#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.

See more songs by Kelly Russell.

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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