Wooden Ships Chords

Wooden Ships chords

Wooden Ships Chords

Wooden Ships is a song written by Paul Kantner, David Crosby, and Stephen Stills, and initially performed by the folk-rock band Jefferson Airplane. The song was first released in 1969 on the album Volunteers. The song was inspired by a conversation between Kantner and Crosby, who had been discussing the possibility of escaping the Vietnam War draft by sailing to Canada on a wooden boat.

The lyrics to the song are ambiguous and open to interpretation, but the general message focuses on the need for freedom and peace. Musically, the song features a combination of folk, rock, and psychedelic elements. The instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and drums, as well as subtle electric guitar, keyboard, and organ parts.

The vocal harmonies are mainly provided by Crosby and Kantner, although Stills also contributes background vocals. Wooden Ships has been covered by numerous artists, including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, David Bowie, and the Grateful Dead. The song has also been used in several films and television shows, including Forrest Gump (1994), The Simpsons (2010), and Stranger Things (2016).

Wooden Ships Guitar Chords

Em9      Am9      Cadd9

D A G  Em

Em7  Am9
Em7                Am9
If you smile at me I will understand
Because that is something
Em7                              Am9  Em7          Am9  Em7  Am9
Everybody everywhere does in the same language
Em7                                        Am9
I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side
There's just one thing I've got to know
Am9                   Em7            Am9
Can you tell me please, who won'

Say, can I have some of your purple berries'
Am9                           Em7
Yes, I've been eating them for six or seven weeks now
Haven't got sick once
Em7         Am9
Probably keep us both alive


Em                        D  A  D
Wooden ships on the water, ve-ry free, and easy
Em                            D     A  D
Easy, you know the way it's supposed to be
Em                            D   A  D
Silver people on the shoreline let us be
Cadd9          Em9   Am9
Talkin 'bout very free, and easy
Em                    D     A   D
Horror grips us as we watch you die
Em                         D A       D
All we can do is echo your anguished cries
Em                 D  A     D
Stare as all human feelings die
Cadd9              Em9	  Am9	 Em9	Am9
We are leaving, you don't need us

SOLO (play verse chords)
Em                      D  A   D
Go take a sister, then, by the hand
Em                      D  A    D
Lead her away from this foreign land
Em                       D     A D
Far away, where we might laugh a-gain
We are leaving, you don't need us

Em9	Am9	Em9	Am9	Em9	Am9	Em9	Am9

And it's a fair wind
Am9                                   Em9	Am9
Blowin' warm out of the south over my shoulder
Em9                 Am9	Em9
Guess I'll set a course and go