haggard merle – “life of wine and roses”



Recorded By: Merle Haggard
Submitted by: George Richardson

This song was recorded on the Best of Merle Haggard
CD. I don’t know what key he sang it in but this
works for me. Because of my voice range I put a Fret
Bar across the second Fret.

(C) Once I lived a life of (F) wine and (C)Roses.
I (G7) drank a lot back then for one (C) concern.
Success for me lay (F) just around the corner. I
thought my (G7) social friends would help me make
the (C) turn.

CHORUS: (C) Now I’m paying for the (F) days of
wine and (C) and roses. A (G7) victim of the
drunken life I (C) chose. Now all my social
(F) friends look down their (C) noses. Cause I
(G7) kept the wine and through away the (C) rose.

Interlude: (C, F, C, G7, C)

(C) I stood by and watched the (F) bottle take
(C) control of me. The (G7) turn I made was not
the one I (C) planned. And I watched my social
(F) standing slip (C) away from me. While I
(G7) watched the bottle slowly take (C) command.
(repeat chorus)