Gordon Bok – Canso Strait chords

D     Em7   A7  G D  Em7 D

Em7In Canso Strait our vessel lay
A7 G D Em7 DWe'd just returned from out the Bay
Em7A schooner built both stout and strong
A7 DAnd to Gloucester she did belong
Em7We were homeward bound and ready for sea
A7 G D Em7 DWhen our drunken captain got on a spree
Em7He come on board and to us did say
A7 D"Get your anchors, boys, and fill away"
Em7Well, we got our anchors at his command
A7 G D Em7 DAnd with all sail set, we left the land
Em7We left old Sand Point on our lee
A7 DAnd headed her out against a steep head-sea
[Instrumental] D Em7 A7 G D Em7 D [Verse]
Em7Well, the night come on, the dark clouds lower
A7 G D Em7 DThe wind did howl and the waves did roar
Em7An angry wave from the angry sky
A7 DIt knocked her down about half-mast high
Em7Well, the jib-sheets parted, which eased her some
A7 G D Em7 DShe come head-to-wind and she rose again
Em7We got our jibs in and a new sheet bent
A7 DAnd straight'way aft to our captain went
Em7We kindly asked him to shorten sail
A7 G D Em7 DOr we'd be lost in the heavy gale
Em7He cursed and swore, that if the wind would blow
A7 DHe'd show us how his old boat could go
Em7Then up spoke one of our gallant men
A7 G D Em7 D"There's twelve of us right here at hand
Em7We'll reef her down and to sea we'll go
A7 DAnd if you refuse, you'll be tied below"
Em7Well, the seas did roar and the wind did rave
A7 G D Em7 DWe never thought our lives we'd save
Em7But we reefed her down to her own success
A7 DShe's like a bird swinging for the nest
[Instrumental] D Em7 A7 G D Em7 D [Verse]
Em7She's headed up off the Cape Shore now
A7 G D Em7 DShe knocks the white foam off her bow
Em7Oh, never again will I ever sail
A7 DWith a drunken captain and a heavy gale
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