Rich Men North Of Richmond chords


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Rich Men North Of Richmond | Chords + Lyrics (capo 3)


Verse 1 (breakdown)

| Em | C |
I’ve been sellin’ my soul, workin’ all day.
| G | D5 (D6) |
Overtime hours for bullshit pay.
| Em | C | (start strumming)
So I can sit out here and waste my life away.
| G | D5 (D6) |
Drag back home and drown my troubles away.

Verse 2

| Em | C |
It’s a damn shame what the world’s gotten to.
| G | D5 (D6) |
For people like me and people like you.
| Em | C |
Wish I could just wake up and it not be true.
| G (G5) | D5 (D6) |
But it is, oh, it is.

Chorus

| Em | C |
Livin’ in the new world.
| G | D5 (D6) |
With an old soul.
| Em | C |
These rich men north of Richmond.
| G | D5 (D6) |
Lord knows they all just wanna have total control.
| Em | C |
Wanna know what you think, wanna know what you do.
| G | D5 (D6) |
And they don’t think you know, but I know that you do.
| Em | C |
‘Cause your dollar ain’t shit and it’s taxed to no end.
| G | D5 (D6) |
‘Cause of rich men north of Richmond.

Instrumental

| Em7 | C | G | D5 (Dadd4) |

Verse 3

| Em | C |
I wish politicians would look out for miners.
| G | D5 |
And not just minors on an island somewhere.
| Em | C |
Lord, we got folks in the street, ain’t got nothin’ to eat.
| G | D5 (D6) |
And the obese milkin’ welfare.

Verse 4

| Em | C |
Well, God, if you’re 5-foot-3 and you’re 300 pounds.
| G | D5 |
Taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds.
| Em | C |
Young men are puttin’ themselves six feet in the ground.
| G | D5 | D5 |
‘Cause all this damn country does is keep on kickin’ them down.

Verse 5

| Em | C |
Lord, it’s a damn shame what the world’s gotten to.
| G | D5 (D6) |
For people like me and people like you.
| Em | C |
Wish I could just wake up and it not be true.
| G | D5 (D6) |
But it is, oh, it is.

Chorus

| Em | C |
Livin’ in the new world.
| G | D5 (D6) |
With an old soul.
| Em | C |
These rich men north of Richmond.
| G | D5 (D6) |
Lord knows they all just wanna have total control.
| Em | C | (breakdown)
Wanna know what you think, wanna know what you do.
| G5 | D5 |
And they don’t think you know, but I know that you do.
| Em7 | C |
‘Cause your dollar ain’t shit and it’s taxed to no end.
| G | D5 (D6) |
‘Cause of rich men north of Richmond.

Instrumental 2

| Em | C | G | D5 (D6) |
| Em | C | G | D5 |

Outro

| Em | C |
I’ve been sellin’ my soul, workin’ all day.
| G5 | D5 (D6) | Em |
Overtime hours for bullshit pay.


Rich Men North Of Richmond chords and progression (lesson preview)

Rich Men North Of Richmond chord analysis and TAB

Based on the chord progression VI – IV – I – V, using only simple open-position chords with classic extensions, it is the lyrics and honesty of the vocal performance that is allowed to shine.

What Oliver Anthony has done is placed a capo on fret 5, but his guitar is not in standard tuning, so if yours is, you need to place it on fret 3 and play these basic chords on a loop:

||: Em | C | G | D5 :||

It’s the extensions that make it an interesting guitar part, and as this can only be described accurately using TAB, you have to have that first.

Once you know how to apply the chord licks to Rich Men North Of Richmond‘s chords, you can use just the chords and lyrics above to remind you of when to add what lick.

Members get the TAB for exactly how to play this future folk/country classic. Here’s a link (members only): Rich Men North Of Richmond, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Is Rich Men North Of Richmond the song of 2023?

Oliver Anthony may have written the Song of 2023 with his straight-to-the-point, super-honest Rich Men North Of Richmond. Well, I thought so until The Beatles came back and released Now And Then!

An overnight worldwide success thanks to the internet and its heavyweight personalities Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson, Oliver Anthony became a household name only a few weeks after the release.

At Spytunes, we have known for a long time that the secret behind every famous artist or band is their tunes, and in the case of Rich Men North Of Richmond, this has never been more obvious.

Recorded in the simplest way possible, Oliver Anthony has some tunes out there that were captured on his phone. He then uploaded the video to YouTube, ripped the audio from the video, and released that on Spotify!

This total lack of respect for the industry standard actually works in his favour as he sings about being a normal, ordinary, poor person, it feels more authentic simply because it is.

It has always been the case that what is most important for an artist is to have something to say.

Personally, I do my best to forget this bleedingly obvious fact every time I buy another pedal or expensive guitar, how about you?


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