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Verse:
  Ab                      Eb
I once thought of love as a prison,
    Db                  Ab
A place I didn't want to be,
Bbm            Ab
So long ago, I made a decision
       Bbm               Eb
To be footloose and fancy-free.
    Ab                   Eb
But you came and I was so tempted,
   Db                     Ab
To gamble on love just one time,
   Bbm          Ab
I never thought, I would get caught,
    Bbm                  Eb
It seemed like the perfect crime.

Chorus:
Db                Ab
Baby you left me defenseless,
Db               Ab
I've only got one plea,
Bbm             Ab
Lock me away, inside of your love,
     Bbm            Eb
And throw away the key.
    Db
I'm guilty,
    Eb                Ab
Of love in the first degree.

Verse:
Ab                     Eb
I thought it would be so simple,
      Db               
Like a thousand times before,
   Bbm                   Ab
I'd take what I wanted, and just walk away,
      Bbm               Eb
But I never made it to the door.
     Ab                      Eb
Now babe I'm not begging for mercy,
     Db                        Ab
Go ahead and throw the book at me,
   Bbm                Ab
If loving you's a crime, I know that I'm
   Bbm                Eb
As guilty as a man can be.

Chorus:
Db                Ab
Baby you left me defenseless,
Db               Ab
I've only got one plea,
Bbm             Ab
Lock me away, inside of your love,
     Bbm            Eb
And throw away the key.
    Db
I'm guilty,
    Eb                Ab
Of love in the first degree.

       Db          Ab
Outro:  Love in the first degree.

- repeat Chorus and Outro, fade out -    
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