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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

             132

    D:    xx0232

          134211

    F:    133211

           12

    Em:   022000

           123

    A:   x02220

               134

    Dsus4:  xx0233

               13

    Dsus2:  xx0230

           231

    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

     

    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

     

            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.