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Guy Clark - Immigrant Eyes (Chord)
Album: Old Friends (1989)
Submitter: Hollywood_Ady (0) on 8/25/11
Month Views: 42 | Total Views: 2,592
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G
Oh Ellis Island was swarming     
       C          Em    Am 	 
Like a scene from a costume ball      
       D
Decked out in the colors of Europe       
       C           D        G
And on fire with the hope of it all
         G
There my father's own father stood huddled         
         C         Em     Am
With the tired and hungry and scared
D
Turn of the century pilgrims
C            D               G
Bound by the dream that they shared
 
          G
They were standing in lines just like cattle
C 	   Em         Am
Poked and sorted and shoved
          D
Some were one desk away from sweet freedom
 	   C 	     D            G
Some were torn from someone they loved
             G
Through this sprawling tower of babel
       C 	  Em 	       Am
Came a young man confused and alone
  D
Determined and bound for America
    C             D             G
And carryin' everything that he owned


--- CHORUS ---


    C                                              G
Sometimes when I look in my grandfathers immigrant eyes
      D                                               G
I see that day reflected and I can't hold my feelings inside
        C                                               G
I see starting with nothing and working hard all of his life
    D                            C             D         G
So don't take it for granted say grandfather's immigrant eyes

       G
Now he rocks and he stares out the window
        C        Em            Am
But his eyes are still just as clear
       D
As the day he sailed through the harbor
         C             D         G
And come ashore on the island of tears
   G
My grandfather's days are numbered
      C             Em     Am
But I won't let his memory die
          D
'Cause he gave me the gift of sweet freedom
        C           D         G
And the look in his Immigrant Eyes


--- CHORUS ---


 
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