Honesty Is No Excuse


Transposer


             Thin Lizzy - Honesty is No Excuse (1971)
Transcribed by Jon Malmin ([email protected])
Tuning: About 1/4 flat of standard E

Intro:
A (x4)

A             
Up 'til now I used to pass my time
A7                D       G          G/F             
Drinking beer so slowly, sometimes wine
   Bm         Bm/A    E        E7
No God, air, water or sunshine
     C#m           C#m7        F#  F#7 
And honesty was my only excuse
  Bm         Bm/A       E    
I took your love and I used it

A             
Up 'til now my youthful stage
   A7              D               G           G/F
A useless rage, a torn out page, a worn out gauge
   Bm            Bm/A         E            E7             
A dirty shade, a big charade, has been made
     C#m           C#m7       F#  F#7
And honesty was my only excuse
   Bm       Bm/A        E       E7
I took your love and I used it

A              C#m     
Duu, duu, duu, du du duu, duu
G              Bm   E          
Du du duu, duu

[Solo backing]: 
A  A  A  A  A7  D  G  Gmaj7

Bm  Bm/A  E  E7  C#m  C#m7  F#  F#7

Bm  Bm/A  E  E7  A  C#m  G  Bm 

E  E  E  E7

A                    
Up 'til now my love life
A7                     D               G          G/F
A few sweet kisses, a little missus, a fork and knife
  Bm            Bm/A             E          E7
A happy home, a hand to hold, a land to roam
    C#m            C#m7      F#  F#7
And honesty was my only excuse
          Bm                Bm/A        E 
I used to take life by the hand, and I abused it
A              C#m     
Duu, duu, duu, du du duu, duu
G              Bm   E      E7       
Du du duu, duu

A      
Up 'til now I used to tap dance
A7                 D              G                     G/F
Take a girl by the hand, saying I need your, I need your romance
Bm    Bm/A
Oh... 
   E               E7
I had me some chances
     C#m           C#m7    F#  F#7
And honesty was my only excuse
   Bm                 Bm/A         E       E7
I used to take your love, and I'd abuse it
A              C#m     
Duu, duu, duu, du du duu, duu
G              Bm   E      E7       
Du du duu, duu

A                            
Up 'til now the path of life was fair enough
A7               D               G            G/F
Was fair enough, enough was fair, all was right
     Bm           Bm/A         E  E7
And now I know, I see the light
     C#m           C#m7    F#  F#7
And honesty was my only excuse...

The song fades out from here, so you can choose to either finish the verse
or end on the F#7, I guess... (which will sound pretty bad).

Anyway, enjoy!
            

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