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Be Yourself (1971 demo version)

Graham Nash


All chords played for two measures unless otherwise noted.

Guitar tuned down a whole step in original recording.

Whenever moving to C/G, hammer-on the 2nd and 4th strings on the "and of 1".


Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

      3 2 14

C/G:  3x2013


D:    xx0232


F:    133211


Em:   022000


A:   x02220


Dsus4:  xx0233


Dsus2:  xx0230


Am:  x02210






        D   D U D U    > = accent

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 +



Intro:  / G - - / C/G - - / x6


G                                       D

How does it feel when life doesn't seem real

                   F                            G (1)        C/G (1)

And you're floating about on your own

 G                                 D

Life seems uncertain, so you draw the curtain

      F                                         G

Pretending there's nobody home

                D                     F

Don't theorize, look in your eyes

                        G                          Em

They can't tell lies, though you disguise what you see

A                  D (1)    Dsus4 (1)   D (1)   Dsus2 (1)

   Your reality


         G                           D

We needed a savior and by our behavior

       F                                            G (1)     C/G (1)   G (1)     C/G (1)

The ones that were worth it are gone

       G                                    D

But songbirds are talking and runners are walking

      F                                   G

A prodigal son's coming home

                D                    F

Don't theorize, look in his eyes

                             G                     Em

and they won't tell lies, but if he defies what you see

A                      D (1)    Dsus4 (1)   D (1)   Dsus2 (1)

    Here is a key



G          Am

Be yourself, why don't you

  D (1)    Dsus4 (1)   D (1)   Dsus2 (1)

Be        your     -    self,     c'mon and

G          Am

Be yourself, why don't you

D (1)    Dsus4 (1)   D (1)   Dsus2 (1)



        G                           D

He needed a tutor, so built a computer

          F                                    G (1)        C/G (1)      G (1)        C/G (1)

And programmed himself not to see

         G                                 D

The truth and the lying, the dead or the dying

          F                          G

There is only one way to be

                    D                          F

So don't theorize, look in his eyes

                        G                                 Em

Are they telling lies, the ones that you see on T.V.?

A                                 D (1)    Dsus4 (1)   D (1)   Dsus2 (1)

     So you want to be free?


Outro Chorus:

G          Am

Be yourself, why don't you

  D (1)    Dsus4 (1)   D (1)   Dsus2 (1)

Be        your     -    self,     c'mon and

G          Am

Be yourself, why don't you

D (1)    Dsus4 (1)   D (1)   Dsus2 (1)

Be        your     -    self, 


Repeat Outro Chorus


End on G




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.