Alone Again (Naturally) chords & lyrics

by Gilbert O'Sullivan

  • Alone Again (Naturally) was written by Irish singer-songwriter, Gilbert O'Sullivan. The single was released Feb 18, 1972 in the UK, and May 1972 in the US.
  • Music: F Major in 4/4 time at ~ 86 bpm (slow 4 double time feel).
  • Chords: F, F6, Fmaj7, F+, Am, Am7b5, E7, Gm, Gm7, Gm7b5, Gm9, Ab, D7, D7(b9), Dm, Dsus2, Dm7b5, Eb7, C/G, C7, C7(b9), Bm7b5.
  • Level Of Ease: Intermediate - there are some pretty testing chords in this song. If you are a beginner and feel comfortable with the essential open chords, learn how to play barre chords and re-visit this song. Calculations and formulas of the less common chords can be found with the chord charts below.

Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan

Capo on the 1st Fret if playing with the video.

Intro: 4/4  || F  – F6  | Dsus2  –  Dm  | Gm9  –  C7  |   F   ||

  Fmaj7                    F6            Am    
1. In a lit-tle while from now___ If I’m not feel-ing an-y less sour
     Am7b5                                                       D7
   I prom-ise my-self___ To treat myself___ And vi-sit a near-by to-wer
        Gm7                       Gm7b5
   And climb-ing to the top___ To throw my-self off
         F                   F+
   In an ef-fort to make it clear to who-e-ver
    F6                        Bm7b5   E7
   What it’s like when you’re shat - tered
         Am                            Am7b5                D7(b9)  D7
   Left stand-ing in the lurch___ At a church where peop-le say  -  ing
      Gm                                         Gm7b5
  “My God that’s tough___ She stood him up___ No point in us re-main-ing
     Fmaj7            F6         Am          D7
   We may as well go home”___ As I did on my own
      Gm          C7b9          F
   A-lone a-gain___   Nat-ur-al-ly

      Fmaj7                    F6            Am
2. To think that on-ly yes-ter-day___ I was cheer-ful bright and gay
           Am7b5                                                     D7
   Look-ing for-ward to___ Would-n’t do?___The role I was a-bout to play
          Gm7                      Gm7b5
   But as if to knock me down___ Re-al-i-ty came a-round
             F                   F+
   And with-out so much___ As a mere touch 
            F6            Bm7b5  E7
   Threw me in-to lit-tle piec - es
    Am                            Am7b5           D7(b9)  D7
   Leav-ing me to doubt___ Talk a-bout God in his mer  -  cy
       Gm                          Gm7b5
   Who if He rea-lly does ex-ist___ Why did He de-sert me
  Fmaj7           F6       Am            D7
   In my hour of need___ I tru-ly am in-deed
      Gm          C7(b9)          F
   A-lone a-gain___     Nat-ur-al-ly

            Ab
Bridge: It seems to me that there are more hearts 
     Eb7                                  Gm7b5  -  C7
        Bro-ken in the world that can’t be mend-ed 
                    Ab   -  Dm7b5
        Left un-at-tend-ed
                   C/G             | Gm7  - C7  |    
        What do we do?___ What do we do?


Instr: | Fmaj7 – F6 |  Am   | Am7b5   | Am7b5 – D7  |  Gm7  | Gm7b5   |
       |    F – F+  |  F6 / Bm7b5  E7 |
       |  Am   |  Am7b5 - D7  |   Gm  | Gm7b5  | Fmaj7 - F6 | Am – D7 |
          Gm          C7(b9)          F
       A-lone a-gain___     Nat-ur-al-ly

   Fmaj7                    F6           Am
3. Look-ing back ov-er the years___ And what-ev-er else that ap-pears
       Am7b5                                                            D7
   I re-mem-ber I cried when my father died, never wishing to hide the tears
          Gm7                         Gm7b5
   And at six-ty five years old___ My Moth-er God rest her soul
             F                       F+
   Could-n’t un-der-stand___ Why the on-ly man
           F6                  Bm7b5  E7
   She had ev-er loved had been ta -  ken
    Am                             Am7b5           D7(b9)  D7
   Leav-ing her to start___ With a heart so bad-ly brok  - en
        Gm                                 Gm7b5
   Des-pite en-cour-age-ment from me___ No words were ev-er spok-en
  Fmaj7               F6        Am                 D7
   When she pas-sed a-way___ I cried and cried all day
      Gm          C7(b9)           F
   A-lone a-gain___      Nat-ur-al-ly
      Gm          C7(b9) C7        F
   A-lone a-gain___      Nat-ur-al-ly

F Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
(?) - any number in a bracket is an optional note
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
1's in the same column: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
2's in the same column: Barre 2nd finger over marked strings

 Right Handed Chord Tabs
          F               F6              Fmaj7             F+               Am              Am7b5 
   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|
   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|-4-|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|-2-|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|
   G|-1-|-2-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-3-|---|   G|---|---|---|
   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|---|---|-3-|   D|---|---|-3-|   D|---|---|-3-|   D|---|-2-|---|   D|-2-|---|---|
   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|
   E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3 

         E7           Gm               Gm7               Gm7b5               Gm9              Ab
   e|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|---|   e|(1)|---|-4-|   e|-1-|---|---|
   B|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|-4-|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|
   G|-1-|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|-2-|---|
   D|---|---|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|-1-|---|---|   D|-1-|---|---|---|   D|-1-|---|---|   D|-1-|---|-4-|
   A|---|-2-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|-2-|---|---|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|
   E|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|
Frets 1   2        3   4   5        3   4   5        3   4   5   6        3   4   5        4   5   6 

          D7                D7(b9)               Dm                Dsus2             Dm7b5
    e|---|-3-|---|     e|(1)|-4-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|-3-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|(1)|-2-|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          4   5   6          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3


          Eb7                C/G                C7               C7(b9)             Bm7b5 
    e|---|---|-4-|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|-2-|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|-4-|     B|---|---|(4)|
    G|---|---|-3-|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|-4-|     G|---|---|-3-|     G|---|-3-|---|
    D|-1-|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|-4-|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|-2-|     A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-3-|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 


Please Note: The following is a calculation of the less common chords
You will notice a few m7b5 or half-diminished seventh chords - formula: 1-b3-b5-b7
F+ is an F augmented chord with the formula 1-3-#5, also written as Faug
F6 is an F chord an added 6th - formula: 1-3-5-6
C7(b9) is a C7 chord with an added flattened 9th, formula 1-3-5-b7-b9.
Same applies to D7(b9) 
Gm9 is a Gm7 chord with an added 9th - formula: 1-3-5-b7-9

Calculating these chords:
          Tonic Scale         Formula      Result
Am7b5  A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#     1-b3-b5-b7    A-C-Eb-G
Bm7b5  B-C#-D#-E-F#-G#-A#       "         B-D-F-A
Dm7b5  D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#          "         D-F-Ab-C
Gm7b5  G-A-B-C-D-E-F#           "         G-Bb-Db-F

F+     F-G-A-Bb-C-D-E       1-3-#5        F-A-C#
F6     F-G-A-Bb-C-D-E       1-3-5-6       F-A-C-D

C7(b9) C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-D    1-3-5-b7-b9   C-E-G-Bb-Db

D7(b9) D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#-D-E  1-b3-b5-b7    D-F#-A-C-Eb

Gm9    G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G-A   1-3-5-b7-9    G-Bb-D-F-A


Left Handed Chord Tabs
       F               F6              Fmaj7             F+               Am              Am7b5
 |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e
 |---|---|-1-|B   |-4-|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|-2-|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B
 |---|-2-|-1-|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-3-|---|G   |---|-3-|---|G   |---|---|---|G
 |-4-|---|-1-|D   |-3-|---|---|D   |-3-|---|---|D   |-1-|---|---|D   |---|-2-|---|D   |---|---|-2-|D
 |-3-|---|-1-|A  x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A
 |---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1  Frets


      E7           Gm               Gm7               Gm7b5               Gm9              Ab
 |---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|-1-|e   |-4-|---|(1)|e   |---|---|-1-|e
 |---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |-4-|---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B
 |---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G
 |---|---|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |---|---|-1-|D   |---|---|---|-1-|D   |---|---|-1-|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D
 |-2-|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |---|---|-2-|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A
 |---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E
   2   1        5   4   3        5   4   3        6   5   4   3        5   4   3        6   5   4  Frets

      D7                D7(b9)              Dm                Dsus2              Dm7b5
 |---|-3-|---|e     |---|-4-|(1)|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e
 |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B
 |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-3-|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G
 |---|---|---|D     |---|---|-1-|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|(1)|A    x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A
x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1          6   5   4          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets

      Eb7                C/G                C7                C7(b9)             Bm7b5
 |-4-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e
 |---|-2-|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |-4-|---|---|B     |(4)|---|---|B
 |-3-|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |-4-|---|---|G     |-3-|---|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G
 |---|---|-1-|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|---|---|D
x|---|---|---|A     |-4-|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A     |-2-|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
x|---|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets
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