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Odessa City On The Black Sea
Bee Gees - Odessa (City on the Black Sea) from Odessa (1969)

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb


Chords within brackets are optional - you can play them if you think it sounds better.

Intro: (Am) Am E Am E C G (G#) Am

  Am                                 Am/E  
"Fourteenth of February, eighteen ninety-nine, 
The British Ship Veronica was lost without a sign"

Am
Baa baa black sheep, 
     E
you haven't any wool. 
Am
Captain Richardson 
E                              C
left himself a lonely wife in Hull. 

G (G#) Am  E  Am  G  C

[End of Flamenco part, strumming begins)
(You can play C7+ instead of C, but I think C sounds fine. You could also play a Cmaj7)


C                             F          Dm
Cherub, I lost a ship in the Baltic sea. 
G                             C
  I'm on an iceberg running free. 

C                                 F              Dm
Sitting, filing this berg to the shape of a ship; 
                             C
sailing my way back to your lips. 
                                Dm
One passing ship gave word that 
                                 C
you have moved out of your old flat, 
                             F (Fmaj7) Dm
you love the Vicar more than words can say. 
G
  Tell him to pray 
               C  G/B  Am      (Am/G) F   C/E  Dm     G
that I won't melt  a___way  and I'll see your  face again. 

Am   G     F   G     Am  G         F     C
O____des____sa___,   how strong am I______?
Am   G     F   G (G#)Am  G         F     C
O____des___sa___     how time goes by_____

(add a G# note if you so wish)
 
(Bass comes in here)

C

  C                                     F              Dm
Treasure, you know the neighbours that live next door, 
G                                C
  they haven't got their dog anymore. 


   C            (Cmaj7)         F              Dm
Freezing, sailing around in the North Atlantic, 
                                C
can't seem to leave the sea anymore. 
                        Dm
I just don't understand 
                              C
why you just moved to Finland. 
                              F (Fmaj7)  Dm
You love that Vicar more than words can say. 
G  
  Ask him to pray 
              C   G/B  Am   (Am/G)  F   C/E  Dm    G
that I won't melt  a___way and I'll see your face again. 

Am   G     F  G      Am  G         F     C
O____des____sa___,   how strong am I______?
Am   G     F   G (G#)Am  G          F     C
O____des___sa___     how time does fly_____


(Flamenco Part)

(Am) Am E Am E C G (G#) Am E 

Am E Am E C G 

Am E Am E Am E 

C G Am E F G E Am E Am

  Am
"Fourteenth of February, eighteen ninety-nine, 
The British ship Veronica was lost without a sign"

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If you have trouble playing some chords, just play the simplified version,
so Am/E would just become Am.


Tabbed by Musicfreak0.
 
 
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Odessa City On The Black Sea tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Odessa City On The Black Sea:

The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of the 20th century. They were born on the Isle of Man to English parents, lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England and moved to Brisbane, Australia during their childhood years, where they began their musical careers. Their worldwide success came when they returned to England and signed with producer Robert Stigwood.

The multiple Grammy Award-winning group was successful for most of its forty years of recording music, but it had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a harmonic "soft rock" act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as the foremost stars of the disco music era in the late 1970s.

No matter the style, the Bee Gees sang tight three-part harmonies that were instantly recognizable; as brothers, their voices blended perfectly, in the same way that The Everly Brothers' did. Barry sang lead on many songs, and an R&B falsetto introduced in the disco years; Robin provided the clear vibrato lead that was a hallmark of their pre-disco music; Maurice sang high and low harmonies throughout their career. The three brothers co-wrote most of their hits, and they said that they felt like they became 'one person' when they were writing. The group's name was retired after Maurice died in January 2003.

The Bee Gees were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; fittingly, the presenter of the award to "Britain's first family of harmony"[1] was Brian Wilson, leader of the Beach Boys, America's first family of rock harmony.

It has been estimated that the Bee Gees' record sales total more than 220 million, easily making them one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. The above figure in record sales does not include record sales for artists for whom they have written and with whom they have collaborated. Their 1997 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame citation says "Only Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees".[2]

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