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 with the chord charts below.

Alone Again (Naturally)

Capo on 1st fret if playing with the video
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              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

Chord Charts 🗝 F Major

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

Right Handed Charts:

Please Note: The following is a calculation of 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

Calculating these chords:

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

Left Handed Charts:

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