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Port Of Amsterdam
(Port of) AMSTERDAM                        
Written by Jacques Brel (original lyrics in French, English by David Bowie â€" 1972)
As performed by David Bowie

Am                                 Em
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who sings
       F                              E
Of the dreams that he brings from the wide open sea
       Am                          Em
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who sleeps
          Dm         E                  Am
While the river bank weeps to the old willow tree
       C                           G          E
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who dies
        Am                      Em            E
Full of beer, full of cries in a drunken town fight
       F                           E
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who's born
     Dm        E           Am
On a hot muggy morn by the dawn's early light


       Am                          Em
In the port of Amsterdam where the sailors all meet
          F                    E
There's a sailor who eats only fish heads and tails
          Am                           Em
And he'll show you his teeth that have rotted too soon
         Dm          E              Am
That can haul up the sails that can swallow the moon
       C                          G         E
And he yells to the cook with his arms open wide
     Am                          Em         E
Hey, bring me more fish throw it down by my side
       F                          E
And he wants so to belch but he's too full to try
      Dm            E             Am
So he stands up and laughs and he zips up his fly

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

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

F  E  Am -E-Am

"Port of Amsterdam" was first released as B-side of the "Sorrow" single - 1973
Also a live version on "Bowie at the Beeb" - 2000
Original in French: “Amsterdam” by Jacques Brel - 1961

Submitted by RelecRK
David Bowie - Port Of Amsterdam :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Port Of Amsterdam tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Port Of Amsterdam:

"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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