Little Lion Man chords by Mumford & Sons


Video blocked due to privacy settings

[rcb-consent type=”change” tag=”link” text=”Change privacy settings”]

Little Lion Man | Chords + Lyrics (capo 5)


Intro

||: Am | Am Am7 | C C6 C Csus2 | Csus2 C C6 C Csus2 :|| x4

Verse 1

| Am | Am | C | C |
Weep for yourself, my man, you’ll never be what is in your heart.
| Am | Am | C | C |
Weep, little lion man, you’re not as brave as you were at the start
| G | F C/E | C | C |
Rate yourself and rake yourself, take all the courage you have left
| G | F C/E | C | C |
And waste it on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head

Chorus 1 (hold)

| Am F | C |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| Am F | C |
And it was your heart on the line.
| Am F | C |
I really fucked it up this time.
| G | G |
Didn’t I, my dear? Didn’t I, my.

Instrumental 1

||: Am | Am | C | C :||

Verse 2

| Am | Am | C | C |
Tremble for yourself, my man, you know that you have seen this all before.
| Am | Am | C | C |
Tremble, little lion man, you’ll never settle any of your scores.
| G | F C/E | C | C |
Your grace is wasted in your face, your boldness stands alone among the wreck.
| G | F C/E | C | C |
Now learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own neck.

Chorus 2

| Am F | C |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| Am F | C |
And it was your heart on the line.
| Am F | C |
I really fucked it up this time.
| G | G |
Didn’t I, my dear?

Chorus 3

| Am F | C |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| Am F | C |
And it was your heart on the line.
| Am F | C |
I really fucked it up this time.
| G | G |
Didn’t I, my dear? Didn’t I, my dear?

Instrumental 2

||: Am | Am | C | C :||
||: C | C | F | F :||
||: G | C | F | F :|| x6
Ha-aah, aah, aah, aah, ah.

Chorus 4

| Am N.C | C |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| Am F | C |
And it was your heart on the line.
| Am F | C |
I really fucked it up this time.
| G | G |
Didn’t I, my dear?

Chorus 5

| Am N.C | N.C |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| N.C | N.C |
And it was your heart on the line.
| N.C | N.C |
I really fucked it up this time.
| N.C | N.C | C |
Didn’t I, my dear? Didn’t I, my dear?



Little Lion Man | Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

||: C#m | C#m C#m7 | E E6 E Esus2 | Esus2 E E6 E Esus2 :|| x4

Verse 1

| C#m | C#m | E | E |
Weep for yourself, my man, you’ll never be what is in your heart.
| C#m | C#m | E | E |
Weep, little lion man, you’re not as brave as you were at the start
| B | A E/G# | E | E |
Rate yourself and rake yourself, take all the courage you have left
| B | A E/G# | E | E |
And waste it on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head

Chorus 1

| C#m A | E |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| C#m A | E |
And it was your heart on the line.
| C#m A | E |
I really fucked it up this time.
| B5 | B5 |
Didn’t I, my dear? Didn’t I, my.

Instrumental 1

||: C#m | C#m | E | E :||

Verse 2

| C#m | C#m | E | E |
Tremble for yourself, my man, you know that you have seen this all before.
| C#m | C#m | E | E |
Tremble, little lion man, you’ll never settle any of your scores.
| B | A E/G# | E | E |
Your grace is wasted in your face, your boldness stands alone among the wreck.
| B | A E/G# | E | E |
Now learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own neck.

Chorus 2

| C#m A | E |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| C#m A | E |
And it was your heart on the line.
| C#m A | E |
I really fucked it up this time.
| B5 | B5 |
Didn’t I, my dear?

Chorus 3

| C#m A | E |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| C#m A | E |
And it was your heart on the line.
| C#m A | E |
I really fucked it up this time.
| B5 | B5 |
Didn’t I, my dear? Didn’t I, my dear?

Instrumental 2

||: C#m | C#m | E | E :||
||: E | E | A | A :||
||: B5 | E | A | A :|| x6
Ha-aah, aah, aah, aah, ah.

Chorus 4

| C#m N.C | E |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| C#m A | E |
And it was your heart on the line.
| C#m A | E |
I really fucked it up this time.
| B5 | B5 |
Didn’t I, my dear?

Chorus 5

| C#m N.C | N.C |
But it was not your fault but mine.
| N.C | N.C |
And it was your heart on the line.
| N.C | N.C |
I really fucked it up this time.
| N.C | N.C | E |
Didn’t I, my dear? Didn’t I, my dear?



Little Lion Man Chords: Learn the progressions


Little Lion Man guitar lesson + TAB T

Little Lion Man‘s chords are originally played with a capo on fret 5. Think in the key of Am to get the chords right, using mainly open-position chords.

However, since this is so high up the neck, this requires a bass player to provide the low end and a banjo to give you the characteristic rhythm this tune craves.

Working out exactly how to play Marcus’s guitar part is pointless without these members, very much like Everybody’s Talkin’, the (very) fast guitar part doesn’t work in isolation.

Should you not have these members at hand, I suggest you place a capo on fret 1 instead and think in the key of C#m, playing mainly barre chords, but utilising that low E string as you play the E chord as a C shape and C#m chord as an Am shape.

Doing this will effectively sound the same, but you gain the low, open E string.

Here’s Little Lion Man’s verse chords in Am (capo 5):

||: Am (VI) | Am | C (I) | C :||
||: G (V) | F (IV) C/E (I/3) | C | C :||

And here they are in C#m (capo 1):

||: C#m (VI) | C#m | E (I) | E :||
||: B (V) | A (IV) E/G# (I/3) | E | E :||

Try both and make sure you can see how this is essentially the same thing.

Above, I provide you with both versions. Members get TAB for playing this thinking in the key of C#m/E as I suspect they don’t have a banjo and bass player hanging around either.

Here’s the intro in TAB.

Little Lion Man chords and TAB intro

The C#m becomes a C#m7 before we switch to E and from here we just switch bass notes to achieve the new chord.

Played in the key of Am (capo 5) you’d just play a C shape from the E, very much like it says here, just not using the 6th string.

Members get TAB for all other sections which manipulates the rhythm away from Marcus’s original guitar part to include the bass on the downbeat and the fast banjo rhythm.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Little Lion Man – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Mumford & Sons revived a folk revolution in the U.K. in 2009!

Mumford & Sons burst onto the scene in 2009 with their debut album Sigh No More.

The album as a whole (including the single Little Lion Man), had such an impact that other bands formed in the same style, evoking a folk revival in the U.K. dubbed nu-folk.

Following the popularity of the band, other acts such as Noah And The Whale, Emmy The Great, Laura Marling, King Charles, and Johnny Flynn followed.

Harsh critics dubbed it “broadly speaking, Coldplay with a Banjo” (Evening Standard).

On the other side of the pond, this nu-folk movement had been going on for a bit longer with The Lumineers and Fleet Foxes. The Americans don’t tend to call it nu-folk, they have been given the label indie-folk instead.

If you’re into music history you of course know this genre has been around forever, but still, Mumford & Sons revived it on this little island.

Apparently, nu-folk started in a basement venue in West London called Bosun’s Locker, suitably located beneath a Pastry shop. Very Cornwall, very Pirate, very Sea Shanty.



Little Lion Man Chords | Related Pages


Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Little Lion Man.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Little Lion Man's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Mumford & Sons tunes

Mumford & Sons wrote Little Lion Man.

Formed in 2007, Mumford & Sons released their debut album to critical acclaim in 2009, with an equally well-received follow-up in 2012.

Their biggest tunes include Sigh No More, The Cave, Little Lion Man, and their signature song, I Will Wait.


Mumford & Sons on the web

Listen to Mumford & Sons on Spotify.


Country & Folk

When you can play Little Lion Man, check these Country and Folk tunes as well.

In the primarily acoustic genres of Country & Folk, you must acquire what matters the most: A repertoire. Nothing else will give you the gig.

Learn tunes by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, America, Don McLean, and many more.


About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson on Little Lion Man's chords.

This was a guitar lesson about Little Lion Man chords, by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learn guitar with Spytunes.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.



FOLLOW SPYTUNES

Share this page