Illegal Smile
Chords And Lyrics 
For The Acoustic

Illegal Smile Chords And Lyrics by John Prine

Welcome to my Illegal Smile chords and lyrics song page by John Prine where you'll find my partial acoustic guitar demo, purchase link for a full lesson, the lyrics to the song as well as a free .pdf sheet you can download and some rhythm tips.

This song hails from John Prine's debut album "John Prine" from 1971. This song isn't about smoking dope. John said he wrote the song about himself smiling at things that many people never smiled at while he was growing up.

But it happened to fit well with the hippie movement who sort of adopted the song and John never bothered to explain the true source of the song.

Illegal Smile
Chords And Lyrics
Demo, Tips & Pdf

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = The first is a root down up root up down up while sing the faster verse and then changes to a root down down up root down down up in the chorus
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = C, G6, Am, F, G

Illegal Smile Lyrics

When I woke up this morning, things were lookin' bad
Seem like total silence was the only friend I had
Bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down... and won
And it was twelve o'clock before I realized that I was havin' no fun
But fortunately I have the key to escape reality

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun

Last time I checked my bankroll - It was gettin' thin
Sometimes it seems like the bottom - Is the only place I've been
I chased a rainbow down a one-way street - dead end
And all my friends turned out to be insurance - salesmen
But fortunately I have the key to escape reality

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun

Well I sat down in my closet - with all my overalls
Tryin' to get away from - all the ears inside my walls
I dreamed the police heard everything I thought... what then?
Well I went to court and the judge's name was - Hoffman
Ah but fortunately - I have the key to escape reality

And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun
Well done, hot dog bun, my sister's a nun

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