Old Man chords by Neil Young


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Old Man | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: 6/4 Dm9add4 |4/4 Dsus2 (D Dsus4) :||

Chorus 1

| 6/4 Dm9add4 |4/4 Dsus2 (D Dsus4) |
Old man look at my life I’m a lot like you were.
| 6/4 Dm9add4 |
Old man look at my life I’m a lot like you were.

Instrumental 1

| 4/4 D Fadd9 | C6/9 G5 |
| D Fadd9 | C6/9 Fadd9 |

Verse 1

| D Fadd9 | C6/9 G |
Old man look at my life, twenty-four and there’s so much more.
| D Fadd9 | C Fadd9 |
Live alone in a paradise that makes me think of two.
| D Fadd9 | C6/9 G |
Love lost, such a cost, give me things that don’t get lost.
| D C | F G (A B C) |
Like a coin that won’t get tossed, rolling home to you.

Instrumental 2

| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 G |

Chorus 2

| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 G |
Old man take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you.
| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 G |
I need someone to love me the whole day through.
| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 Cadd9 |
Ah, one look in my eyes and you can tell that’s true.

Instrumental 3

| D Fadd9 | C6/9 G |
| D Fadd9 | C Fadd9 |

Verse 2

| D Fadd9 | C6/9 G |
Lullabies, look in your eyes, run around the same old town.
| D Fadd9 | C Fadd9 |
Doesn’t mean that much to me, to mean that much to you.
| D Fadd9 | C6/9 G |
I’ve been first and last, look at how the time goes past.
| D C | F G (A B C) |
But I’m all alone at last, rolling home to you.

Instrumental 4

| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 G |

Chorus 3

| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 G |
Old man take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you.
| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 G |
I need someone to love me the whole day through.
| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 Cadd9 |
Ah, one look in my eyes and you can tell that’s true.

Instrumental 5

| 6/4 Dm9add4 |4/4 D (Dsus4 Dsus2) |

Outro

| 6/4 Dm9add4 |4/4 D (Dsus4 Dsus2) |
Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you were.
| 6/4 Dm9add4 |
Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you were.

End

| 4/4 D Fadd9 | C6/9 G5 | D |



Old Man Chords: Learn the progressions


Old Man Analysis + TAB

You can describe what Neil Young plays during the intro using chord names, I’ve done it above as:

||: 6/4 Dm9add4 |4/4 Dsus2 (D Dsus4) :||

However, this will only help you if you know exactly how to play it and for that you need TAB, so let’s take a look at this.

Old Man chords and TAB, intro.

Once you’ve got it down, the chord names tell you about the intervals used and serve as a reminder.

This part is also played for the first chorus.

As great as the intro/chorus 1 is, I actually think the verse chords are even better! We now get a D major, not a D minor chord but when the F enters, that suggests it should have been Dm, so clever.

This play between the Dm and D chords is essential in order to fuse the blues with folk music. Also notice how we vary the verse by first going to G (chord IV if D), then F (chord I if in Dm), like this:

| D Fadd9 | C6/9 G |
| D Fadd9 | C Fadd9 |
| D Fadd9 | C6/9 G |
| D C | F G (A B C) |

Members get TAB for the verse which has been somewhat modified to work on just one guitar.

Following the first verse, we get an instrumental section which is the same as the upcoming chorus 2, these are the chords:

||: D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 G :||
| D (Dsus4 Dsus2) | Am7 Em7 Cadd9 |

Members get TAB for this as well which is all you need to play all of Old Man’s chords. Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Old Man – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Old Man is one of Neil Young’s best tunes from his golden era!

One of Neil Young‘s best tunes, Old Man was released in 1972, just after Heart Of Gold and with The Needle And The Damage Done as a B-side!

This must be considered three of the best tunes released in a row by anyone, ever.

Neil’s greatness as a songwriter is clear for everyone to see, once you start really digging into the material, and transcribing this in detail, you’ll discover that this is beyond great, perhaps up there with the best ever.

I have personally found a new level of respect for Neil since I transcribed his, in my opinion, greatest hits.

Following the deep dive into his greatest tunes, I went back and listened to his ’70s albums and was truly blown away, I would advise any aspiring songwriter and/or guitar player to do the same, it’s truly a goldmine.



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There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Old 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 Old Man's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.

Neil Young

Neil Young wrote Old Man.

Neil Young started out with Buffalo Springfield, briefly joined Crosby, Stills & Nash, and collaborated with Pearl Jam but is best known for his solo career.

His best tunes include Harvest Moon, Heart Of Gold, Old Man, The Needle And The Damage Done, My My, Hey Hey, and Like A Hurricane.


Neil Young on the web

Neil Young Official website


Country & Folk

When you can play Old Man, check out 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 wrote this article about Old Man's chords.

This article on Old Man’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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