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MandolinPaul Chords Req: The Dutchman (Michael Smith) (14) Lyr Add: THE DUTCHMAN (from Steve Goodman) 30 Jan 00


From the liner notes of Steve Goodman's Unfinished Business:

The Dutchman's not the kind of man
Who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam that holds his dreams in
But that's a secret only Margaret knows
When Amsterdam is golden in the summer
Margaret brings him breakfast and she believes him
He thinks tulips bloom beneath the snow
He's mad as he can be
But Margaret only sees that sometimes
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes

CHORUS:
Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above Zuyderzée
Long ago i used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me

The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes
His cap and coat are patched with the love that Margaret sewed there
Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam
He watches tug boats down canals
And calls out to them when he thinks he knows the captain
And Margaret comes to take him home again
Through the unforgiving streets that trip him though she holds his arm
Sometimes he thinks he's alone and he calls her name
Chorus

The winter whirls the windmills 'round
She winds his muffler tighter
They sit in the kitchen
Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew
Then he sees her for a moment; he calls her name
And she makes the bed up singing some old love song
She learned it when the song was very new
He hums a line or two
They hum together in the dark
The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candles out
Chorus
[already in DT]


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