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John Prine Chords
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John Prine Chords and Lyrics Page

Here on this John Prine chords page you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in pdf. format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available.

 Born - October 10, 1946 – Died April 7, 2020 - (age 73)


John Prine Chords - Tutorials

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Big Old Goofy World - Crazy As A Loon
Fish & Whistle - Glory Of True Love
Illegal Smile - Iron Ore Betty
Killin The Blues - Knockin On Your Screen Door
Lonesome Friends Of Science
Magnolia Wind - My Darlin Hometown
My Old Man - Paradise
Sam Stone - Souvenirs
The Oldest Baby In The World

1. Big Old Goofy World

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a pretty familiar strumming pattern which is a root down up root up down up and then repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C and D
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2. Crazy As A Loon

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a steady root up  down up root  up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C and D
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3. Fish And Whistle

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a simple root up down up and at the end of the verse and chorus play a double downstroke
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D and an A7
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4. Glory Of True Love

More info on my Glory Of True Love chords page.

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5. Illegal Smile

There is more info on the Illegal Smile chords page.

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6. Iron Ore Betty

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = The pattern is root up down up root up down up root up down down but you're only playing the string on the root and on the ending down down.
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, C7, A7 and a D7
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7. Killing The Blues

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a nice and easy shuffle with a steady right up and down movement allowing you you to put some accents in a few places on your downstrokes
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D and in one spot near the end, a Db
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8. Knockin On Your Screen Door

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = a simple root down up down up down up root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C and D
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9. Lonesome Friends Of Science

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root down root up down up  and repeat works here
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = C, G, F, G7
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10. Magnolia Wind

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = a root down up down up bass down up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, G, F and an A#
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11. My Darlin Hometown

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root down up down up root down up down up strumming pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Em, A7, G and an E7
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12. My Old Man

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a simple shuffle rhythm pattern all the way through
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C and D
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13. Paradise

There is more info on the John Prine Paradise chords page.

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14. Sam Stone

There is more info on my Sam Stone chords page.

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15. Souvenirs

More info on John Prine Souvenirs Chords here.

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16. The Oldest Baby In The World

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a root down up down up root down up down up pattern
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, F, D7, G, G6 and an Am
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17. Unwed Fathers

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up will work
  • Picking = yes a little
  • Chords = G, C, D, D7
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On this John Prine chords page I've covered over a dozen songs as they relate to strumming patterns and tunings. You have access to my free demos and downloadable pdf chords and lyrics sheets and a purchase link if you need more instruction.

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