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CALYPSO (Suzanne Vega)


[It's a judgement call as to whether the E7's are actually E's or E7's.
 And it doesn't really matter.]
[For the "I let him go" parts at the ends of the verses, play as many
 E - E7sus4 sequences as is necessary...]
[A7(6)sus4 = x04030; A(4) = x00220; F#m7(4) = 202200.]
[Capo 3.]

E7  E7sus4  E7  E7sus4   E7  E7sus4  E7  E7sus4

E7         E7sus4         E7             E7sus4
  My name is Calypso, and I have lived alone
E7              E7sus4     E7        E7sus4
  I live on an island, and I 'waken to the dawn
A           A7/6sus4   A                   A7/6sus4
Long time ago,       I watched him struggle with the sea
E7             E7sus4         E7                 E7sus4
  I knew that he was drowning, and I brought him in to me
Asus4    Asus4    A(4)    A(4)
  Now today, come morning light
C         Cmaj7     F#m7(4)   F#m7(4)    E      E7sus4  E          E7sus4
He sails away; after       one       last night,      I let him go

My name is Calypso; my garden overflows
Thick and wild and hidden is the sweetness there that grows
My hair, it blows long as I sing into the wind
I tell of nights where I could taste the salt on his skin
Salt of the waves and of tears
And though he pulled away, I kept him here for years
Now I let him go

[Guitar solo: same chords as one verse, but for all the E - E7sus4 parts,
 just play it like the "I let him go" parts at the end of the verses.]

My name is Calypso; I have let him go
In the dawn he sails away to be gone forever more
And the waves will take him in again, but he'll know their ways know
I will stand upon the shore with a clean heart and my song in the wind
The sand will sting my feet and the sky will burn
It's a lonely time ahead; I do not ask him to return; I let him go
I let him go

- transcribed by Adam Schneider,

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