Old Man Chord Chart by Neil Young

Welcome to my Old Man chord chart by Neil Young. Very cool song with some fairly simple chords, with the exception of the F chord, and a repetitive chord progression.

I really like Neil’s stuff for teaching beginner to beginner intermediate players as there’s always cool things to learn and embellish. This song uses a lot of 1/2 measures, so counting is very important to stay in time with the song.

If you are a beginner player and are not using barre chords, do not fret. You can use the Fmaj7 chord pictured below the strumming pattern as an easy fix until you become a more intermediate player and play barre chords. The timing may be a little tricky for the early stage beginners. So feel free to come back once your rhythm and timing has improved.

Now obviously this song has a pretty intricate strumming and picking pattern that we are not going to over here. I have listed a more simplified pattern that works well for this song below

Strumming 1:
1 2 + 3 4+
D DU D DU

Strumming 2:
1 + 2 +a 3 + 4 + a
B B D DU B B D DU

Chorus: |Am7 Em7 G| part

Line this up with the lyric using down strums,

|Am7 Em7 G|
A lot like you

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Old Man Chord Chart

By Neil Young

Intro:
F F F(1/2) D D
F F F(1/2) D D

F
Old man look at my life,
|F D | D (1/2)
I'm a lot like you were.
F
Old man look at my life,
|F D | F (1/2)
I'm a lot like you were.

| C G | D F | C F |

|D F|
Old man look at my life,
|C G|
Twenty-four and there's so much more
|G F|
Live alone in a paradise
| C F|
That makes me think of two.

|D F|
Love lost, such a cost,
|C G|
Give me things that don't get lost.
|D C |
Like a coin that won't get tossed
|F G|
Rolling home to you.

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Chorus:
D | Am7 Em7 G |

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

| D F | C G | D F | C F |

Verse:
|D F |
Lullabies, look in your eyes,
|C G|
Run around the same old town.
|D F|
Doesn't mean that much to me
|C F |
To mean that much to you.

|D F |
I've been first and last
|C G |
Look at how the time goes past.
|D C|
But I'm all alone at last.
|F G|
Rolling home to you.

Chorus:
D | Am7 Em7 G |

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

D F D (1/2)

F
Old man look at my life,
|F D | D 1/2
I'm a lot like you were.
F
Old man look at my life,
|F D | F (1/2)
I'm a lot like you were.

| C G | D (hold)

 

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This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

 

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