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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

             132

    D:    xx0232

          134211

    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.

    Chorus:
    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.

    Chorus

    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?

    Chorus

     

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


    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.