Am                                 Em
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who sings
       F                              E
Of the dreams that he brings from the wide open sea
       Am                          Em
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who sleeps
          Dm         E     Am
While the river bank weeps to the old willow tree
       C                           G          E
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who dies
        Am                  Em                E
Full of beer, full of cries in a drunken town fight
       F                           E
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who's born
     Dm        E           Am
On a hot muggy morn by the dawn's early light


       Am                          Em
In the port of Amsterdam where the sailors all meet
          F                    E
There's a sailor who eats only fish heads and tails
          Am                           Em
And he'll show you his teeth that have rotted too soon
         Dm          E              Am
That can haul up the sails that can swallow the moon
       C                          G         E
And he yells to the cook with his arms open wide
     Am                          Em         E
Hey, bring me more fish throw it down by my side
       F                          E
And he wants so to belch but he's too full to try
      Dm            E             Am
So he stands up and laughs and he zips up his fly

       Am                        Em
In the port of Amsterdam you can see sailors dance
         F                             E
Paunches bursting their pants grinding women to porch
           Am                         Em
They've forgotten the tune that their whiskey voice croaked
Dm            E              Am
Splitting the night with the roar of their jokes
         C                            G              E
And they turn and they dance and they laugh and they lust
         Am                    Em      E
Till the rancid sound of the accordion bursts
         F                           E
And then out of the night with their pride in their pants
        Dm              E        Am
And the sluts that they tow underneath the street lamps

       Am                          Em
In the port of Amsterdam there's a sailor who drinks
       F                           E
And he drinks and he drinks and he drinks once again
      Am                         Em
He'll drink to the health of the whores of Amsterdam
       Dm          E           Am
Who've given their bodies to a thousand other men
              C                            G            E
Yeah, they've bargained their virtue their goodness all gone
      Am                      Em            E
For a few dirty coins well he just can't go on
           F                      E
Throws his nose to the sky and he aims it up above
       Dm            E          Am
And he pisses like I cry on the unfaithful love
       Am                        Em               F  E  Am  E  Am
In the port of Amsterdam, in the port of Amsterdam

F        133211
E        022100
Am       X02210
Dm       XX0231
C        332010
G        320033
Em       022000

WILLA 10/4/2005 - 23:39:16
EMILIANO http://emon.altervista.org ICQ 313875072 emilianom80@hotmail.com 31/1/2005 - 14:52:35
The way Bowied used to play this song is much better than the Brel one. I think this is more harrowing. Great songs, right chords. Thanks!
KALLE LIND ICQ 17255825 27/7/2003 - 2:04:56
gaaah, your chords doesn´t show. I´m drunk and felling sad, need to play some. Oh well... life goes on. a hug to you for yor site, saves my nights quite often. /k
RAZIEL ARCANUM www.nosgoth.co.uk ICQ 156853815 9/1/2003 - 20:23:42
Johnny -- Halfway through strumming some of the chords, try switching to a 7th and back again (i.e. go Am Am7 Am Em F E E7 E) to achieve some twiddly bits of a sort. ZL -- You are the most fantastic tabber on this site! Thank you so much for all of your tabs. Keep up the good work.
GOTTSKALK 22/10/2002 - 11:33:29
Been looking for someone out there for some years who liked this song enough to put chords to it, easy but still a necessity. Thank you
NIGEL www.lovebolt.co.uk/show_song.php?id=196 9/10/2002 - 16:35:07
thanx i quite enjoy this song
JUICE 7/10/2002 - 18:47:12
Hey Jacques! You think this song is bad?-Listen to "Moon of Alabama" that really stinks.
JOHNNY SWAMPSNAKE 23/8/2002 - 16:14:25
Are you sure you've got all the chords? Surely, there are extra dimensions to the chords once the song starts, e.g. after the Em and the E there are extra little bits added?
MARDELL 23/7/2002 - 1:20:03
as a cover, 2nd only to 'wild is the wind' seeing how much bowie enjoyed and brilliantly executed this song on the last of the stardust tours, moves it to a higher level. lyrically transcendant, musically fitting.
MIKE 17/7/2002 - 6:22:35
Actually, I have just recently heard this tune and think it is a great acoustic piece.thanks for the the chords( and esp. lyrics) even if is really simple to figure out.
JACQUES 23/5/2002 - 21:02:54
Undoubtedly one of the more terrible, incredible sonds ever bestowed on the English lang. First time hearing it was pure trauma.
OZTIA 19/4/2002 - 12:00:22
a tomar por culo
ROB 14/12/2001 - 20:29:25
This is a very good song to play. This was the first song i could play perfectly. Try it out!
MARTIN KENNEDY 25/9/2001 - 20:59:15
I Love this since I heard it on the BBC Sessions. I saw a band called the Moors do a great version in Finnegans Wake in Edinburgh over the weekend. Check it out sometime.
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