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Fight the Sea

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Rotting driftwood on the foreign shores
Spilling out into the ocean floor
And the memory's all you left without a trace

Paralyzed with the thoughts receeding
The current sweeps you with its silent bleeding
Through the heart into the darkest place

    Turn around, there's nothing to see here
    Run away, no reason to be here
    It's the ghost who never goes away

    Turn around, and leave this behind now
    See the ground as it bleeds into sky now
    You fight the sea, you're always going to drown

All the secrets that you're holding
All the memories you hide
All the frail thoughts that echo in the corners of your mind

They won't even last a moment
The will soon be swept away
When the ocean takes you in its arms and carries you away

You carry all your burdens on the cross around your neck
You take whatever's left that you salvage from the wreck
And that haunted past will follow you like a lost dog on the beach
Nipping at your trail till you've drifted out of reach

    Turn around, there's nothing to see here
    Run away, no reason to be here
    It's the ghost who never goes away

    Turn around, and leave this behind now    
    See the ground as it bleeds into sky now
    You fight the sea, you're always going to drown

The broken-line horizon and the castles made of sand
You tried to hold it in your hand, you tried to understand it

But the ocean asks the questions, and it holds the answers too
It dissolves away the lies about the things you thought you knew

Tablature

Tuning: FFCFAbC (the lower string is an octave below the second string). 

Intro (H5 means harmonic on 5th fret):

----------H7----------H7----------H7--H5--
------------H5----------H7----------H5----
--------H5----------H5----------H5--------
------H5----------H5----------H5----------
------------------------------------------
-0-------------0-----------0--------------

First Verse:
----0----0--   --0--0--
----0----0--   --9--7--
----7----5--   --0--0--
---5----7---   --8--7--
--0----0----   --x--x--
------------   --8--7--

----0----0--   --0--0--0--0---
----0----0--   --9--7--9--11--
----7----5--   --0--0--0--0---
---5----7---   --8--7--8--10--
--0----0----   --x--x--x--x---
------------   --8--7--8--10--

Chorus:
--0---0---0---0--
--0---0---0---8--
--7---5---3---7--
--5---3---1---0--
--0---0---0---x--
--0---0---0---7--

--0---0---0---0--
--0---0---0---0--
--7---5---5---3--
--5---3---2---1--
--0---0---0---0--
--0---0---0---0--


Second Verse:
------0-------0-------0-----0--
------0-------0-------0-----5--
------7-------5-------7-----5--
------5-------3-------5-----5--
--0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0--
--0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0--

------0-------0---0-0--0--0---
------0-------0---0-0--0--0---
------7-------5---8-8-10-10---
------5-------3---8-8-10-10---
--0-0-0---0-0-0---8-8-10-10---
--0-0-0---0-0-0---8-8-10-10---


"You carry all your burdens.."
--0---0---0---0--
--4---0---9---7--
--3---0---0---0--
--0---0---8---7--
--3---0---x---x--
--3---0---8---7--

--0---0---0---0---
--4---0---9---11--
--3---0---0---0---
--0---0---8---10--
--3---0---x---x---
--3---0---8---10--

"Broken line horizon.."
--0---0---0---0--------------------------0-0--
--9---7---9---11----H12-11-----H12-11----9-8--
--0---0---0---0-----H12---10---H12---10--8-8--
--8---7---8---10----H12--------H12-------8-8--
--x---x---x---x----0----------0----------8-8--
--8---7---8---10---0----------0----------8-8--

Ending:
---------------------------0-0-----0-0--
---H12-11-----H12-11-------9-8-----9-8--
---H12---10---H12---10--8--8-8--8--8-8--
---H12--------H12-------8--8-8--8--8-8--
--0----------0----------8--8-8--8--8-8--
--0----------0----------8--8-8--8--8-8--

----------------------------------10-H12------
----9-11-12-11-9--------------11-H12----------
--10------------10--8--------H12----------H5--
--10----------------8-------H12----------H5---
--10----------------8----0-H12----------H5----
--10----------------8----0--------------------

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  Discussion: Fight the Sea

Teresa (anon) · 7 years, 3 months ago
I really 'like' (like is the wrong word but the one I'm looking for escapes me) this song, particularly the melody of the "Turn around" parts.

That's all.
Kim Abbott (anon) · 4 years, 8 months ago

This is easily my favorite song by you. I think I put it on repeat for hours once I heard it the first time. There's just something about it I guess I identify with.

Akane Keiko (anon) · 3 years, 11 months ago
Hi! My name is Akane Keiko from Brazil.I composed some songs in portuguese and sometimes in english too.I really like your job, and someday I wish to make a version for my own language if you agree. Congratulations for your songs.Merry Christmas for you! akane_keiko@hotmail.com
Josh Woodward Back · 3 years, 11 months ago

Hey Akane! Absolutely, I'd be honored. Let me know if you do; I'd love to hear!

Magda (anon) · 3 years, 10 months ago
Wow, what an amazing song. I've been listening to it all day long and still can't get enough. The lyrics mean so much to it and the singing will not get out of my head for a while. Absolutely love your stuff.. Keep it up and thanks for the chords.
Justyna (anon) · 2 years, 3 months ago
So powerful, and so rock-y ! GREAT COMPOSITION.
Dianne (anon) · 2 years ago
"Fight the Sea" is still a personal favorite of mine. When I listen to a song, I tend to be curious about what elements factored into its writing. In the case of this song, there is melancholy with the hint of something better once the storm is over. I won't ask for the story beyond it, but I will say that it is a classic. Thanks for all the awesome tunes!
SirStriped (anon) · 1 year, 9 months ago
I just wanted to know that this is an amazing song and I am planning to use it in my 18th birthday special CoD kills montage video. It really sounds good and if I used itunes I would pay for this song 10 times over. I really like that you let anyone use them for free as long as they give you credit. I just hope you make money from this because you deserve to.

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