John Prine - If I Could Lyrics




If I could make my living going fishing
Then I would make my living with a line and pole
Put food on the table pay the money to the landlord
Buy some working clothes
Cause I ain't making money going fishing Like I'm paid at the factory
If I could pay all these bills with my guitar
Then I would pay these bills with some rock and roll
Put food on the table pay the money to the landlord
Buy some working clothes
Cause I ain't making money playing guitar Like I'm paid at the factory

[Chorus:]
Now if I could (if I could)
Then I would (then I would)
Make money doing something that I love
I'd thank my lucky stars above
If I could just get by loving you dear
Then I would just get by making love to you
Put food on the table pay the money to the landlord
Buy some working clothes
Cause I ain't making money making love
Like I'm paid at the factory

[Chorus]

If I could make my living going fishing
Then I would make my living with a line and pole
Put food on the table pay the money to the landlord
Buy some working clothes
Cause I ain't making money going fishing
Like I'm paid at the factory

[Chorus]

If I could just get by loving you dear
Then I would just get by making love to you
Put food on the table pay the money to the landlord
Buy some working clothes
Cause I ain't making money making love
Like I'm paid at the factory
Put food on the table pay the money to the landlord
Buy some working clothes
Cause I ain't making money making love
Like I'm paid at the factory
Put food on the table pay the money to the landlord
Buy some working clothes
Cause I ain't making money making love
Like I'm paid at the factory





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  1. Edward Pasby

    Cool song. I can relate

  2. Dan Marshall

    I believe Tim Carroll wrote this song, not John Prine...

  3. Cactass Dupree

    O.K. I DECLARE MR.JOHN PRINE a National Treasure. an ole J.P. lovin man

  4. Stephen B Antonakos

    Tim Carroll did indeed write this song. He and I were in a band called the Blue Chieftains who recorded this in the late 80s. John Prine used our arrangement too. Pretty cool.

  5. Timberbanktunes

    @pappymcdamnit This song was from John's Live on Tour CD from the mid 90's. Tim Carroll is credited as the songwritter.

  6. pappymcdamnit

    Do you know if he wrote this song?