Oh Very Young

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Learn how to play Oh Very Young on guitar.

 

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Oh Very Young Tab

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A

D E F#m D E
Oh very young what will you leave us this time
E7 A D
You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while
E
and though your dreams may toss and turn you now
A D A
they will vanish away like your Dad’s best jeans demin blue.
D A D
fading up to the sky
A A7/C# D B E
and though you want him to last for ever you know he never will.

you know he never will,
E7/G# A
and the patches make the Goodbye harder still.

E A E A

D E F#m D E
Oh very young what will you leave us this time
A D
There’ll never be a better chance to change your mind
E
and if you want this world to see a better day
A D A
will you carry the words of love with you
D A D
will you ride the great white bird into heaven
A A7/C# D B E
and though you want to last for ever you know you never will.

you know you never will,
E7/G# A
and the goodbye makes the journey harder still.

E A A D E D E A D E

A D A D
will you carry the word of love with you
D
will you ride

A A7/C# D B E A/C# Bm E A E A E A
Oh

D E F#m D E
Oh very young what will you leave us this time
E7/G# A D
You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while
E A
Oh very young what will you leave us this time

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Learn How To Play Cat Stevens: Oh Very Young Guitar Chords

“Oh Very Young” is one of the most popular songs by Cat Stevens. Released in 1974 on the Buddha and the Chocolate Box album, it has stood the test of time as a folk rock classic. It is both a live staple as well as a commonly covered song given its accessible arrangement and relatively easy going melody. When it comes to guitar, a lot of people learn on acoustics with a lot of chord strumming. This song by Stevens shows exactly what you can actually do with that in a musical technique.

All considered, “Oh Very Young” is of moderate difficulty on guitar. You will need to expand a bit beyond the most basic chord shapes, but for the most part you’ll be switching between E, A, and D. The tempo is upbeat, to a certain extent, but certainly not too fast to keep up with.

The song cycles through a specific set of chord changes that will start off with a standard A for a few measures in the beginning. The next few changes come quickly, shifting into E, F sharp major (a bar chord shape with the entire 2nd fret covered and the 4th fret played on the A and D strings), D, back to E, and then into E7 (all open strings except for 2nd fret and 1st fret on A and G, respectively.) It sounds trickier than it really is. That’s only the beginning however.

oh very young guitar tab

The next set of changes is a bit exhaustive. It goes:

1 – A, D, E

2 – A, D, A

3 – D, A, D

4 – A, A7 (open on the top 5 strings except for the 1st and 2nd frets on D and B), D

5 – B7 (2nd, 1st, 3rd, and 4th frets on A, D, G, and high E, with an open B), E, E7

The cycle finally wraps up with a return to A, which is also continued as it begins again. These chords played in this exact pattern make up the entirety of the song, and its overall length is quite short. If you find that you’re having difficult playing along, you can always try slowing the song down with audio software such as Audacity: a program that is completely free to use. Youtube uploads of the song can also be slowed down by half now without any change in pitch, so use that to your advantage!

You can also play this song with a capo along the 7th fret, but the positions of the chords become a bit more complicated for the most part. See how well you can do by playing along by using the chords above. Once you have this song in your back pocket, you’ll be able to whip it out anytime you’re on an acoustic. You’ll be sure to please many a crowd with this one, and again, it’s a fantastic way to show off how effective simple chord changes can be when it comes to writing songs.