VGPCD COVER

Massacre at Mackinaw


Oh people, come gather round [G/D, D, G/D, D]
I’m gonna tell you how it all went down [G/D, D, A, D]
Oh people, go tell your friends [G/D, D, G/D, D]
that Alexander Henry is alive again [G/D, D, A, D]

Take a walk with me, 1763, [D, A ]
when danger filled the air with fear [G/D, D]
Rumours from Fond du Lac, about Chief Pontiac [D, A ]
and plans to make the British disappear [G/D, D]
I had come down from the Sault [Bm, G]
to the Fort at Mackinaw [D, A]
It was the second day of June [Bm, G]
as the natives they played lacrosse [D, A]

Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw!

Many more than one warned Major Etherington [D, A ]
that something more was on than sport [G/D, D]
He brushed aside the words and soon everyone heard [D, A ]
the ball come flying deep into the fort [G/D, D]
I was sitting in a room [Bm, G]
writing letters to my friends [D, A]
When I looked out of the window [Bm, G]
all I saw were dead Englishmen [D, A]

Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw! 

Oh people, what can I say [G/D, D, G/D, D]
Things went south in the north that day [G/D, D, A, D]
Oh people, knock on some wood [G/D, D, G/D, D]
‘cause right now things aren’t lookin’ so good [G/D, D, A, D]

It was one year before, Wawatum (we-wah-tm), a Chippewa [D, A ]
embraced me as his brother and a son [G/D, D]
for he had dreamed a dream that when a man like me was seen [D, A ]
that he must treat that man as if his own [G/D, D]
The day before the great attack [Bm, G]
he tried to take me back to the Sault [D, A]
Not understanding I ignored [Bm, G]
his words of warning and the next thing I knew [D, A]

Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw!

I heard Jemet (juh-may) scream between a warrior’s knees [D, A]
and I watched that fighter shear off his reward [G/D, D]
Another reached into a man while cupping bloody hands [D, A]
then drank a toast to death forevermore [G/D, D]
I was hidden by a slave [Bm, G]
but soon enough I was found [D, A]
I was sure that all was lost [Bm, G]
and I would soon be underground [D, A]
But in that moment there appeared [Bm, G]
my new brother, Wawatum [D, A]
He gave the chief all that he had [Bm, G]
to buy my life, my freedom, from the [D, A]

Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw!
Massacre at Mackinaw!

Oh people, come gather round [G/D, D, G/D, D]
I’m gonna tell you how it all went down [G/D, D, A, D]
Oh people, go tell your friends [G/D, D, G/D, D]
that Alexander Henry is alive again [G/D, D, A, D]

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