#01722
Driftwood (Chris Hennessy) tabs, video
#248: YouTube video by kelticknots
©2007 ~ Used with permission ~

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Beneath the haloed moon he stands alone,
prayin' against the stars,
And the harbour held reflections
of the buildings and the bars,
As a ship sailed through the narrows
towards the oceans and the screech,
Looking for a harbour
like driftwood on a beach.

Driftwood comes in with the tide
and goes out with another,
To search the endless seas
to find a sister or a brother;
It comes from we know not whence
or where it's trying to reach,
Just like you and me,
it's just driftwood on a beach.

And out in the fading light,
the rain falls down upon a shining street,
Where the homeless and the hungry
will be on their midnight beat;
Their fate remains of no concern
to those they do beseech,
They're homeless wanderers
like driftwood on a beach.

Driftwood comes in with the tide
and goes out with another,
To search the endless seas
to find a sister or a brother;
It comes from we know not whence
or where it's trying to reach,
Just like you and me,
it's just driftwood on a beach.

And I will not believe that
we are all in some kind of jail,
From which there is no parole
or worthily bond or bail;
Because freedom was the lesson
that our fathers tried to teach,
Free to come and go
like driftwood on a beach.

Driftwood comes in with the tide
and goes out with another,
To search the endless seas
to find a sister or a brother;
It comes from we know not whence
or where it's trying to reach,
Just like you and me,
it's just driftwood on a beach.
Just like you and me,
it's driftwood on a beach.

####.... Chris Hennessy of Torbay, NL ....####
The variant in the video above features a live performance at Erin's Pub in St John's, NL, by Chris Hennessy with Dermot O'Reilly and Kelly Russell on the video Rigs, Jigs, And Songs From The Heart - A Musical Journey From Port Aux Basques To St John's produced in 1988 by Dermot O'Reilly [1942-2007], Piper Stock Productions and CBC Television with assistance from Telefilm Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

See more songs by Chris Hennessy.

From the Dictionary Of Newfoundland English:
Screech - popular name for a variety of cheap, dark Demerara rum bottled in Newfoundland; trade-name of a type of rum marketed with the label Screech.


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Capo 3rd Fret

Intro: [G] [Em] [D] [D7] [G]

Beneath the [D] hallowed moon he [C] stands alone,
[Am] prayin' against the [G] stars,
And the harbour held re- [Gmaj7] flections
of the [G7] buildings and the [C] bars,
As a ship sailed through the narrows
towards the [G] oceans and the [Em] screech,
Looking for a [D] harbour
like [D7] driftwood on a [G] beach.

Chorus:
[C] Driftwood comes in with the tide
and [G] goes out with another,
To [C] search the endless seas
to find a [G] sister or a [D] brother;
It [C] comes from we [Am] know not whence
or [G] where it's trying to [Em] reach,
[D] Just like you and me,
it's just [D7] driftwood on a [G] beach.

And out in the [D] fading light,
the [C] rain falls down up-
[Am] on a shining [G] street,
Where the homeless and the [Gmaj7] hungry
will be [G7] on their midnight [C] beat;
Their fate remains of no concern
of [G] those they do be- [Em] seech,
They're homeless [D] wanderers
like [D7] driftwood on a [G] beach.

Chorus:
[C] Driftwood comes in with the tide
and [G] goes out with another,
To [C] search the endless seas
to find a [G] sister or a [D] brother;
It [C] comes from we [Am] know not whence
or [G] where it's trying to [Em] reach,
[D] Just like you and me,
it's just [D7] driftwood on a [G] beach.

And I will [D] not believe that
[C] we are all in [Am] some kind of [G] jail,
From which there is [Gmaj7] no parole
or [G7] worthily bond or [C] bail;
Because freedom was the lesson
that our [G] fathers tried to [Em] teach,
Free to [D] come and go
like [D7] driftwood on a [G] beach.

Chorus:
[C] Driftwood comes in with the tide
and [G] goes out with another,
To [C] search the endless seas
to find a [G] sister or a [D] brother;
It [C] comes from we [Am] know not whence
or [G] where it's trying to [Em] reach,
[D] Just like you and me,
it's just [D7] driftwood on a [G] beach.

Outro:
[D] Just like you and me,
it is [D7] driftwood on a [G] beach. [C] [G] [D] [G]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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