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I ain't hurtin no one
John Prine

[C]I'm walkin' down the street
Like Lucky Larue
G[F]ot my hand in my pocket
I'm thinkin' 'bout you
I ain't [C]hurtin' nobody [G]
I ain't hurtin' no [C]one

Th[C]ere's three hundred men
In the state of Tennessee
[F]They're waiting to die
They won't never be free
I ain't hu[C]rtin' nobody
[G]
I ain't hurtin' no o[C]ne

S[G]ix million seven hundred thousand
And thirty-three li[F]ghts [C]on
[G]You think someone could take the time
To sit down and listen to the words of [F]my s[C]ong

[C]At the beach in Indiana
I was nine years old
[F]Heard Little Richard singing "Tutti Frutti"
>From the top of a telephone pole
I wasn't hu[C]rtin' nobody
[G]
I wasn't hurtin' no o[C]ne

T[C]here's roosters laying chickens
And chickens layin' eggs
[F]Farm machinery eating
People's arms and legs
I ain't hu[C]rtin' nobody
[G]
I ain't hurtin' no o[C]ne

[G]Perfectly crafted popular hit songs never use
The wr[F]ong rh[C]yme
Y[G]ou'd think that waitress could get my order
Right the f[F]irst t[C]ime

{ci:Instrumental:}
[C] [F] [C] [G] [C]
#
S[C]he's sitting on the back steps
Just shucking that corn
[F]That gal's been grinning
Since the day she was born
She ain't hu[C]rtin' nobody
[G]
She ain't hurtin' no o[C]ne

[C]I used to live in Chicago
Where the cold wind blows
[F]I delivered more junk mail
Than the junkyard would hold
I wasn't hu[C]rtin' nobody
[G]
I wasn't hurtin' no o[C]ne

[G]You can fool some of the people part of the time
In a rock and r[F]oll s[C]ong
[G]Fifty million Elvis Presley Fans
Can't be [F]all wr[C]ong

[C]I'm walkin' down the street
Like Lucky Larue
[F]Got my hand in my pocket, Baby
I'm thinkin' 'bout you
I ain't hu[C]rtin' nobody
[G]
I ain't hurtin' no o[C]ne
I ain't hu[C]rtin' nobody[G]
I ain't hurtin' no o[C]ne
[C] [F] Hu[C]rtin' nobody [G]
Hurtin' no o[C]ne
[C] [F] Hu[C]rtin' nobody [G]
Hurtin' no o[C]ne
[C] [F] Hu[C]rtin' nobody [G]
Hurtin' no o[C]ne
(Fade)



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All The Way With You
John Prine/Gary Nicholson

[A]Love Gives. [F#m]Love Takes.
It t[D]akes a lot of lu[A]cky breaks
[E]
L[A]ucky Strikes. [F#m]Lucky stars
I d[D]on't know how I g[A]ot this far
[E]
W[D]ho knows where it's [E]coming from
Or w[A]here it's going [D]to
Can I go a[E]ll the way with y[A]ou?

Y[A]ou have your way. Y[F#m]ou have your doubts
The [D]falling in. The f[A]alling out.
[E]
A b[A]ridge is built. A br[F#m]idge is burned.
Till you r[D]each the point of n[A]o return
[E]
D[D]on't know where we're c[E]oming from
Or w[A]here we're going [D]to
Can I go [E]all the way with y[A]ou?

H[E]eaven knows that this ain't n[D]othing [A]new
G[E]od knows how much [D]I l[A]ove you
[E]

L[A]ove comes. L[F#m]ove goes.
[D]Can I go a[E]ll the way with y[A]ou?
C[D]an I go [E](tacet) all the way with y[A]ou?



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Automobile
John Prine

E
February morning, my car won't start today
E/
I turned the key at 8:03 and the battery passed away
E
Inside a' my automobile
I'm drivin' my automobile
Wanna ride in my automobile
B7 E
Gonna drive it all around this world

Bride's gettin married in the Springtime
Widow's gettin married in the Fall
I got married in high school
Or I wouldna got married at all
I'd be drivin my automobile
I'd be drivin my automobile
I'd be drivin my automobile
I wanna drive it all around this world

Everybody said to the new groom
Groom, what ya gonna be
I said I'm gonna be a symphony
Just as soon as I find a key
To my automobile
I'm drivin my automobile
I'm gonna ride my automobile
All around this world

Columbus sailed the ocean
Moses parted the sea
Dolores left me yesterday
Well I think she took the key
To my automobile
Drivin' my automobile
I want my automobile
Gonna drive it all around this world

Now I held a little bitty baby
I held a woman all night
Whenever I get the hiccups
I hold my breath til my head gets light
Then I drive my automobile
Gonna drive my automobile
I drive my automobile
I'm gonna drive it all around this world

February morning, my car won't start today
I turned the key at 8:03 and the battery passed away
Inside a' my automobile
I'm drivin' my automobile
Wanna ride in my automobile
Gonna drive it all around this world



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Big Fat Love

[A]It stated out [D]
[A]When she was small [D]
[A]She was premature
[D]
[A]She wasn't nothing at all [D]
[A]Two pounds six ounces
[D]
[A]A little pumpkin seed
[D]
[A]But she got more love
[D]
[A]Than you ever gonna need
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D] [A] [D]

[A]She don't eat enough
[D]
[A]To keep her alive
[D]
[A]When she bends over
[D]
[A]She's a quarter to five
[D]
[A]Skinny little thing
[D]
[A]But she ain't afraid
[D]
[A]To dance the watusi
[D]
[A]On a razorblade
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
[A] [D] [A] [D]
#
[A]Tiny little hands
[D]
[A]Tiny little nose
[D]
[A]Tiny little footsteps
[D]
[A]Wherever she goes
[D]
[A]Little bit don't leave
[D]
[A]No bathtub ring
[D]
[A]You pull the plug
[D]
[A]She's down the drain
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
B[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[G] [D]

{ci:Instrumental:}
[E]
#
[A]Bigger than me
[D]
[A]Bigger than you
[D]
[A]Bigger than the hippo
[D]
[A]Down at the zoo
[D]
[A]Thin is in
[D]
[A]Stout is out
[D]
[A]Big fat love
[D]
[A]Is what I'm talking about
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
B[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]
She got b[G]ig f[D]at lo[A]ve
[D]



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Bottomless Lake

G
Here's the story of a man and his family
D G
And a big trip that they took

I heard all about it in a restaurant
D
And I read it in a history book
C G
They rented a car at the Erie Canal
C
But the car didn't have no brake
G
Said ma to pa my God this car
D G
Is gonna fall into the bottomless lake

guitar: repeat intro
Well mama turned to daddy with a pale face
She said I've done something horribly wrong
The water's still runnin' in the bathtub
And I think I left the kitchen light on
Then I heard a crash, the car went splash
The compass rolled around and around
Oh, for heaven's sake we fell in a lake
And I think we're all gonna drown

G D
We are falling down
G
Down to the bottom of a hole in the ground

Smoke 'em if you got 'em
C G
I'm so scared, I can hardly breathe
D G
I may never see my sweetheart again

(guitar: repeat intro)
There was plenty of food in the back seat
And the windows were rolled up tight
So we all nibbled on a chicken leg
And told stories way through the night
Pa told one that he told before
And the baby got a bellyache
Said ma to pa, my God this car
Is falling down the bottomless lake

(guitar: repeat intro)
Papa played the music on the radio
Mama rocked the baby to sleep
He said he would'a taken the other road
But he didn't think the lake was that deep
If the ferry'd been there at the end of the pier
We'd be half way to Uncle Jake's
Instead of lookin' at fish out the window, I wish
We'd hit the bottom of the bottomless lake
(repeat) Instead of lookin' at fish out the window, I wish
We'd hit the bottom of the bottomless lake

(guitar: repeat intro twice)
So if you're ever goin' on a big trip
Ya better be careful out there
Start everything on your good foot
Wear clean underwear
Take along a bible in the back seat
Read of David and of Solomon
Coz if you make a mistake in the bottomless lake
You may never see your sweetheart again
If you should make a mistake in the bottomless lake
You may never see your sweetheart again
(repeat) If you should make a mistake in the bottomless lake
You may never see your sweethearts again

That's right...



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BRUISED ORANGE
by John Prine

G
My heart's in the ice house
2) I've been brought down to zero

come hill or come valley
2) pulled out and put back there
C
like a long ago Sunday
2) I sat on a park bench

when I walked through the alley
2) kissed the girl with the black hair
G
on a cold winters morning
2) and my head shouted down
D
to the church house
2) to my heart
G
just to shovel some snow
2) you better look out below

I heard sirens on the train tracks
2) Well it ain't such a long drop

howl naked , gettin nuder
2) don't stammer, don't studder
C
an alter boy had been hit
2) from the diamonds in the sidewalk

by a local comuter
2) to the dirt in the gutter
G
just from walking with his back turned
2) you'll be carrying those bruises
D
to a train
2) to remind you
G G7
that was coming so slow
2) wherever you go

(CHORUS)
C
You can gaze out the window

get mad and get madder
G
throw your hands in the air

and say what does it matter
D
but it don't do no good
C
to get angry
G G7
so help me I know
C
for a heart stained with anger

grows weak and grows bitter
G
you become your own prisoner

as you watch yourself sit there
D
wrapped up in a trap
C
of your very own
G
chain of sorrow



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Christmas in Prison
John Prine


It was [G] Christmas in [G] prison
And the [C] food was real [C] good
We had [G] turkeys and [G] pistols
[G] Carved out of [D] wood [D]
And I [G] dream of her [G] always
Even [C] when I don't [C] dream
Her [G] name's on my [G] tongue
and her [C] blood's in my [G] stream

[D] Wait a[D]while [C]eterni[G]ty
[G]Old mother [G]nature's got [G]nothing on [D]me
[G]Come to me
[G]Run to me
[C]Come to me, [C]now
We're [G]rolling
My [G]sweetheart
We're [C]flowing
By [G]God!

She reminds me of a chess game
With someone I admire
Or a picnic in the rain
After a prairie fire
Her heart is as big
As this whole goddamn jail
And she's sweeter than saccharine
At a drugstore jail

The search light in the big yard
Swings round with the gun
And spotlights the snowflakes
Like dust in the sun
It's Christmas in prison
There'll be music tonight
I'll probably get home sick
I love you. Good night.



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Day is done
John Prine

[G] [D] [A] [D] [G] [D] [A] [D]

[G]Do you like me? Well I [D]hope you do,
Cause if [A]you like me, then I think I'm gonna have to [D]like you too.
W[G]e'll share our things, a[D]nd have some fun,
Then we'll [A]say goodbye, and go back home when the [D]day is done.
If [G]you tell me, I'll [D]tell you too.
And we'll [A]say the things and do the things that [D]lovers do.
W[G]e'll keep it to ourselves, we won't [D]hurt no one.
Then we'll [A]say goodbye, and go back home when the [D]day is done.
We[G]'ll carve our names, o[D]n a tree,
Then we'll b[A]urn it down so no one in the [D]world will see.
And [G]we'll make love, while we[D] watch the flame
Then we'll [A]walk away as if we never [D]had no shame.
No[G]w we must hide, to be [D]alone,
And w[A]e can't say our sweet things on the [D]telephone.
If[G] we can't stop, what [D]we've begun,
We should [A]say goodbye and go back home when the [D]day is done.
Do you [G]still like me? Well I [D]hope you do.
Cause if you s[A]till like me then I think I'm gonna have to [D]still like you.
We [G]shared our things, and [D]had some fun
Now we'll [A]say goodbye and go back home when the [D]day is done.
Yeah, we'l[A]l say goodbye and go back home while we [D]still have one.
Let's [A]say goodbye, and go back home now the [D]day is done.



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Dear Abby

Dear [D]Abby, Dear Abby, my [G]feet are too [D]long, my hair's fallin' out and my [E]rights are all [A]wrong
My [D]friends they all tell me that I have [G]no friends at [D]all, won't you write me a letter, won't you [A]give me a [D]call
[G]Sign[A]ed, "Be[D]wildered"

Chorus
Be[D]wildered, Bewildered, you [G]have no com[D]plaint
You are what you are, and you [E]ain't what you [A]ain't
So [D]listen up, buster, and [G]listen up [D]good
Stop wishin' for bad luck and [A]knockin' on [A]wood

Dear [D]Abby, Dear Abby, my [G]fountain pen [D]leaks, my wife hollers at me, and my [E]kids are all freaks
Every [D]side I get up on is the [G]wrong side of [D]bed, If it weren't so expensive, I'd [A]wish I were [D]dead
[G]Sign[A]ed, "Un[D]happy"

Chorus: Unhappy, unhappy, you have no complaint...

Dear [D]Abby, Dear Abby, you [G]won't believe [D]this, but my stomach makes noises when[E]ever I kiss
My [D]girlfriend tells me it's [G]all in my [D]head, but my stomach just tells me to [A]write you [D]instead
[G]Sign[A]ed, "Noise[D]maker"

Chorus: Noisemaker, Noisemaker, you have no complaint...

Dear [D]Abby, Dear Abby, well [G]I never [D]thought, that me and my girlfriend would [E]never get caught
We were [D]sittin' in the backseat just [G]shootin' the [D]breeze with her hair up in curlers and her [A]pants to her [D]knees
[G]Sign[A]ed, "Just [D]Married"

Chorus Just Married, Just Married, you have no complaint...



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Don't Bury Me
John Prine

D G
Woke up this morning, put on my slippers
D A
went to the kitchen and died
D G
And oh what a feeling when my soul went through the celing
A D
and on up in to heaven I did rise
G D
When I got there they did say John it happened this-a-way
A
you slipped upon the floor and hit your head
D G D
And all the angels say just before you passed away
A D
these are the very last words that you said

CHORUS:
G D
Please don't bury me down in that cold cold ground
A
I'd rather have 'em cut me up and pass me all around
D
Throw my brains in a huricane
G D
The blind can have my eyes
G D A D
'deaf can take both of my ears if they don't mind the size

Give my stomach to Milwakee if they run out of beer
Put my socks in a cedar box just get 'em out'a here
Venus de milo can have my arms
Look out! I've got your nose
Sell my heart to the junk man
And give my love to Rose

Give my feet to the foot-loose
careless fancy free
Give my knees to the needy
don't 'cha pull that stuff on me
Hand me down my walkin' cane, it's a sin to tell a lie
Send my mouth way down south and kiss my ass good-bye



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FLAG DECAL
John Prine

C
Well while digesting Reader's Digest
C7 F
In the back of a dirty book store,

A flag decal, with gum on the back,
C
Fell out on the floor.

So I picked it up and I ran outside
C7 F
And I slapped on my windowshield,

And if I could see old Betsy Ross now
G C
I tell her how good I feel.

F
ch. Oh but your flag decal won't get you
C
Into Heaven any more.
G
They're already overcrowded
F C
From your dirty little wars.
F
Now Jesus he don't like killin'
C
No matter what the reason if for,
G
And your flag decal won't get you
G7 C
Into Heaven any more.


(Well) I went into the bank this morning
and the teller she said to me,
"If you join our Chrismas club
we'll give you ten of those flags for free."
So I didn't mess around a bit
and I took her up on what she said.
And I stuck those stickers all over my car
And one on my wife's forehead.

(Chorus)

(Well) I got my car so stickered up
That I couldn't see.
Then I ran it right upside a curb
And then right into a tree.
By the time they called a doctor down
I was already dead.
And I'll never understand why the man
Standing at the Pearly Gates said...


Final Ch. Oh but your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
We're already overcrowded
From your dirty little wars.
Now Jesus he don't like killin'
No matter what the reason is for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.



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Grand Pa was a Carpenter
John Prine

[G]Oh, grandpa wore his suit to dinner nearly every [C]day
No particular [G]reason, he just dressed that [D]way
[G]Brown necktie with a matching vest and both his wingtip [C]shoes
He built a closet on [G]our back porch and put a [D]penny in a burned-out [G]fuse

{soc}
[C]Grandpa was a carpenter, he built houses, stores and [G]banks
[C]Chain-smoked Camel [G]cigarettes and hammered nails in [D]planks
He would [G]level on the level, he shaved even every [C]door
And voted for Eisen[G]hower, 'cause [D]Lincoln won the [G]war
{eoc}

[G]Well, he used to sing me "Blood on the Saddle" and rock me on his [C]knee
And let me listen to the [G]radio before we got T[D]V
Well, he'd [G]drive to church on Sunday and he'd take me with him [C]too
Stained glass in every [G]window, hearing [D]aids in every [G]pew

{c:Chorus}

[G]Well, my Grandma was a teacher, she went to school in Bowling [C]Green
Traded in a [G]milking cow for a Singer sewing ma[D]chine
Well, she [G]called her husband "Mister," and she walked real tall in [C]pride
She used to buy me [G]comic books [D]after grandpa [G]died



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Hello in there
John Prine

[G]We had an ap[C]artment in t[D]he city
Me and Loretta liked living there
[Bm]And it'd been years since the k[C]ids had grown
[G]A life of their own, [D]left us alone

John and Linda live in Omaha
And Joe is somewhere on the road
And we lost Davy in the Korean War
And I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore

{c:Chorus}
{soc}
Y[C]ou know that old trees just [D]grow stronger
A[C]nd old rivers get wilder eve[D]ry day
O[Bm]ld people just get lo[C]nesome
W[G]aiting for someone to say "Hell[D]o in there, Hell[G]o.[C]" [D]
{eoc}

Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more
She sits and stares through the back door screen
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we=D5ve both seen

Some day I'll go and call up Rudy
We worked together at the factory
But what'll I say when he asks, "What's new?"
"Nothin'. What's with you?" Nothin' much to do.

{c:Chorus}

So if you're walkin' down the street some day
And spot some hollow, ancient eyes
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say "Hello in there, Hello."



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Humidity built the snowman
John Prine

D[A]oes he still think about h[E]er
[A]Why there was never really any do[E]ubt
E[A]very time he lights a can[E]dle
[A]Or blows a candle o[E]ut
[D]The scientific n[E]ature of the ord[A]inary m[D]an
Is to [A]go on out and [E]do the best you c[A]an

{ci:Chorus:}
{soc:}
I [D]don't think that you know
That [A]I think you don't know
That o[D]ld barometer goes crazy baby
Every t[A]ime it starts to s[E]now
[A]You won't find me walking
[D]Round your part of town
Humdity built the sno[A]wman
Su[E]nshine brought him d[A]own

[A] [E] [A] [E]
{eoc:}

[A]This world is full of pe[E]ople
[A]They never seem to fa[E]ll
[A]Somebody said they s[E]een you
[A]You hadn't changed at a[E]ll
T[D]he fundamental st[E]ory
Of the c[A]ontemporary m[D]an
Is to w[A]alk away and so[E]meday unde[A]rstand

{ci:Repeat Chorus:}

{ci:Instrumental:}
[A] [E] [A] [E]
[A] [E] [A] [E]
#
The s[D]cientific na[E]ture of the or[A]dinary m[D]an
Is [A]to go on out and [E]do the best you c[A]an

{ci:Repeat Chorus:}

Hum[D]dity built the sn[A]owman
[E](tacet) Sunshine brought him d[A]own
[A] [E] [A] [E] Brought him d[A]own
[A] [E] [A] [E] Brought him do[A]wn
[A] [E] (Repeat and Fade...)



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Leave the lights on
John Prine

[E]Feeling kind of boney
On the telephoney
Talking to Marconi
Eating Rice-A-Roni
[A]Nominated for Tony
For acting like a phoney
[E]Watching Twilight Zoney
On my forty-two inch Sony
Th[B7]is is just a long song
It ain't no poem
Le[E]ave the lights on till you baby gets home.

[E]It's like sitting in the kitchen
When the music's really bitchin'
Your nose it starts to itchin'
As you count your old age pension
D[A]id I forget to mention
The ride that I was hitchin'
To the al[E]uminum convention
I had such good intentions
Ke[B7]ep you cotton pickin' fingers off my song poem
And le[E]ave the lights on till you baby gets home.

Le[E]ave the lights on till you baby gets home.
Leave the lights on till you baby gets home.
Do[A]n't forget your toothbrush
Your hairbrush and your comb
L[E]eave the lights on till you baby gets home.
Got a b[B7]ig ol' dog
A chrome crowbar
I k[E]eep that mother humper in the back seat of my car
[E] [A] [E] [B7] [A] [E]

[E]Me and Billy Shakespeare
Stepped out to get a root beer
We sat together so near
People thought we were queer
Pun[A]ctuated by the big scare
We joined the Air Force right there
To d[E]efend our country first class
Who couldn't give a rat's ass
Do[B7]n't you tell me that the White House is my home
Le[E]ave the lights on till you baby gets home.

Le[E]ave the lights on till you baby gets home.
Leave the lights on till you baby gets home.
Do[A]n't forget your toothbrush
Your hairbrush and your comb
Leave the lights on till you baby gets home.
Got a b[B7]ig ol' dog
A big iron bar
I k[E]eep that mother humper in the back seat of my car

[E]It's like kissing Greta Garbo
With a mouth full of marbles
[A]
Like tr[E]ying to cash a paycheck
In the middle of a train wreck [B7]
Le[E]ave the lights on
Leave the lights on

[E]Like trying to get aroundo
In a car made of bondo [A]
Like sp[E]eaking German lingo
To a dog named Dingo[B7] - Plotz!!
[E]Leave the lights on
Leave the lights on

[E]Like a french-fried quesadilla
In a franchised pizzeria
[A]
[E]Leave the lights on
Leave the lights on
[B7]
A big iron bar
I k[E]eep that mother humper in the back seat of my car



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Lets talk dirty in Hawaiian
John Prine

[D]I packed my bags and bought myself a ticket
For the land of the tall palm [A]tree
Aloha Old Milwaukee, Hello Waiki[D]ki
I just stepped down from the airplane
When I thought I heard her [G]say
Waka waka nuka nuka, [D]waka waka nuka nuka
[A]Would you like a [D]lei? [A]Eh?

{c:Chorus}
{soc}
[D]Let's talk dirty in Hawaiian
Whisper in my [A]ear
Kicka poo ka maka wa wah wahini
Are the words I long to [D]hear
Lay your coconut on my tiki
What the hecka mooka mooka [G]dear
Let's talk dirty in Ha[D]waiian
Say the [A]words I long to [D]hear
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[D]It's a ukelele Honolulu sunset
Listen to the grass skirts [A]sway
Drinking rum from a pineapple
Out on Honolulu [D]Bay
The steel guitars all playing
While she's talking with her [G]hands
Gimme gimme oka doka [D]make a wish and wanta polka
[A]Words I under[D]stand [A]

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[D]I boughta lota junka with my moola
And sent it to the folks back [A]home
I never had the chance to dance the hula
I guess I should have [D]known
When you start talking to the sweet wahini
Walking in the pale moon[G]light
Oka doka what a setta [D]knocka rocka sis boom bocas
[A]Hope I said it [D]right [A]



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