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Buying Time
(Great Big Sea)
Chords transcribed by Barry O'Brien


Am C F
Am C F


Am C F
Stayed awake for hours again last night.
Am
Searching for
the reason to keep up the fight.
C F
I've made choices I don't regret.


I've got problems I don't get.


Am C F
Am C F


I didn't want to carry the heavier load.
You can't always take the middle
road.
There comes a time when you make up your mind,
And the point gets
left behind.


(Chorus)
G F
One more day for the conversation.
C G
One more day
to make it right.
G F
Lets, get away from the confrontation.
Am C

One more day just buying time.


Am C F
Am C F


For years and years you can drift alone.
And write another verse to an
endless song.
Wait one more day till the time is right.
Hoping you both
see the light.


(Chorus)
G F
I'm not afraid to sleep alone
Am G F
I'm not afraid
to be alone.


Am C F
Am C F



Stayed awake for hours again last night.
Searching for the reason to
keep up the fight.
I've made choices I don't regret.
I've got problems
and problems and problems.


(Chorus)








"Fast as I Can" by Great Big Sea
(Chords transcribed by Kevin
Fidler)
Intro: F Bb C F Bb C


F
From the first "Hello" you gave to me
Bb C
I've done nothing else
but smile
F
And I know you're in a hurry
Bb C
but it's gonna take
a while.
Bb C
So forgive me if we go slow,
Bb C Csus4
but there's
something I think you should know...


Chorus:
Bb F C Dm
I'm goin fast as I can, please don't make me
rush
Bb F C Csus4
this feeling's coming on way too fast
Bb F C
Dm
I'll tell you all of the things that you'll never forget
Bb F C F

But I'm not ready say, "I love you" yet
Bb F C F
I'm not ready to say
"I love you" yet.


F Bb C F Bb C


F
Verse: Don't push me in too deep,
Bb C
I've always been the fool
who rushes in.
F
I know, You've got to take the pieces one-by-one
Bb
C
'fore you've got everything.
Bb C
So forgive me if we take
time.
Bb C Csus4
but there's something thats been on my mind...


(Chorus)
Bb C
Bridge: Oh! There'll be times when I'm mistaken
Bb C

there'll be times when we're gonna fight
Bb Gm Am Dm
but you needn't
doubt we can work it out
Bb C
and in time we'll get it right.


F Bb C F Bb C


Bb C
So forgive me if we go slow
Bb C
but there's something I
think you should know...
(Chorus) played until fade out




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Ferry Island Sealer
Great Big Sea
(Chorded by Bill Dunne and Randy
Rix)


Verse 1: (hard downstokes)


Em D
Our Schooner and our sloop in Ferryland they do lie
Em G D

They're already rigged to be bound for the ice
Em G
All you lads of
the south ---- ern
(softly) D C (arpegiate)
We will have you to beware

(hard) Em G D
She's going to the ice in the spring of the year


Chorus: (hit each chord once hard)


Em D Em D Em (begin strumming)
Laddie whack fall the laddie, laddie whack
fall the day


Em G Em G Em G Em G


Verse 2: (as above but faster pace/more strumming)


Em D
Our course be east north-east for two days and two nights
Em G D

Our captain he cried out 'boys look ahead for the ice!
Em G D Cadd9

We hove her about standing in for the land
Em G D
twas in a few more
hours we were firm in the jam


Chorus: (as above)


Em G Em G


Verse 3: (as in verse 2)
Our captain he cried out "come on boys lend a
hand"
Our cook he makes the breakfast and each man takes a dram
With
there bats in their hands it was earlye for the go
Every man showed his
action 'thout the missin' of a blow


Chorus: (as above)


Em G Em G


Verse 4:
Some were killin', some were scalpin, some were haulin' on board

and some more they were firing and a-missin' of their loads
in the dusk
of the evening all hands in from the cold
and we counted nine hundred fine
scalps in the h ----old


Instrumental
Em D Em D


Pre-chorus to Bridge
G Cadd9 D
G Cadd9 D


Bridge:
G Cadd9 D
We're now off Cape Spear and in sight of Cape
Broyle
G Cadd9 D
We will dance - sing - carouse me boys in just a little
while
G Cadd9 D
we'll soon enjoy the charms of our sweathearts and our
friends


(downstrokes and heavy palm muting for the following)
Em D
But it
will not be long b'fore we're down in the bend


Chorus: (strum throughout)
Em D Em D Em (begin strumming)
Laddie
whack fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day


Em G Em G


Verse 5: (strum pattern follows verse 2-4)


Em D
Our Schooner and our sloop in Ferryland they do lie
Em G D

They're already rigged to be bound for the ice
Em G (once hard)
All
you lads of the south --------- ern



(as in verse 1)
(softly) D C (arpegiate)
We will have you to
beware
(hard) Em G D
She's going to the ice in the spring of the year


chorus: (strum hard and fast)


Em D Em D Em
Laddie whack fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day

D Em D Em
Fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day
D Em D Em

Fall the laddie, laddie whack fall the day


fin.




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Goin' Up
(Great Big Sea)
Chords transcriped by Barry O'Brien


G C
Well come gather all around me.
G D
There is something you
should know.
G C
There is no place quite like this place.
G D
If we
get it on the go.


So, pile your books up in the corner.
Hang your jackets from the
door.
There's thirty people in the kitchen.
And there's always room for
more.


(Chorus)
G C D
Oh-Oh-Oh, Come on now.
G C D
Let's lock the world
outside.
G C D G
Oh-Oh-Oh Come on I tell you now
C D C
She's goin'
up tonight.


G C G D
G C G D


Well there'll be music all around you.
You should see the way it
feels.
Come on off we go now heal in toe now.
To the jigs and
reels.
Well somebody's got a fiddle.
And someone else brought a
guitar.
We got Bobby on the squeeze box.
Got my chair and mason jar.


(Chorus)


(Chorus)


Well there'll be smiling there'll be laughing.
Well that's good enough for
me.
There'll be dancing all around you.
This is where you want to
be.
So pile your books up in the corner.
Hang your jackets from the
door.
There's thirty people in the kitchen.
And there's always room for
more.


(Chorus)





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Mari-Mac
Great Big Sea


G A Em


Em
There's a neat little lass and her name is Mari Mac
D
Make no
mistake, she's the girl I'm gonna track
Em
Lot of other fellas try to get
her on her back
G A Em
But I'm thinking that they'll have to get up
early


Chorus:
Em
Mari Mac's mother's making Mari Mac marry me
D
My
mother's making me marry Mari Mac
EM
Well I'm going to marry Mari for when
Mari's taking care of me
G A Em
We'll all be feeling merry when I marry
Mari Mac



Now Mari and her mother are an awful lot together
In fact you hardly
see the one without the other
And people often wonder if it's Mari or her
mother
Or both of them together I am courting


Chorus


Well up among the heather in the hills of Bonifee
Well I had a bonnie lass
sitting on me knee
A bumble bee stung me right above me knee
Up among the
heather in the hills of Benifee


Chorus


Well I said "Wee bonnie lassie, where you going to spend the day?"
She
said "Among the heather in the hills of Benifee"
Where all the boys and girls
are making out so free
Up among the heather in the hills of Benifee


Chorus


The wedding's on Wednesday, everything's arranged
Soon her name will be
changed to mine unless her mind be changed
And making the arrangements, I'm
feeling quite deranged
Marriage is an awful undertaking


Chorus


Sure to be a grand affair, grander than a fair
Going to be a fork and
plate for every man that's there
And I'll be a bugger if I don't get my
share
If I don't we'll be very much mistaken


Chorus


There's a neat little lass and her name is Mari Mac
Make no mistake, she's
the girl I'm gonna track
Lot of other fellas try to get up on her back
I'm
thinking that they'll have to get up early


Chorus




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The Old Black Rum
(Great Big Sea)
Chords transcribed by Barry
O'Brien


G D G
I drank sixteen doubles for the price of one.
C D
Trying to
find the courage to talk to one.
C G C G
I asked her for a dance. Not a
second glance
D
My night had just begun.


When I drink to the Father or the Holy Ghost.
I'm kneeling at the altar of
my nightly post.
So I'll raise the glass. Not the first or last.
Come join
me in this toast.


(Chorus)
D G
Because the old black rum's got a hold of me.
C
D
Like a dog wrapped round my leg.
D G
And the old black rum's got a
hold of me.
C D Em C
Well I live for another day, Hey.
C D G
Well
I'll live for another day.


Well the queen of George Street just came walking on by.
Walking on by
with some guy who don't care.
That she stood in line. Since half past
nine.
And spent three hours on her hair (on her hair).
Her friend is
looking at me with an evil grin.
I think a bloody wracked might soon begin.

I must have said something. To the George Street queen.
The boys are
joining in.


(Chorus)


So I drank all of my money and I slept out in the rain.
Every day is
different but the night are all the same.
You never see the sun. On the old
black rum.
But you know I'm gonna do it again.


(Chorus X 2)
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IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
Great Big Sea (Also performed by
REM)


G C
That's great it starts with an earthquake
G
Birds and snakes and
aeroplanes
C
Lenny Bruce is not afraid
G
Eye of a hurricane listen
to yourself churn
C
World serves its own needs dummy serve your own
needs
G
Speed it up a notch speed grunt nose street burn
C
The
ladder starts to clatter with dinner fight down height
Bb
Wire in a fire
room represent the southern gangs
A
In a government for hire and a combat
site


(same as before}
Lefty wasn't coming in a hurry
With the furies
breathing down your neck
Team by team reporters grapple trunk tethered
crop
Look at that low plane fine then
Uh oh overflow population
cornered
But it'll do save yourself serve yourself
World serves its own
needs listen to your heartbeat
Tell me that the reds are in the reverend in
the right right?
You patriotic patriotic slam fight right might feeling
pretty psyched


G D Am
It's the end of the world as we know it
G D Am
It's the end
of the world as we know it
G D Am C C/B
It's the end of the world as we
know it and I feel fine

Six o'clock TV hour don't get caught foreign
tower
Slice and burn return listen to yourself churn lock him in
uniform
And book-burning blood-letting every motive escalate
Automotive
incinerate light a candle light a motive
Step down step down watching heel
crush crush
Uh oh this means no fear cavalier renegade steer clear
A
tournament a tournament a tournament of lies
Offer me solutions offer me
alternatives and I decline

It's the end of the world as we know
it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know
it
(It's time I had some time alone)
It's the end of the world as we know
it and I feel fine


G C G C G F
I feel fine I feel fine


The other night I drifted nice continental trip to find
Mount Saint
Edelite Leonard Bernstein
Leonid Brezhnev Lenny Bruce and Lester
Bangs
Birthday party cheesecake jellybeans boom
You symbiotic patriotic
slam foot neck right right
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Wave over Wave
(Great Big Sea)
Chords transcribed by Barry O'Brien


G
My name Able Rodgers, a shareman am I.
C G Am D
On a three masted
schooner from Twillingate Isle.
C G C
I've been the world over, north,
south, east and west.
G Am D
But the middle of knowhere's where I like's
it best.


(Chorus)
C G C G
Where it's wave over wave. Sea over bow.
C G Am
D
I'm as happy a man as the sea will allow.
C G
There's no other life
for a sailor like me.
C G Am D
Then to sail the salt sea boy. To sail the
sea.
C D G
There's no other life but to sail the salt sea.


Well I leave my wife lonely ten months of the year.
For she built me a
home and raised my children there.
She never come out to bid farewell to
me.
Or can why a sailor must sail the salt sea.


(Chorus)


Ah the work is hard and the hours are long.
But my spirit is willing my
back it is strong.
And when the works over the whisky will pour
We'll
dance with the girls upon some foreign shore.


(Instrumental)


I've sailed the world over for decades or more.
And oft times I wondered
what I do it for.
I don't know the answer it's pleasure and pain
But with
life to live over I'd do it again.


(Chorus X 2)




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When I'm Up

F C
I am the fountain of affection
F Am
I'm the instrument of joy
F C
to keep the good time rolling,
F G
I'm the boy, I'm the boy

F C
You know the world could be our oyster
F Am
If you put your trust in me
F C F G
We'll keep the good times rolling wait and see, wait and see
Am
Wait and see

G
There's exaltations, sweet disintegrations
F G
A few discolorations then it comes along
Am G
Up is why he chooses, the kisses and the bruises
F Am
There ain't nothing he refuses then it comes along
F C
It comes along and I am lifted
F C
It comes along and I am lifted
F G
I am lifted, I am lifted

Chorus

F C
When I'm up I can't get down
F G
Can't get down can't get level
F C
When I'm Up I can't get down
F G
Get my feet back on the ground
F C
When I'm up I can't get down
F G
Can't get down can't get level
F C
When I'm Up I can't get down
F G
Get my feet back on the ground

He just needs something to bind him
Something to wind him up
It won't take long to find him
When it comes on strong

Black skies a grinning, street lights are spinning
The night is just beginning, when it comes on strong
It comes on strong, and I am lifted
It comes on strong, and I am lifted
I am lifted, I am lifted

Chorus

Oh it comes on strong, and I am lifted.
It comes on strong, and I am lifted.
I am lifted, I am lifted!
Great Big Sea

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