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Powderfinger  chords rare acoustic version 
Neil Young  1975 (This version is from the unreleased Chrome Dreams Album and the 
unreleased single; please note this is in the key of E, not G as in the live 
versions and Rust Never Sleeps)

E *

Look out, Mama,
there's a white boat
              E    A\E
comin' up the river
With a big red beacon,

and a flag,
                 E   A\E
and a man on the rail
I think you'd better call John,
'Cause it don't
look like they're here
     E          A
to deliver, the mail
         G#m               A
And it's less than a mile away
  G#m                      A
I hope they didn't come to stay
It's got numbers on the side
and a gun
And it's makin' big waves.

E  A/E

Daddy's gone,
my brother's out hunting
       E        A\E
in the mountains
Big John's been drinking
                          E   A\E
since the river took Emmy-Lou
So the powers that be
left me here
to do the thinkin'
      G#m                A
And I just turned twenty-two
      G#m               A
I was wonderin' what to do
And the closer they got,
    C#m                 B
The more those feelings grew.

E  A\E

E                   A
Daddy's rifle in my hand
         E     A\E
felt reassurin'

He said,
Red means run, son,
                  E      A\E
numbers add up to nothin'
But when the first shot
        C#m            E
hit the docks I saw it comin'
          G#m         A
Raised my rifle to my eye
      G#m               A
Never stopped to wonder why.
Then I saw black,
       C#m                  B
And my face splashed in the sky.

E  A\E

E                   A
Shelter me from the powder
        E     A\E
and the finger
Cover me with the thought
                E      A\E
that pulled the trigger
Think of me
   C#m             E
as one you'd never figured
      G#m          A
Would fade away so young
     G#m            A
With so much left undone
  G#m             C#m
Remember me to my love,
I know I'll miss her. 

E  A\E

* Alternate:

Capo II

A   = G
E   = D
C#m = Bm
G#m = F#m
B   = A

Neil Young - Powderfinger :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Powderfinger tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Powderfinger:

Neil Percival Young[1] OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician and film director.

Young's work is characterized by deeply personal lyrics, distinctive guitar work, and signature nasal tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments—including piano and harmonica—his style of claw-hammer acoustic guitar and often idiosyncratic soloing on electric guitar are the linchpins of a sometimes ragged, sometimes polished sound. Although Young has experimented widely with differing music styles, including swing, jazz, rockabilly, blues, and electronic music throughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into either of two distinct styles: folk-esque acoustic rock (as heard in songs such as "Heart of Gold", "Harvest Moon" and "Old Man") and electric-charged hard rock (in songs like "Cinnamon Girl", "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)"). In more recent years, Young has started to adopt elements from newer styles of music, such as industrial, alternative country and grunge, the latter of which was profoundly influenced by his own style of playing, often bringing him the title of "the godfather of grunge".

Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), and Greendale (2003).[2]

He is also an outspoken advocate for environmental issues and small farmers, having co-founded the benefit concert Farm Aid, and in 1986 helped found The Bridge School,[3] and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his wife Pegi.

Although Young sings frequently about U.S. legends and myths (Pocahontas, space stations, and the settlement of the American West),[4] he remains a Canadian citizen and has never wanted to relinquish his Canadian citizenship. He has lived in the U.S. for "so long" and has stated, about U.S. elections, that he has "got just as much right to vote in them as anybody else."[5]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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