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Edmund Fitzgerald Chords
Edmund Fitzgerald by: Gordon Lightfoot
Chords By: RT237

Asus2                   Em
The legend lives on from the chippewa on down 
      G	      D             Asus2
Of the big lake they called "Gitche Gumee"
                            Em
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
 	  G	   D	          Asus2
When the skies of November turn gloomy
                                   Em
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more 
         G           D             Asus2
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
                              Em 
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed 
	   G	    D	           Asus2
When the "Gales of November" came early. 

                              Em
The ship was the pride of the American side 

      G           D      Asus2
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
                                  Em
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most 
      G           D         Asus2
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
                              Em
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms 
           G         D          Asus2
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
                              Em
And later that night when the ship's bell rang 
        G          D             Asus2
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?


                             Em
The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound 
      G       D       Asus2
And a wave broke over the railing
                           Em
And every man knew, as the captain did too, 
           G       D             Asus2
T'was the witch of November come stealin'.
                           Em
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait 
        G      D           Asus2
When the Gales of November came slashin'.
                           Em 
When afternoon came it was freezin' rain 
      G       D             Asus2
In the face of a hurricane west wind.


                              Em
When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck 
        G         D              Asus2
Sayin'. "Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya."
                     Em
At Seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in', 
        G         D             Asus2
he said "Fellas, it's been good t'know ya"
                            Em
The captain wired in he had water comin' in 
       G           D        Asus2
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
                               Em
And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight 
        G          D        Asus2
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.


                             Em
Does any one know where the love of God goes 
        G           D        Asus2
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
                                 Em
The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay 
         G             D         Asus2
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her.
                                  Em
They might have split up or they might have capsized; 
     G           D           Asus2
They may have broke deep and took water.
                            Em 
And all that remains is the faces and the names 
      G           D          Asus2
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.


                   Em
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings 
      G          D       Asus2
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
                           Em
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams; 
     G          D             Asus2
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.
                  Em 
And farther below Lake Ontario 
     G          D           Asus2
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
                             Em
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know 
        G      D       Asus2
with the Gales of November remembered.

                        Em 
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed, 
       G      D       Asus2
In the "Maritime Sailors' Cathedral."
                                Em
The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times 
          G         D           Asus2
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.
                               Em
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down 
      G           D          Asus2
Of the big lake they call "Gitche Gumee".
                               Em
"Superior", they said, "never gives up her dead 
         G      D             Asus2
When the 'Gales of November' come early!"



 
 
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About the artist behind Edmund Fitzgerald Chords:

Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr., C.C., O.Ont., (born 17 November 1938) is a Canadian singer and songwriter who achieved international success in folk, country, and popular music. As a singer-songwriter, he came to prominence in the 1960s, and broke through on the international music charts in the 1970s with songs such as "If You Could Read My Mind" (1970), "Sundown" (1974) and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976). His songs have been recorded by some of the world's most successful recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. Robbie Robertson of The Band declared that Lightfoot was one of his "favourite Canadian songwriters and is absolutely a national treasure."[1]

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