The Downeaster “Alexa“    (video)    (midi)


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1. Well I'm on the DowneasterAlexa”,

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    and I'm cruising through Block Island Sound,

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    I have chartered a course to the Vineyard,

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    but tonight I am Nantucket bound.


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    We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday,

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    and left this morning from the bell in Gardiner's Bay.

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    Like all the locals here I've had to sell my home,

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    too proud to leave, I worked my fingers to the bone.


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2. So I could own my DowneasterAlexa”,

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    and I go where the ocean is deep.

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    There are giants out there in the canyons.

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    and a good captain can't fall asleep.


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    I got bills to pay and children who need clothes,

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    I know there's fish out there, but where, God only knows.

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    They say these waters aren't what they used to be,

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    but I've got people back on land who count on me.


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3. So when you see my DowneasterAlexa”,

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    and if you work with the rod and the reel,

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    tell my wife I am trolling Atlantis,

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    and I still have my hands on the wheel. - - -


+  Am - G - Am     - Am - G - Am (3x)


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4. Now I drive my DowneasterAlexa”,

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    more and more miles from shore ev'ry year,

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    since they told me I can't sell no stripers,

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    and there's no luck in sword fishing here.


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    I was a bayman like my father was before,

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    can't make a living as a bayman anymore.

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    There ain't much future for a man who works the sea,

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    but there ain't no island left for islanders like me.


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+  Ya, ya, ya,         yo  !  (4x)


    (Billy Joel)