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The Dutchman

(Michael Smith)

Verse 1:   
The Dutchman's not the kind of man   
To keep his thumb jammed in the dam   
That holds his dreams in,   
G                             C                 
But that's a secret that only Margaret knows.   
When Amsterdam is golden in the summer,   
Margaret brings him breakfast,   
She believes him.   
G                           C   
He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow.   

            F              G             C         C B   Am   
He's mad as he can be, but Margaret only sees that sometimes,   
              F               G               C   
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes.   

F Em Let us go to the banks of the ocean, F G C Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee. Dm A G C C B Am Long ago, I used to be a young man F G C And dear Margaret remembers that for me.
Verse 2 C The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes; His cap and coat are patched with the love Dm That Margaret sewed there. G C Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam. C He watches tug-boats down canals, Dm Calls out to them when he thinks he knows the captain, G C Till Margaret comes to take him home again, Dm G C C C B Am A Through unforgiving streets that trip him, though she holds his arm. F G C Sometimes he thinks he's alone and he calls her name. Chorus Verse 3 C The winter whirls the windmills 'round; She winds his muffler tighter Dm And they sit in the kitchen. G C Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew. C He sees her for a moment, calls her name, Dm She makes the bed up singing some old love song, G C A song Margaret learned when it was very new. Dm G C C C B Am He hums a line or two, they sing together in the dark. F G C The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out. Chorus

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