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(Ode to the) Schooner "Virginia"

From Horizons

Music and lyrics © 2002, 2010 Bob Zentz

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Intro:  D-A-F#m-D-A-E-A

 

1.  Between Cape Charles and Cape Henry at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay  (A-E-A-D-A)

I spied a sailing vessel, from the dawn of a younger day  (D-E-A-F#m-A-D-E)

Schooner rigged and ridin’ the wind, out where the dolphins play!  (A-E-A-D-E-A)

And her trailboard read "Virginia", but “what’s a schooner, anyway?”  (D-E-A-F#m-A-E-A)

 

2.  Way back, in old New England, in seventeen-thirteen  (A-E-A-D-A)

A sailing craft, rigged fore and aft, for all the world was seen  (D-E-A-F#m-A-D-E)

“Oh, how-she-scoons!” (someone exclaimed), “she sails so fast and free”  (A-D-E-A)

Sez the builder, Andrew Robinson, “Then, a ‘scoon-er,’ let her be!”  (D-E-A-F#m-A-E-A)

 

     So here’s to the schooner "Virginia"  (A-E-A)

     May she skip like a stone o’er the waves  (D-A)

     With fair winds and a song, she goes sailin' along  (D-E-A-F#m)

     On the waters of Chesapeake Bay  (A-E-A)

 

3.  Now, some of ‘em "coasted" cargos, some were privateers, they say    (A-E-A-D-A)

And some, they raced, with pilots, bound for ships at the mouth of the bay  (D-E-A-D-E)
To navigate the sandbars and shoals, for the ports along the shore  (A-E-A-F#m-D-E-A)
Men who knew every channel-marker and buoy from Norfolk to Baltimore  (D-E-A-F#m-A-E-A)  (chorus)


4.  Out on the Elizabeth River, there comes down the ways, once again  (A-E-A-D-A)
A traditional pilot schooner and "Virginia" is her name  (D-E-A-D-E)
Tall ship for the Old Dominion, icon of our maritime past  (A-E-A-D-A)
Filled with lessons to learn, from her stem to her stern, from the keel to the top of her masts  (D-E-A-F#m-D-E-A)

  (chorus)  (line 3:  D-A-F#m)

 

 

Instrumental:

(A-E-A-D-A)

(D-E-A-F#m-A-E)

(A-D-A)

(D-E-A-F#m-A-E-A)

 


5.  So here’s to the wood, wind and water, here’s to the builders and crew 
(A-E-A-D-A)
And here’s to "Elizabeth’s Daughter," moored ‘tween the old and the new
  (D-E-A-F#m-A-D-E)
And here’s to ya, Schooner "Virginia," closehauled or running free
  (A-E-A-D-E-A)
Navigatin’ the shoals, as the future unfolds, on "fair winds and a following sea"  
  (D-E-A-F#m-A-E-A)  (chorus)

 

 

     With fair winds and a song, she goes sailin' along  (D-E-A-F#m)

     The waters of Chesapeake Bay  (A-E-A)

 

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