Wooden Ships Uke tab by Jefferson Airplane

8 Chords used in the song: Em, Am7, Fmaj7, Am, D, A, G, Cmaj7

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Em Em   Am7 Am7   Fmaj7 Fmaj7   x  8

Em Em Am Am Fmaj7 Fmaj7
If you smile at me you know I will understand

Em Em
Cause that is something everybody everywhere does

Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7 Em Em Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7 Em Em Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7
In the same language

Em Em Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7
I can see by your coat my friend that you're from the other side

Em Em
There's just one thing I got to know

Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7 Em Em Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7
Can you tell me please who won

Em Em Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7

Em Em
You must try some of my purple berries

Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7 Em Em
I been eating them for six or seven weeks now

Am7 Am7 Fmaj7 Fmaj7
Haven't got sick once

Em Em D D A A G G
Probably keep us both alive

Em Em G G A A D D

Em Em D D A A G G

Cmaj7 Cmaj7

Em Em G G A A D D
Wooden ships on the water very free and easy

Em Em G G A A D D
Easy you know the way it's supposed to be

Em Em G G A A D D
Silver people on the shoreline leave us be

Cmaj7 Cmaj7
Very free and easy

Em Em Am7 Am7 Em Em Am7 Am7
Sail away where the mornin sun goes high

Em Em Am7 Am7 Em Em Am7 Am7
Sail away where the wind blows sweet and young birds fly

Em Em G G A A D D
Take a sister by her hand

Em Em G G A A D D G G D D
Lead her far from this barren land

Em Em G G A A D D
Horror grips us as we watch you die

Em Em G G A A D D
All we can do is echo your anguished cry and

Em Em G G A A D D
Stare as all your human feelings die

Cmaj7 Cmaj7
We are leaving

Em Em Am7 Am7
You don't need us

Em Em Am7 Am7 x2

Em Em G G A A D D
Go and take a sister by her hand

Em Em G G A A D D
Lead her far from this foreign land

Em Em G G A A D D
Somewhere where we might laugh again

Cmaj7 Cmaj7
We are leaving

Em Em Am7 Am7
You don't need us

Em Em Am7 Am7 x2

Em Em G G A A D D
Sailing ships on the water very free and easy

Em Em G G A A D D
Easy you know the way it's supposed to be

Em Em G G A A D D
Silver people on the shoreline leave us be

Cmaj7 Cmaj7
Very free

Em Em Am7 Am7
And gone

Em Em Am7 Am7 x2

Em Em G G A A D D x3

Em Em Am7 Am7 x8

 

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About this song

"Wooden Ships" is composed by David Crosby, lyrics by Stephen Stills and Paul Kantner in the late 1969, on Crosby's boat in Florida. It was released on the album Volunteers, the same year. It was controversial at the time because of anti-war message. The song depicts the horrors confronting the survivors of a nuclear holocaust in which the two sides have annihilated each other. A man from one side stumbles upon a man from the other side and asks him "Who won?" To stay alive, they share berries that have presumably not been poisoned by radiation.