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Amsterdam Chords
David Bowie - Amsterdam (1972)
(Cover, original written by Jacques Brel in French)

(In the first verse each chord indicated is swept once)

Am
In the port of Amsterdam
		   Em/G
There's a sailor who sings
		  F
Of the dreams that he brings
			Em/G	  E
From the wide open sea

		Am
In the port of Amsterdam
			Em/G
There's a sailor who sleeps
			F			 E
While the river bank weeps
		 Am
To the old willow tree

		 C
In the port of Amsterdam
			G			 E/F
There's a sailor who dies
		  Am
Full of beer, full of cries
		Em/G 		  E
In a drunken town fight
		 F
In the port of Amsterdam
			Em/G
There's a sailor who's born
	 F			  Em/G
On a hot muggy morn
		  Am
By the dawn's early light

(The rest of the song is strummed in 3/4 time)

Am
In the port of Amsterdam
			Em/G
Where the sailors all meet
			F
There's a sailor who eats
		Em/G
Only fish heads and tails
			Am
And he'll show you his teeth
			 Em/G
That have rotted too soon
			F
That can haul up the sails
			E				 Am
That can swallow the moon

		 C
And he yells to the cook 
			G		   E/F
With his arms open wide
		Am
"Hey, bring me more fish
	      Em/G
Throw it down by my side"
		 F
And he wants so to belch
			Em/G
But he's too full to try
		F
So he stands up and laughs
		 Em/G	 	  Am
And he zips up his fly

		 Am
In the port of Amsterdam
		Em/G
You can see sailors dance
			F
Paunches bursting their pants
			Em/G
Grinding women to porch
			Am
They've forgotten the tune
				Em/G
That their whiskey voice croaked
	F
Splitting the night 
			E				Am
With the roar of their jokes
			C
And they turn and they dance
			G				E/F
And they laugh and they lust
			Am						Em/G
Till the rancid sound of the accordion bursts
			F
And then out of the night
				Em/G
With their pride in their pants
		   F
And the sluts that they tow
		Em/G				Am
Underneath the street lamps

		 Am
In the port of Amsterdam
			Em/G
There's a sailor who drinks
		 F
And he drinks and he drinks
		Em/G
And he drinks once again
		Am
He'll drink to the health
		 Em/G
Of the whores of Amsterdam
		 F
Who've given their bodies
		E				Am
To a thousand other men
					C
Yeah, they've bargained their virtue
		 G				E/F
Their goodness all gone
		Am
For a few dirty coins
		  Em/G
Well he just can't go on
			  F
Throws his nose to the sky
		  Em/G
And he aims it up above
			F
And he pisses like I cry
			Em/G	  Am
On the unfaithful love

		 Am
In the port of Amsterdam
		 E
In the port of Amsterdam
F	E	Am.	E.	Am.

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Em/G = 322000, E/F = X4X454

Tab converted by Cbswe ([email protected])

 
 
David Bowie - Amsterdam Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Amsterdam tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Amsterdam Chords:

"Ashes to Ashes" is a single by David Bowie, released in 1980. It made #1 in the UK and was the first cut from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, also a #1 hit. As well as its musical qualities, it is noted for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet. Bowie has said that with this song he was "wrapping up the seventies really for myself, and that seemed a good enough epitaph for it".[1]

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