Angel From Montgomery
by John Prine/Bonnie Raitt

Welcome to my Angel From Montgomery chord chart by John Prine. Very cool song and I particularly like the Bonnie Raitt version which is the one Iā€™m going to chart here because there are no barre chords. The John Prine version is done in the Key of C, not A. Now you can get fancy with this song if you want to throw in hammer-ons, bass runs and whatever, or you can simply strum like we are going to do right here. The chords are easy enough A, D & E.

Notice how in the verses we are going to hold the second chord for a full measure to give this song some space.

Verse Strumming:
E A (hold)
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 1 2 3 4
D U DU D

Chorus Strumming:
D C
1 + 2 +a 3 4 +a
D DDU D DDU

Angel From Montogomery
by John Prine/Bonnie Raitt Version

E A E A

Verse
E                   A        E                         A
I am an old woman named after my mother.
 E                       A           D                         E
My old man is another child that's grown old.
       E                A                       E                    A
If dreams were lightning and thunder were desire
E                                      A D E
this old house would've burnt down a long time ago.


Chorus
  |E               D|             |A                     E|
Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery.
 |E                D |            |A E|
Make me a poster of an old rodeo.
|E                  D |               |A                E|
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to.
       | E                 D |                  |A                E| |E A | |E A|
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.


Verse
    E                  A                E             A
When I was a young girl I had me a cowboy,
E                               A                     D                 E
He wa'rn't much to look at, just a free ramblin' man.
  E                      A                    E                    A
But that was a long time, and no matter how I try,
E                      A                     D                 E
the years just flow by like a broken-down dam.


Chorus
  |E               D|             |A                     E|
Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery.
 |E                D |            |A E|
Make me a poster of an old rodeo.
|E                  D |               |A                E|
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to.
       | E                 D |                  |A                E| |E A | |E A|
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

Verse
    E                           A                   E                   A
There's flies in the kitchen, I can hear all their buzzin'
  E                        A                     D E
but I ain't done nothin' since I woke up today.
  E                                    A       E A
But how the hell can a person go to work in the morning
 E                           A                           D   E
come home in the evenin' and have nothin' to say?


Chorus
  |E               D|             |A                     E|
Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery.
 |E                D |            |A E|
Make me a poster of an old rodeo.
|E                  D |               |A                E|
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to.
       | E                 D |                  |A                E| |E A | |E A| E(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. 

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