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Southern Man Chords And Strumming, Neil Young

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Did You Know? Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote their song Sweet Home Alabama in response to Southern Man. In Southern Man Neil Young sings about the slavery in the industries of the American South and asks 'when will you pay them back?'

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm: Yellow Pick (White Pick when played with the Bass 2 rhythm)

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Django Chords)

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Southern Man Chords And Strumming, Neil Young

​Django Chords:  

Django D chord

Django G chord

Django F chord

Django A chord

Plus Django Bb: xx3333


Key: D minor

Strumming:

"Bass 2":

|D    B    D    D  U  |


"Miss 3":

|D    D           D    |


Tempo: 155bpm


Intro -

||D - - |D - - |Bb - G | - - - - || x2

(Bass 2 /Bass 2Miss 3 / Let ring ) x2

 

Chorus -

||D - - |D - - |F - - |F - - |

 |Bb - - |Bb - - |G - - |G - - || x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x16

 

(D) Southern (D)man
better (F)keep your (F)head
(Bb) Don't for(Bb)get
what your (G) good book (G)said
(D) Southern (D)change
gonna (F) come at (F)last
(Bb) Now your (Bb)crosses
are (G) burning (G)fast


Intro -

||D - - |D - - |Bb - G | - - - - || x2

(Bass 2 /Bass 2Miss 3 / Let ring ) x2


(D)Southern man (D) (Bb)(G) (D) (D)  (Bb)(G)


Verse -

||D - - |D - - |Bb - - |G- - ||  x3

||A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - - ||  x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x20


(D) I saw (D)cotton
and
(Bb) I saw (G)black
(D) tall white (D)mansions
and
(Bb) little shacks (G)
 
(D) Southern (D)man
when will you
(Bb) pay them (G)back?
(A)I heard (A)screamin'
and
(A) bullwhips (A)cracking
(A) How long? (A)How long?

(A) How? (A)


Middle 8 - (solo)

||D - - | - - - - |Bb - G | - - - - || x 18

(Miss 3/Let ringMiss 3 / Let ring ) x18

 

Chorus -

||D - - |D - - |F - - |F - - |

 |Bb - - |Bb - - |G - - |G - - || x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x16

 

(D) Southern (D)man
better (F)keep your (F)head
(Bb) Don't for(Bb)get
what your (G) good book (G)said
(D) Southern (D)change
gonna (F) come at (F)last
(Bb) Now your (Bb)crosses
are (G) burning (G)fast


Intro -

||D - - |D - - |Bb - G | - - - - || x2

(Bass 2 /Bass 2Miss 3 / Let ring ) x2


(D)Southern man (D) (Bb)(G) (D) (D)  (Bb)(G)


Verse 2 -

||D - - |D - - |Bb - - |G - - - ||  x3

||A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - - ||  x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x20


(D) Lily (D)Belle,
your hair is (Bb) golden (G)brown
 (D)I've seen your (D)black man
(Bb) comin' (G)round
(D)Swear by (D)God
I'm gonna (Bb) cut him (G)down!
(A)I heard (A)screamin'
and (A) bullwhips (A)cracking
(A) How long? (A)How long?

(A) How? (A)


Middle 8 - (Fade Out)

||D - - | - - - - |Bb - G | - - - - || x 14

(Miss 3/Let ringMiss 3 / Let ring ) x14

Final Chord Strum: D

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Southern Man Chords And Strumming, Neil Young - Version 1

​​Open Chords:  

Open Dm chord

Open G chord

Django A chord

Plus Bb: xx3330

Open Gm: 3x033x

& Open F∆7: xx3210


Key: D minor

Strumming:

"Bass 2":

|D    B    D    D  U  |


"Miss 3":

|D    D           D    |


Tempo: 155bpm


Intro -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |Bb - Gm | - - - - || x2

( Bass 2 / Bass 2 Miss 3 / Let ring ) x2

 

Chorus -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |F∆7 - - |F∆7 - - |

  |Bb - - |Bb - - |G - - |G - - || x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x16

 

(Dm) Southern (Dm)man
better (F∆7)keep your (F∆7)head
(Bb) Don't for(Bb)get
what your (G) good book (G)said
(Dm) Southern (Dm)change
gonna (F∆7) come at (F∆7)last
(Bb) Now your (Bb)crosses
are (G) burning (G)fast


Intro -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |Bb - Gm | - - - - || x2

( Bass 2 / Bass 2 Miss 3 / Let ring ) x2


(Dm)Southern man (Dm) (Bb)(G) (Dm) (Dm)  (Bb)(G)


Verse -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |Bb - - |Gm - - - ||  x3

||A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - - ||  x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x20


(Dm) I saw (Dm)cotton
and
(Bb) I saw (Gm)black
(Dm) tall white (Dm)mansions
and
(Bb) little shacks (Gm)
 
(Dm) Southern (Dm)man
when will you
(Bb) pay them (Gm)back?
(A)I heard (A)screamin'
and
(A) bullwhips (A)cracking
(A) How long? (A)How long?

(A) How? (A)


Middle 8 - (solo)

||Dm - - | - - - - |Bb - Gm | - - - - || x 18

( Miss 3 /Let ringMiss 3 / Let ring ) x18

 

Chorus -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |F∆7 - - |F∆7 - - |

  |Bb - - |Bb - - |G - - |G - - || x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x16

 

(Dm) Southern (Dm)man
better (F∆7)keep your (F∆7)head
(Bb) Don't for(Bb)get
what your (G) good book (G)said
(Dm) Southern (Dm)change
gonna (F∆7) come at (F∆7)last
(Bb) Now your (Bb)crosses
are (G) burning (G)fast


Intro -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |Bb - G | - - - - || x2

( Bass 2 / Bass 2 Miss 3 / Let ring ) x2


(Dm)Southern man (Dm) (Bb)(G) (Dm) (Dm)  (Bb)(G)


Verse 2 -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |Bb - - |Gm - - - ||  x3

||A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - - ||  x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x20


(Dm) Lily (Dm)Belle,
your hair is (Bb) golden (Gm)brown
 (Dm)I've seen your (Dm)black man
(Bb) comin' (Gm)round
(Dm)Swear by (Dm)God
I'm gonna (Bb) cut him (Gm)down!
(A)I heard (A)screamin'
and (A) bullwhips (A)cracking
(A) How long? (A)How long?

(A) How? (A)


Middle 8 - (Fade Out)

||Dm - - | - - - - |Bb - Gm | - - - - || x 18

Miss 3 /Let ringMiss 3 / Let ring ) x18

Final Chord Strum: Dm

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Southern Man Chords And Strumming, Neil Young - Full

​​Open Chords:  

Open Dm chord

Open G chord

Django A chord

Plus Bb: xx3330

Open Gm: 3x033x

& Open F∆7: xx3210


Key: D minor

Strumming:

"Bass 2":

|D    B    D    D  U  |


"Miss 3":

|D    D           D    |


Tempo: 155bpm


Intro -

 

Chorus -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |F∆7 - - |F∆7 - - |

  |Bb - - |Bb - - |G - - |G - - || x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x16

 

(Dm) Southern (Dm)man
better (F∆7)keep your (F∆7)head
(Bb) Don't for(Bb)get
what your (G) good book (G)said
(Dm) Southern (Dm)change
gonna (F∆7) come at (F∆7)last
(Bb) Now your (Bb)crosses
are (G) burning (G)fast


Intro -


(Dm)Southern man (Dm) (Bb)(G) (Dm) (Dm)  (Bb)(G)


Verse -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |Bb - - |Gm - - - ||  x3

||A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - - ||  x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x20


(Dm) I saw (Dm)cotton
and
(Bb) I saw (Gm)black
(Dm) tall white (Dm)mansions
and
(Bb) little shacks (Gm)
 
(Dm) Southern (Dm)man
when will you
(Bb) pay them (Gm)back?
(A)I heard (A)screamin'
and
(A) bullwhips (A)cracking
(A) How long? (A)How long?

(A) How? (A)


Middle 8 - (solo)

||Dm - - | - - - - |Bb - Gm | - - - - || x 18

( Miss 3 /Let ringMiss 3 / Let ring ) x18

 

Chorus -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |F∆7 - - |F∆7 - - |

  |Bb - - |Bb - - |G - - |G - - || x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x16

 

(Dm) Southern (Dm)man
better (F∆7)keep your (F∆7)head
(Bb) Don't for(Bb)get
what your (G) good book (G)said
(Dm) Southern (Dm)change
gonna (F∆7) come at (F∆7)last
(Bb) Now your (Bb)crosses
are (G) burning (G)fast


Intro -


(Dm)Southern man (Dm) (Bb)(G) (Dm) (Dm)  (Bb)(G)


Verse 2 -

||Dm - - |Dm - - |Bb - - |Gm - - - ||  x3

||A - - |A - - |A - - |A - - - ||  x2

 ( Bass 2 ) x20


(Dm) Lily (Dm)Belle,
your hair is (Bb) golden (Gm)brown
 (Dm)I've seen your (Dm)black man
(Bb) comin' (Gm)round
(Dm)Swear by (Dm)God
I'm gonna (Bb) cut him (Gm)down!
(A)I heard (A)screamin'
and (A) bullwhips (A)cracking
(A) How long? (A)How long?

(A) How? (A)


Middle 8 - (Fade Out)

||Dm - - | - - - - |Bb - Gm | - - - - || x 18

Miss 3 /Let ringMiss 3 / Let ring ) x18

Final Chord Strum: Dm

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