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Alexander Henry


CAPO 2nd FRET

"I parted, not without some regret, with the long hair which
was natural to it and which I fancied to be ornamental;
but the ladies of the family and of the village in general
appeared to think my person improved, and now condescended
to call me handsome, even among Indians."

p 113 Alexander Henry’s Adventures


riff and verse chords: [G,A,G,G,A, G D ]

I was born before you all became
Alexander Henry is my name
Some people called me a handsome man
it would be impolite to disagree with them
In 1762 I said
"I see a way to get ahead
there's a fur trade up around Mackinaw
where the woods are wild and there ain't much law"

La la la, la la la, la la la [F#m, E, A, D, D, E ]

RIFF:

The French were out and the British were in
so it looked pretty good for an Englishman
In Montreal my plans were made
with a fur trading pass from General Gage
But the closer I got to where I was goin'
the more people said I should have known
that every single Indian
loved the French and hated Englishmen

So many people said that I was goin' to die [D, E]
that I worked hard on a good disguise [A, F#m]
I changed my clothes, my face and then [D, E]
I paddled with my French Canadiens [A, F#m]
I made it to the Fort and I hid my name [D, E]
but it wasn't too long ‘till a visitor came [A, F#m]
Chief Minavavana of the Chippewa band [D, E]
turned up with sixty of his friends [A, F#m let ring]

RIFF

Menavavana he stared me down
then he smoked his pipe without a sound
When he was ready he began to talk
with words like bullets that he aimed and shot
"Englishman! You must be brave
to come up here to meet your grave
Englishman! Enemy of France!
Did you come to watch the warrior's dance?

La la la, la la la, la la la [F#m, E, A, D, D, E ]

Englishman! We have been told
that the king of France is sick and old
but listen! I hear him awake
and I think he'll soon retaliate
Englishman! You did attack
our beloved father, the king of France
You conquered him but you never know when
the spirits of the dead will want revenge"

Well I wondered how I might save my skin [D, E]
when Minavavana called me friend [A, F#m]
Since I came in peace with goods to trade [D, E]
there was no need to be afraid [A, F#m]
We smoked the pipe and all shook hands [D, E]
and then he sat back down again [A, F#m]
He said, "Now since we did not come to kill [D, E]
let's have a keg of that English milk" [A, F#m let ring]


RIFF

I was born before you all became
Alexander Henry is my name
Some people called me a handsome man
it would be impolite to disagree with them

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