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
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
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 F+ is an F augmented chord with the formula 1-3-#5, also written as Faug F6 is an F chord with an added 6th: 1-3-5-6 C7(b9) is a C7 chord with an added flattened 9th: 1-3-5-b7-b9. Same applies to D7(b9) Gm9 is a Gm7 chord with an added 9th: 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 Charts: