I Was Only Joking Chords & Lyrics Artist:

Chords (click graphic to learn to play)

A chord Amaj7 chord A7 chord D chord Dm chord E chord F sharp minor chord Bm chord
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How To Play

Capo:1st fret

This is the riff which is played after the Chorus
e|---------------------|
B|-----------------2-2-|
G|-----------------2-2-|
D|-----------------2-2-|
A|-0-2-4-2-0-------0-0-|
E|------------2-0------|
 
 
VERSE 1
A                  Amaj7
Ever since I was a kid at school
A7                      D
  I messed around with all the rules
Dm               A                E                    A
  Apologised then realised I'm not different after all
A                            Amaj7        A7            D
  Me and the boys thought we had it sussed, Valentinos, all of us
Dm                       A             E                       A
  My dad said we looked ridiculous but boy, we broke some hearts
 
A                     Amaj7       A7                  D
  In and out of jobs, running free, waging war with society
Dm                        A         E                    A
  Dumb, blank faces stare back at me but nothing ever changed
A                    Amaj7            A7                       D
Promises made in the heat of the night, creepin' home before it got too light
Dm                 A                  E                     A
  I wasted all that precious time and blamed it on the wine
 
CHORUS
A          D  E         A
I was only jo-king  my dear (my dear)
            D      E       F#m
Looking for a way to hide my fear (my fear)
           D      E  A
What kind of fo-ol was I (was I)
       Bm
I could never win (never win)      ......Riff
 
VERSE 2
A               Amaj7     A7                     D
  Never found a compromise, collected lovers like butterflies
Dm                    A                   E                   A
  Illusions of that grand first prize are slowly wearin' thin
A                     Amaj7     A7              D
Susie, baby, you were good to me, givin' love unselfishly
Dm                       A
  But you took it all too seriously
  E                   A
I guess it had to end
 
CHORUS
A          D  E         A
I was only jo-king  my dear (my dear)
            D      E       F#m
Looking for a way to hide my fear (my fear)
           D      E  A
What kind of fo-ol was I (was I)
       Bm
I could never win (never win)      ......Riff
 
 
INSTRUMENTAL
A Amaj7 A7 D Dm A E A      x2
 
A D E F#m Bm F#m E
A D E F#m Bm F#m E A
 
D E A
D E F#m
D E A Bm
 
VERSE 3
A                   Amaj7      A7                           D
  Now you ask me if I'm sincere, that's the question that I always fear
Dm               A                    E                            A
  Verse seven is never clear but I'll tell you what you wanna hear
A                   Amaj7       A7                         D
  I try to give you all you want but givin' love is not my strongest point
Dm                                 A              E               A
  If that's the case it's pointless going on, I'd rather be alone
 
VERSE 4
       A              Amaj7          A7                   D
'Cause what I'm doin' must be wrong, pourin' my heart out in a song
Dm                 A                E                     A
  Owning up for prosperity, for the whole damn world to see
A                  Amaj7       A7                       D
Quietly now while I turn a page, Act One is over without costume change
Dm                            A
  The principal would like to leave the stage
     E                 A
The crowd don't understand

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