Alone Again (Naturally) chords

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
  • Chords: F, F6, Fmaj7, Faug, Am, Am7b5, E7, Gm, Gm7, Gm7b5, Gm9, Ab, D7, D7b9, Dm, Dsus2, Dm7b5, Eb7, C/G, C7, C7b9, 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 below.
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
F Major F6 Fmaj7 F+ Am Am7b5 E7 Gm Gm7 Gm7b5 Gm9 Ab Major D7 D7b9 Dm Dsus2 Dm7b5 Eb7 C/G C7 C7b9 Bm7b5
F Major F6 Fmaj7 F+ Am Am7b5 E7 Gm Gm7 Gm7b5 Gm9 Ab Major D7 D7b9 Dm Dsus2 Dm7b5 Eb7 C/G C7 C7b9 Bm7b5

Alone Again (Naturally)

Capo on 1st fret if playing with the video
Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
              F    F6    Dsus2     Dm    Gm9     C7     F
Intro: 4/4 ‖    –     |        –      |      –      |       ‖

   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                  Faug
   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                D7b9    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                   Faug
   And with-out so much    As a mere touch 
            F6            Bm7b5  E7
   Threw me in-to lit-tle piec - es
   Am                             Am7b5           D7b9    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           C7b9            F
   A-lone a-gain        Nat-ur-al-ly

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?  -     |

         Fmaj7   F6    Am     Am7b5     Am7b5   D7     Gm7    Gm7b5
Instr: |       –    |       |         |       –     |       |        |

          F     Faug     F6   Bm7b5  E7
       |     –        |     /           |

          Am       Am7b5   D7     Gm     Gm7b5   Fmaj7   F6   Am   D7  
       |       |         -     |       |       |       -    |    –    |

         Gm           C7b9            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                       Faug
   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           D7b9    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           C7b9             F
   A-lone a-gain         Nat-ur-al-ly
     Gm           C7b9   C7        F
   A-lone a-gain         Nat-ur-al-ly

Calculating the less common chords:

  • You will notice a few m7b5 or half-diminished seventh chords: 1-b3-b5-b7
  • Faug is an F augmented chord with the formula 1-3-#5, also written as F+
  • F6 is an F chord with an added 6th: 1-3-5-6
  • C7b9 is a C7 chord with an added flattened 9th: 1-3-5-b7-b9.
  • Same applies to D7b9
  • Gm9 is a Gm7 chord with an added 9th: 1-3-5-b7-9
Chord 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# 1-b3-b5-b7 B-D-F-A
Dm7b5 D-E-F#-G-A-B-C# 1-b3-b5-b7 D-F-Ab-C
Gm7b5 G-A-B-C-D-E-F# 1-b3-b5-b7 G-Bb-Db-F
Faug 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
C7b9 C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C-D 1-3-5-b7-b9 C-E-G-Bb-Db
D7b9 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
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