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A Sailor's Christmas

Jimmy Buffett

from the album Christmas Island released in 1996

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Lyrics

Intro

| Am . . . | C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | (x2)

Verse

G C Sail on the horizon's got a landfall rendezvous G C Captain steers a well-known course, he steers it straight and true F C F G As he trims the sheets he sings a song he learned on boats and bars F C G C A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor 'neath the stars G C He's traveled through the doldrums, typhoons and hurricanes G C He's logged a million soggy miles with water on his brain F C F G But Christmas is the season better suited for dry land F C G C He'll tell some lies, meet some spies, and dance barefoot in the sand

Chorus

Am Em F G A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor on the hook F C F C F G Ka-lee, ko-lay... no work today, let's shelve the old log book F C F G The waterfront is reveling, the season has begun F C G C A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor having fun G C There's a party down at Le Selecte... all music, rum, and cheers G C The faces in the shadows, God, I haven't seen for years F C F G The mast and shroud are filled with lights 'neath the waning of the moon F C G C There's an air of celebration in the realm of King Neptune Am Em F G A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor on the hook F C F C F G Ka-lee, ko-lay... no work today, let's shelve the old log book F C F G The waterfront is reveling, the season has begun F C G Am A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor having fun [Am on "fun"] [intro chords x2] G C Jesus was a fisherman who walked upon the sea G C The North Pole is the ocean's remote rose and balcony F C F G The continents keep drifting but the children sing and play F C G C 'Cause nothing really matters, after all its Christmas day Am Em F G A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor on the hook F C F C F G Ka-lee, ko-lay... no work today, let's shelve the old log book F C F G The waterfront is reveling, the season has begun F C G C A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor having fun F C G Am A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor having fun (...having fun ...having fun ...having fun ...having fun) [finish with intro chords/riff]

Notes & Tabs

Here is how to play the intro with the instrumental riff. All you have to do is bridge the 1st fret of the high E-strong with your index finger. Your index finger can actually remain on the C note (2nd string / 1st fret) the entire time.

Also... when playing the Am chord with the riff, it sounds better if you don't play the E note (4th string), as it creates heavy dissonance with the riff's F-note (which is not very Christmas-like).

e-|-----1--1--0-0----1--1--0-0-----1--1--0-0—-(0)--  <-- use index finger
B-|-----1--1--1-1----1--1--1-1-----1--1--1-1—-(1)--
G-|-----2--2--2-2----0--0--0-0-----2--2--2-2—-(0)--
D-|------------------------------3------------(2)--  <-- use ring finger on F
A-|--0-------------3---------------------------3---  <-- use ring finger on C
E-|------------------------------------------------
     Am            C             F             C

Chord Progressions

Intro

| Am . . . | C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | (x2)

Verse

"Sail on the horizon's got a landfall rendezvous..."
| G . . . | . . . . | C . . . | . . . . | 
| G . . . | . . . . | C . . . | . . . . |
| F . . . | C . . . | F . . . | G . . . |
| F . . . | C . . . | G . . . | C . . . |

Chorus

"A sailor spends his Christmas in a harbor on the hook..."
| Am . . . | Em . . . | F . . . | G . . . |
| F  . C . | F  . C . | F . . . | G . . . |
| F  . . . | C  . . . | F . . . | G . . . |
| F  . . . | C  . . . | G . . . | C . . . |

Song Info

Song: A Sailor's Christmas
Artist: Jimmy Buffett
Album: Christmas Island
Year: 1996
Label: Geffen

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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