Who Sang Illegal Smile? John Prine

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Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: John Prine
release date: 1971
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Country Rock/Folk/Acoustic/Country
length: 3:14
remixer: Arif Mardin
producer: Arif Mardin
recording engineer: Stan Kesler
assistant engineer: Dale Smith
piano: Bobby Wood
percussion: Bishop Heywood
acoustic guitar: John Prine
bass: Mike Leech
drums (drum set): Gene Chrisman
guitar: Reggie Young and John Christopher
organ: Bobby Emmons
pedal steel guitar: Leo LeBlanc
vocal: John Prine
composer: John Prine
lyricist: John Prine
When I woke up this morning, things were lookin' bad
Seem like total silence was the only friend I had
Bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down... and won
And it was twelve o'clock before I realized
That I was havin' no fun

[Chorus]
But fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun

Last time I checked my bankroll,
It was gettin' thin
Sometimes it seems like the bottom
Is the only place I've been
I Chased a rainbow down a one-way street dead end
And all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen

[Chorus]

Well, I sat down in my closet with all my overalls
Tryin' to get away
From all the ears inside my walls
I dreamed the police heard
Everything I thought... what then?
Well I went to court
And the judge's name was Hoffman

Ah but fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun
Well done, hot dog bun, my sister's a nun



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Illegal Smile
  • 2 Spanish Pipedream
  • 3 Hello in There
  • 4 Sam Stone
  • 5 Paradise
  • 6 Pretty Good
  • 7 Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
  • 8 Far From Me
  • 9 Angel From Montgomery
  • 10 Quiet Man
  • 11 Donald and Lydia
  • 12 Six O'Clock News
  • 13 Flashback Blues