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Honesty Is No Excuse  Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy - Honesty is No Excuse (1971)
Transcribed by Jon Malmin (
Tuning: About 1/4 flat of standard E
A (x4)
[A]Up 'til now I used to pass my time
[A7]Drinking beer so s[D]lowly, s[G]ometimes wi[G/F]ne
No [Bm]God, air, w[Bm/A]ater or [E]sunshine[E7]
And h[C#m]onesty was my [C#m7]only excuse[F#] [F#7]
I [Bm]took your l[Bm/A]ove and I u[E]sed it
[A]Up 'til now my youthful stage
A u[A7]seless rage, a t[D]orn out page, a [G]worn out gau[G/F]ge
A d[Bm]irty shade, a [Bm/A]big charade, [E]has been made[E7]
And h[C#m]onesty was my [C#m7]only excuse[F#] [F#7]
I t[Bm]ook your [Bm/A]love and I u[E]sed it[E7]
[A]Duu, duu, duu, [C#m]du du duu, duu
[G]Du du duu, duu[Bm] [E]
(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]A few sweet kisses, a l[D]ittle missus, a [G]fork and kn[G/F]ife
A [Bm]happy home, a [Bm/A]hand to hold, a l[E]and to roam[E7]
And [C#m]honesty was my [C#m7]only excus[F#]e[F#7]
I used to [Bm]take life by the h[Bm/A]and, and I a[E]bused it
[A]Duu, duu, duu, [C#m]du du duu, duu
[G]Du du duu, duu[Bm] [E] [E7]
[A]Up 'til now I used to tap dance
[A7]Take a girl by the [D]hand, saying I [G]need your, I need your[G/F] romance
[Bm]Oh... [Bm/A]
I h[E]ad me some chanc[E7]es
And h[C#m]onesty was my [C#m7]only exc[F#]use[F#7]
I u[Bm]sed to take your lo[Bm/A]ve, and I'd a[E]buse it[E7]
[A]Duu, duu, duu, [C#m]du du duu, duu
[G]Du du duu, duu[Bm] [E] [E7]
[A]Up 'til now the path of life was fair enough
[A7]Was fair enough, [D]enough was fair,[G] all was righ[G/F]t
And n[Bm]ow I know, I [Bm/A]see the light[E] [E7]
And h[C#m]onesty was my [C#m7]only exc[F#]use.[F#7]..
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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A A7 Bm Bm/A C#m C#m7 D E E7 F# F#7 G G/F Gmaj7
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