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Angel From Montgomery

John Prine

Each chord gets two beats unless otherwise noted.


The chords with (3/8) next to them are played for a measure of 3/8 (count “1 2 3”), and the chord after them (G) is played for a measure of 2/4 (count “1 and 2 and”).  In simpler terms, the (3/8) chord as being played for an extra 8th note.  Deceptively tricky!


Strum Guide

Main Strum:


D   D DUD   D DU

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Skip 8th Note Strum:

∆     ∆

D   D D   D DU      ∆ = Chord change

1 2 3 1 + 2 +


Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010


D:    xx0232


F:    133211


Intro: / G – C - / x4


G                  C     G                        C
I am an old woman named after my mother,
G                      C          D
(3/8)        G
My old man is another child that's grown old.
G                      C                    G                  C
If dreams were lightning and thunder was desire,
G                                   C                  D
(3/8)  G
This old house would've burnt down a long time  ago.

G                 F               C             G

Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery.
G                 F               C
(1½ beats)    G
Make me a poster of an old         rodeo.
G                   F                  C             G
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to.
G                        C                     D
(3/8)    G (2)
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

G                     C         G                   C
When I was a young girl I had me a cowboy,

G                            C                   D (3/8)      G
He weren’t much to look at, just a free ramblin' man.

G                      C          G                            C
But that was a long time, and no matter how I try,

G                     C                  D (3/8)     G
These dreams go by like a broken-down dam.


G                           C       G                           C
There's flies in the kitchen, I can hear ‘em there buzzin'

G                       C                     D (3/8)   G
and I ain't done nothin' since I woke up     today.

G                            C     G                           C

How the hell can a person go to work in the mornin’

G                               C                           D (3/8)    G
and come home in the evenin' and have nothin' to       say?



G                        C (hold)             D (hold)       G (hold)  
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

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This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.