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Illegal Smile chords

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Illegal Smile by John Prine
Capo 5th fret

[Verse]
G                   D        C                   G
When I woke up this morning, things were lookin' bad
C                 G               D    C        G
seemed like total silence was the only friend I had
D                 C                 G       C   G
a bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down... and won
           D                       C                   G      C  G
and it was twelve o'clock before I realized that I was havin' no fun


[Chorus]
              D             G                 C      D  G
      Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality

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

(Change back to 4/4 time)

[Verse]
     G                 D              C              G
last time I checked my bankroll, well it was gettin' thin
    C                       G             D    C          G
sometimes it seems like the bottom is the only place I've been
D                C              G         C    G
chased a rainbow down a one-way street... dead end
    D                     C           G       C    G
and all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen

[Chorus]
              D             G                 C      D  G
      Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality

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

(Change back to 4/4 time)

[Verse]
        G              D           C          G
Well, I sat down in my closet with all my overalls
     C              G                D      C        G
just tryin' to get away from all the ears inside the walls
D                  C                  G          C    G
dreamed the police heard everything I thought... what then?
       D                     C            G   C   G
well I went to court and the judge's name was Hoffman


[Chorus]
              D             G                 C      D  G
      Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality

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

            
            
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DeadGoat46 10 Nov 21, 2012 09:21 AM

The chords are spot on, BUT! it needs the capo on th 5th fret
Other than that Good job and Thanks

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fat-fingers 10 Dec 26, 2013 01:13 PM

Good job... I also kinda like using a D7 over "it don't COST very much". Try it, you might like it too.

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mdw3255 71 Dec 14, 2014 05:55 AM

fat-fingers I like your d7 over it don'T cost very much.

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