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The Pogues - Thousands Are Sailing chords

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Verse 1
C
The island it is silent now
        F
But the ghosts still haunt the waves
        C                 Am
And the torch lights up a famished man
    Dm                G
Who fortune could not save

C       
Did you work upon the railroad
        F
Did you rid the streets of crime
          C                 Am
Were your dollars from the white house
     G                      C
Were they from the five and dime
       
C        Am
Did the old songs taunt or cheer you
           F                    C
And did they still make you cry
        Am
Did you count the months and years
                Dm               G
Or did your teardrops quickly dry
G   C
Ah, No, says he 'twas not to be
     F
On a coffin ship I came here
      C          Am
And I never even got so far
     G                        C
That they could change my name


Chorus 1

Am
Thousands are still sailing
G                  Dm
Across the Western Ocean
     Am
To a land of opportunity
     G                 Dm
That some of them will never see
Am
Fortune prevailing
G                  Dm
Across the Western Ocean
      Am
Their bellies full

And their spirits free
        G                   Dm
They'll break the chains of poverty
            F     Am  G D F Am G D C
And they'll dance

Verse 2

C
In Manhattan's desert twilight
       F
In the death of afternoon
           C               Am
We stepped hand in hand on Broadway
               Dm          G
Like the first man on the moon
G        C
And "The Blackbird" broke the silence
       F
As you whistled it so sweet
       C               Am
And in Brendan Behan's footsteps
            G            C   
I danced up and down the street

C       Am                
Then we said goodnight to Broadway
       F           C
Giving it our best regards
           Am
Tipped our hats to Mister Cohan
         Dm                       G
Dear old Times Square's favourite bard
G       C      
Then we raised a glass to J.F.K.
      F
And a dozen more besides
       C              Am
When I got back to my empty room
   G                  C
I suppose I must have cried


Chorus 2
Am
Thousands are sailing
G                  Dm
Again across the ocean
          Am
Where the hand of opportunity
      G            Dm
Draws tickets in a lottery
Am
Postcards we're mailing
   G                  Dm
Of sky-blue skies and oceans
     Am
From rooms the daylight never sees
      G                    Dm
Where lights don't glow on Christmas trees
       F                            Am G D F Am G D Am Dm Am F C G C G C
But we dance to the music and we dance


Chorus 3
Am
Thousands are sailing
G                  Dm
Again across the ocean
          Am
Where the hand of opportunity
      G            Dm
Draws tickets in a lottery
Am
Where e'er we go, we celebrate
   G                  Dm
The land that makes us refugees
     Am
From fear of Priests with empty plates
      G                    Dm
From guilt and weeping effigies
       F                             Am G D F Am G D Am Dm Am F C G C G C
And we dance to the music and we dance 
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