{define F#dim base-fret 1 frets x x 1 2 1 2}

[C]Went to see the ca[G]ptain[F],  [F#dim] strangest I could [C]find,
laid my[E] propo[F]sition down,[Em]    [Dm] laid it on the [G]line.
I won't slave for [F]beggar's pa[C]y,  [Em] likewise gold and [Dm]jewels,
[F]but I would slave to [C]learn the way to [G]sink your [F]ship of [C]fools.

   Ship of [G]fools on a [F]cruel [C]sea,
   ship of [G]fools sail a[F]way from [Am]me.
   It was later than I thought [F#dim]when I first believed you,
   now I [Dm]cannot share your [G]laughter,[F] ship of [C]fools.

Saw your first ship sink and drown, from rockin' of the boat,
and all that could not sink or swim was just left there to float.
I won't leave you driftin' down, but whoa it makes me wild,
with thirty years upon my head to have you call me child.


The bottles stand as empty, as they were filled before.
Time there was and plenty, but from that cup no more
Though I could not caution all, I still might warn a few
Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools.


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