Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Gordon Lightfoot (1976)



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[A] | [Em] | [G] [D] | [A] | [G] | [D] | [A] | [A]

The [A] legend lives on from the [Em] Chippewa on down
Of the [G] big lake they [D] called Gitche [A] Gumee [A]
The [A] lake, it is said, never [Em] gives up her dead
When the [G] skies of [D] November turn [A] gloomy [A]

With a [A] load of iron ore twenty-six [Em] thousand tons more
Than the [G] Edmund Fitz- [D] gerald weighed [A] empty [A]
That [A] good ship and true was a [Em] bone to be chewed
When the [G] gales of No- [D] vember came [A] early [A]

The [A] ship was the pride of the A- [Em] merican side
Coming [G] back from some [D] mill in Wis- [A] consin
As the [A] big freighters go, it was [Em] bigger than most
With a [G] crew and good [D] captain well [A] seasoned

Con- [A] cluding some terms with a [Em] couple of steel firms
When they [G] left fully [D] loaded for [A] Cleveland
And [A] later that night when the [Em] ship's bell rang
Could it [G] be the north [D] wind they'd been [A] feelin?

[A] | [Em] | [G] [D] | [A] | [A]

The [A] wind in the wires made a [Em] tattle-tale sound
And a [G] wave broke [D] over the [A] railing [A]
And [A] every man knew, as the [Em] captain did too
'Twas the [G] witch of No- [D] vember come [A] stealin [A]

The [A] dawn came late and the [Em] breakfast had to wait
When the [G] gales of No- [D] vember came [A] slashing
When [A] afternoon came it was [Em] freezing rain
In the [G] face of a [D] hurricane [A] west wind

[A] | [Em] | [G] [D] | [A] | [G] | [D] | [A] | [A]

When [A] suppertime came, the old [Em] cook came on deck saying
[G] Fellas, it's [D] too rough to [A] feed ya [A]
At [A] seven p.m. a main [Em] hatchway caved in, he said
[G] Fellas, it's [D] been good to [A] know ya [A]

The [A] captain wired in he had [Em] water coming in
And the [G] good ship and [D] crew was in [A] peril
And [A] later that night when his [Em] lights went outta sight
Came the [G] wreck of the [D] Edmund Fitz- [A] gerald

[A] | [Em] | [G]   [D] | [A] | [G] | [D] | [A] | [A]

Does [A] anyone know where the [Em] love of God goes
When the [G] waves turn the [D] minutes to [A] hours? [A]
The [A] searchers all say they'd have [Em] made Whitefish Bay
If they'd [G] put fifteen [D] more miles be- [A] hind her [A]

They [A] might have split up or they [Em] might have capsized
They [G] may have broke [D] deep and took [A] water
And [A] all that remains is the [Em] faces and the names
Of the [G] wives and the [D]sons and the [A] daughters

[A] | [Em] | [G] [D] | [A] | [G] | [D] | [A] | [A]

[A] Lake Huron rolls, Su- [Em] perior sings
In the [G] rooms of her [D] ice-water [A] mansion
Old [A] Michigan steams like a [Em] young man's dreams
The [G] islands and [D] bays are for [A] sportsmen [A]

And [A] farther below Lake On- [Em] tario
Takes [G] in what Lake [D] Erie can [A] send her
And the [A] iron boats go as the [Em] mariners all know
With the [G] gales of No- [D] vember re- [A] membered

[A] | [Em] | [G] [D] | [A] | [G] | [D] | [A] | [A]

In a [A] musty old hall in De- [Em] troit they prayed
In the [G] maritime [D] sailors ca- [A] thedral [A]
The [A] church bell chimed till it rang [Em] twenty-nine times
For each [G] man on the [D] Edmund Fitz- [A] gerald [A]

The [A] legend lives on from the [Em] Chippewa on down
Of the [G] big lake they [D] call Gitche [A] Gumee [A]
Su- [A] perior, they said, never [Em] gives up her dead
When the [G] gales of No- [D] vember come [A] early!

[A] | [Em] | [G] [D] | [A] | [G] | [D] | [A] | [A↓]


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