Ship to Wreck by Florence and the Machine | Lyrics with Guitar Chords

Ship to Wreck by Florence and the Machine was a major hit from their third studio album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”. Not only did the song do well commercially, but it also earned several awards, notably a WMA and a Grammy.

The tune is frequently associated with the folk rock, pop rock and soft rock genres. The song reportedly deals with self-destructive behaviour, which offers a nice contrast to the upbeat sound of the tune.

You can learn to play Ship to Wreck by Florence and the Machine with guitar chords, lyrics and a strumming trainer directly in the Uberchord app.

Key of the Song: A minor

The song is in the guitarist-friendly Key of A minor, one key that is commonly used in pop music, too.

Both the intro and the verses employ a turnaround that is amongst my favourites: i – VI – iv – i. In the key of A minor we’d thus have:

Amin – Fmaj7 – Dmin – Amin

The chorus is a bit different. Here we have III – iv – i – VI, which translates into:

C – Dm – Am – Fmaj7

Chords for Ship to Wreck

Since the key is A minor, the choice of chords is rather simple and very easy for beginners. You are probably already acquainted with the chords necessary to play the song.

For the verse, they are:
Am – C – Dm – Fmaj

And, for the chorus:
C – Dm – Am – F

Ship to Wreck – Video Lesson

Ship to Wreck – Lyrics with Chords

Verse 1

Am                                   F                        Dm                                 Am
Don’t touch the sleeping pills, they mess with my head,
Am                                   F                        Dm                                 Am
Dredging the Great White Sharks, swimming in the bed,
Am                          F                        Dm                          Am
Here comes a Killer Whale, to sing me to sleep,
Am                             F                   Dm                       Am
Thrashing the covers off, it has me by its teeth,

Pre-Chorus

C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I said?
C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
I can’t help but pull the earth around me, to make my bed
C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I did?
C
Did I drink too much?
Dm
Am I losing touch?
Am                                                F
Did I build this ship to wreck?

Chorus

Am     F        Dm    Am
To wreck, to wreck,
Am       F
To wreck,
Dm                                             Am
Did I build this ship to wreck?

Verse 2

Am                               F                     Dm                          Am
What’s with the long face? Do you want more?
Am                             F                       Dm                          Am
Thousands of red-eyed mice, scratching at the door,
Am                             F                       Dm                          Am
Don’t let the curtain catch you, cos you’ve been here before,
Am                             F                       Dm                          Am
The chair is an island darling, you can’t touch the floor,

Pre-Chorus

C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I said?
C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
I can’t help but pull the earth around me, to make my bed
C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I did?
C
Did I drink too much?
Dm
Am I losing touch?
Am                                                       F
Did I build this ship to wreck?

Chorus

Am      F       Dm      Am
To wreck, to wreck,
Am      F
To wreck,
Dm                                           Am
Did I build this ship to wreck?

Am F Dm Am

Bridge

F                                G                                                      Am
And good god, under star disguise we are lost,
F                                                                   G
And into the breach, we got tossed,
Am                                                          F
And the water’s coming in fast!

Pre-Chorus

C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I said?
C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
I can’t help but pull the earth around me, to make my bed
C                                     Dm                Am                                  F
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I did?
C
Did I drink too much?
Dm
Am I losing touch?
Am                                                 F
Did I build this ship to wreck?

Chorus

Am     F       Dm         Am
To wreck, to wreck,
Am       F
To wreck,
Dm                                             Am
Did I build this ship to wreck?

Am      F       Dm      Am
To wreck, to wreck,
Am          F
To wreck,
Dm                                                  Am
Did I build this ship to wreck?