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The Sinking Of The Reuben James Chords

(Version #1)
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[Verse 1]
G                                   D7          G
Have you heard of a ship callеd the good Reuben Jamеs
                                    D7           G
Manned by hard fighting men both of honor and of fame?
                                       C           G
She flew the Stars and Stripes for the Land of the Free
                                      D7            G
But tonight she's in her grave at the bottom of the sea
 
 
[Chorus]
                                         C
Tell me, what were their names? Tell me, what were their names?
    D7                       C           G
Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?
                               C
What were their names, tell me what were their names?
    D7                                   G
Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?
 
 
[Verse 2]
G                               D7          G
It was there in the dark of that uncertain night
                                    D7             G
That we watched for the U-boats and waited for the fight
                              C               G
Then a whine and a rock and a great explosion roar
                                       D7         G
And they laid the Reuben James on that cold ocean floor
 
 
[Verse 3]
G                                    D7           G
One hundred men were drowned in that dark watery grave
                                    D7              G
When that good ship went down, only forty four were saved
                                     C               G
Twas the last day of October that we saved the forty four
                                D7           G
From the cold icy water off the cold Iceland shore.
 
[Verse 4]
G                                    D7        G
Now tonight there are lights in our country so bright.
                                     D7              G
In the farms and the cities they are telling of this fight.
                                 C                 G
Now our mighty battleships will steam the bounding main
                             D7           G
And remember the name of the good Reuben James.
 
 
[Chorus]
                                         C
Tell me, what were their names? Tell me, what were their names?
    D7                       C           G
Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?
                               C
What were their names, tell me what were their names?
    D7                                   G
Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?
 
 
[Verse 5]
G                                  D7            C
Many years have passed since these brave men are gone
                               D7           C
Those cold icy waters now are still and are gone
                           C              G
Many years have passed but still I wonder why
                                     D7               C
The worst of men must fight, and the best of men must die
 
 
[Chorus]
                                         C
Tell me, what were their names? Tell me, what were their names?
    D7                       C           G
Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?
                               C
What were their names, tell me what were their names?
    D7                                   G
Did you have a friend on the good Reuben James?
            
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