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John Prine chords for Illegal smile

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  • Capo on 5th
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Illegal Smile by John Prine
Capo 5th fret
Verse:
A chord diagramG+G                   A chord diagramD MajorD        A chord diagramC majorC                   A chord diagramG+G
When I woke up this morning, things were lookin' bad
A chord diagramC majorC                 A chord diagramG+G               A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramC majorC        A chord diagramG+G
seemed like total silence was the only friend I had
A chord diagramD MajorD                 A chord diagramC majorC                 A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramC majorC   A chord diagramG+G
a bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down... and won
           A chord diagramD MajorD                       A chord diagramC majorC                   A chord diagramG+G      A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramG+G
and it was twelve o'clock before I realized that I was havin' no fun


Chorus:
              A chord diagramD MajorD             A chord diagramG+G                 A chord diagramC majorC      A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramG+G
      Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality

      (Change to 3/4 time)
                  A chord diagramC majorC                      A chord diagramG+G
      and you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
               A chord diagramD MajorD                      A chord diagramG+G
      it don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
                A chord diagramC majorC                            A chord diagramG+G
      won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
               A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramC majorC
      no I was just tryin' to have me some fun

(Change back to 4/4 time)


Verse:
     A chord diagramG+G                 A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramC majorC              A chord diagramG+G
last time I checked my bankroll, well it was gettin' thin
    A chord diagramC majorC                       A chord diagramG+G             A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramG+G
sometimes it seems like the bottom is the only place I've been
A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramC majorC              A chord diagramG+G         A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramG+G
chased a rainbow down a one-way street... dead end
    A chord diagramD MajorD                     A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramG+G       A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramG+G
and all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen

Chorus:
              A chord diagramD MajorD             A chord diagramG+G                 A chord diagramC majorC      A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramG+G
      Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality

      (Change to 3/4 time)
                  A chord diagramC majorC                      A chord diagramG+G
      and you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
               A chord diagramD MajorD                      A chord diagramG+G
      it don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
                A chord diagramC majorC                            A chord diagramG+G
      won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
               A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramC majorC
      no I was just tryin' to have me some fun

(Change back to 4/4 time)


Verse:
        A chord diagramG+G              A chord diagramD MajorD           A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramG+G
Well, I sat down in my closet with all my overalls
     A chord diagramC majorC              A chord diagramG+G                A chord diagramD MajorD      A chord diagramC majorC        A chord diagramG+G
just tryin' to get away from all the ears inside the walls
A chord diagramD MajorD                  A chord diagramC majorC                  A chord diagramG+G          A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramG+G
dreamed the police heard everything I thought... what then?
       A chord diagramD MajorD                     A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramC majorC   A chord diagramG+G
well I went to court and the judge's name was Hoffman


Chorus:
              A chord diagramD MajorD             A chord diagramG+G                 A chord diagramC majorC      A chord diagramD MajorD  A chord diagramG+G
      Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality

      (Change to 3/4 time)
                  A chord diagramC majorC                      A chord diagramG+G
      and you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
               A chord diagramD MajorD                      A chord diagramG+G
      it don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
                A chord diagramC majorC                            A chord diagramG+G
      won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
               A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramC majorC
      no I was just tryin' to have me some fun

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