I Take My Chances

Mary Chapin Carpenter

 I took a walk in the rain one day
On the wrong side of the tracks   
I stood on the rails till I saw that train
Just to see how my heart would react   
Now some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate
And for them I can not disagree   
But I never learned nothing from playing it safe
I say fate should not tempt me     

I take my chances;      I don't mind working without a net   
I take my chances;      I take my chances every chance I get   

I sat alone in the dark one night, tuning in by remote
I found a preacher who spoke of the light but there was brimstone in his throat
He'd show me the way according to him in return for my personal check
I flipped the channel back to CNN, and I lit another cigarette

I take my chances; yes, forgiveness doesn't come with a debt
I take my chances; I take my chances every chance I get

 (guitar solo)                                       

I've crossed lines of words and wire, and both have cut me deep
I've been frozen out and I've been on fire, and the tears are mine to weep
But I can cry until I laugh, or laugh until I cry
So cut the deck right in half, I'll play from either side

I take my chances; I pay my dollar and I place my bet
I take my chances; I take my chances every chance I get
I take my chances; yeah, I don't cling to remorse or regret
I take my chances; I take my chances every chance I get
I take my chances...

(Repeat G D C C; end on G.)

(Concert ad-lib lyrics:)
No remorse, no regrets
I chewed another Nicorette
I ordered up some crepes Suzette
I found Elvis on the Internet
I went camping with a young cadet
He showed me his bayonet
I looked at him and said, "you should get an Erector set"
Who needs a boyfriend, you can get a pet


The electric guitar actually plays this in C with no capo. These are the
right notes; I'm not sure about the exact fingerings.

E ----0-----------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B --1-----3-----1-|------1---------|----1---0-------|----------------|
G 0---------4-----|--2-------0---0-|--0-------0---2-|------0---------|
D ------------5---|----3-------3---|2-----------0---|--3-------3---3-|
A ----------------|----------------|----------------|----3-------3---|
E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .

Here it is in G, if you want to play it with the capo on the 5th fret:

E ----7---5-----3-|------3---------|----3---2-----0-|----------------|
B --8-------7-----|--5-------3---3-|--3-------3-----|------3---------|
G 7-----------7---|----5-------5---|4-----------2---|--5-------5--5--|
D ----------------|----------------|----------------|----5-------5---|
A ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ .

- Adam Schneider, schn0170@maroon.tc.umn.edu

Bm C D Em F G G/B
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