oc[F]tober,
We [G] sailed from [F]England's [C]shore;
When we [G]sailed in[C]to a [G]raging [C]storm
Like I've [F]never, ever [G]seen be[C]fore.
[F]All of the crew, they were [G]brave men
But the [C]captain, he was [C7]bra[F]ver
He said, [G]"never [C]mind the [G]ship, me [C]boys,
There's none of us here can [F]save her;

Chorus
Let her go [C]down [G] [F]
[G]Swim for your [C]lives[G] [F]
[G]Swim for your [C]children
[Dm]Swim for your [F]wives
But [G]let her go [C]down; [G] [F] let her go [C]down.

Verse 2
Lost in the open ocean
There were some of the crew and me
As the captain steered our wounded ship
To the bottom of an angry sea
And with his dying breath we all heard him say,
"It's the fortune of a sailor"
And he said, "never mind the ship, me boys,
There's none of us here can save her;

Chorus

Verse 3
(Same chords up one whole step to 'D')
He wondered if his shipmates
Were ready just to pray and give in;
So he called their names out one by one
But there was no one else around but him.
He saw the ship go down in the fading light
And he knew he could have saved her.
He said, "the captain lied when the captain cried,
'There's none of us here can save her;'"

Chorus

 

Sails Of Silver transcribed by DANIEL A. HALL.
Thanks Dan.

 

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