Wooden Ships

Words & Music:

David Crosby


[basic riff for verses:]    Em7    Am    FM7


If you smile at me, I will understand.

'Cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.


I can see by your coat, my friend, you're from the other side.

There's just one thing I've got to know:

Can you tell me, please, who won?


Say, can I have some of your purple berries?

Yes, I've been eating them for six or seven weeks, now.

Haven't got sick once; probably keep us both alive.


Em                         G  A D

Wooden ships on the water, very free, and easy.

Easy, you know the way it's supposed to be.

Silver people on the shoreline let us be.

Em            G  A C         Em7  Am  FM7

Talking 'bout very free, and easy


Horror grips us as we watch you die.

All we can do is echo your anguished cries.

Stare as all human feelings die.

We are leaving, you don't need us.


Go take a sister, then, by the hand

Lead her away from this foreign land.

Far away, where we might laugh again.

We are leaving, you don't need us.


And it's a fair wind blowin' warm out of the south over my shoulder.


Guess I'll set a course and go...



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