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Neil Young chords for Rockin in the free world

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You can skip the instructions right into the lyrics/chords but note
that Neil plays A chord diagramE minor 7Em7 (add your pinky on the A chord diagramD MajorD on the second string) in
the verses instead of the A chord diagramE minorEm at the beginning of each line, and that he
plays A chord diagramC majorC and A chord diagramCadd9Cadd9 in the chorus instead the A chord diagramC majorC here. Enjoy, ameen.

This is the acoustic version of "Rockin' In The Free World" from
Neil Young's "Freedom Album", 1989.

This is a great song, (and the second one I ever learned), not difficult to
play and a great strumming exercise for beginners (information is included
about nearly every beat of the measure).
INTRO and VERSES:
-----------------
For the verses you basically need: Em, A chord diagramD MajorD and A chord diagramC majorC
but the strumming pattern and fretting actually
involve a G. Here's how to strum the A chord diagramE minorEm measure
(intro and verse alike):

A chord diagramE minorEm
|
(1 +  2  +  3  +  4  +)
DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP
A chord diagramBB  -  $  $  -  $  $  $

Meaning it is an A chord diagramE minorEm chord for the whole measure,
play only the bass note (the A chord diagramE MajorE string) on the first
beat (indicated by the 'B' -from Bass- above), the '-' means don't
strum on the strings and a '$' means play the chord indicated
above (A chord diagramE minorEm in this case).

The A chord diagramD MajorD and A chord diagramC majorC measure is strummed as follows:
A chord diagramD MajorD     N  A chord diagramC majorC           N
|     |  |           |
DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP
$  $  $  $  -  $  $  $

Meaning play a A chord diagramD MajorD chord for the first beat then on the
down stroke of the second beat hit the strings without
any fretting (indicated by 'N' above), this would actually
sound as a A chord diagramG+G (especially that you're most likely to hit only
the D, G, A chord diagramBB and A chord diagramE MajorE strings). Then directly play a A chord diagramC majorC chord on
the up-stroke of the second beat (in fact you'd ready your fingers
for the A chord diagramC majorC chord while hitting the "G chord"). The same trick is
done at the last up-stroke of the 4th beat where you, again, play the
open strings just before hitting the bass of the A chord diagramE minorEm chord of the
following measure (as indicated in the A chord diagramE minorEm measure).

CHORUS:
--------
As for the chorus: it is G, D, A chord diagramC majorC and A chord diagramE minorEm which is easy to play:

The 3 measures of A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramD MajorD and A chord diagramC majorC are the same:

G/D/C
|
DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP
$  - ($) $  -  $  $  $

The ($) means optional. In fact you'd interleave all kinds of strumming
patterns here.

The last measure (4th) of each line in the chorus goes like this:

A chord diagramC majorC        A chord diagramE minorEm
|        |
DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP
$  $  $  $  -  $  $  $

Here you'd notice that in fact you'd naturally hammer on
the A chord diagramE minorEm on the upstroke of the 2nd beat.

Between chorus and verses:
---------------------------------
Basically 4 measures of A chord diagramA augmentedA (interleaved with A chord diagramA7A7) anyways if you want
to get a flavor of how it is played (read I play it ;-):

1)                       2)
A chord diagramA augmentedA              A chord diagramA7A7        A chord diagramA7A7          A chord diagramA augmentedA        A chord diagramA7A7
|              |         |           |        |
DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP  DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP
$  -  $  -  $  $  $  $   -  $  $  $  $  $  $  $

3)                       4)
A chord diagramA7A7          A chord diagramA augmentedA        A chord diagramA7A7  A chord diagramA7A7    A chord diagramA augmentedA
|           |        |   |     |
DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP  DN UP DN UP DN UP DN UP
-  $  $  $  $  $  $  $   -  $  $  -  $  -  $  -

The second time the bridge is played a different pattern is used
but who cares (I'm tired of typing ;-).

VERSION and NOTES:
------------------
1) BTW I have 3 versions of the song, 2 electric (from Freedom and Weld)
and one acoustic, this is the acoustic version from Neil Young's "Freedom"
album.
2) Note though that he plays it by tuning all the strings one WHOLE NOTE
down: (A chord diagramE MajorE A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramBB A chord diagramE MajorE -> A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramFF A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramD MajorD). Except this, he seems to add
a A chord diagramD MajorD note on the second string when playing the A chord diagramE minorEm making it an A chord diagramE minor 7Em7
(or actually, in his tuning, a A chord diagramC majorC note when playing A chord diagramDmDm) but that's a minor
detail and it sounds just beautiful with the Em.
3) The acoustic version has only 2 verses while the "plugged" ;-) ones
contain one additional verse. I have included it here too.

Sounds complicated? not really.


ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD
Neil Young - Freedom


Intro: A chord diagramE minorEm A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC (4 times in total)


Verse1:
A chord diagramE minorEm                     A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC
Colours on ...
    A chord diagramE minorEm                 A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC
Red white ...
       A chord diagramE minorEm                    A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC
People shufflin' ...
       A chord diagramE minorEm                      A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC
People sleepin' ...
              A chord diagramE minorEm                  A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramC majorC
But there's a warnin' sign ...
          A chord diagramE minorEm                           A chord diagramD MajorD           A chord diagramC majorC
There's a lot of people ...
      A chord diagramE minorEm                  A chord diagramD MajorD       A chord diagramC majorC
Don't feel like Satan ...
     A chord diagramE minorEm                  A chord diagramD MajorD      A chord diagramC majorC
so I try to forget it ...


CHORUS:
-------
A chord diagramG+G         A chord diagramD MajorD                        A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramE minorEm
  KEEP ON ROCKIN' ...
A chord diagramG+G         A chord diagramD MajorD                        A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramE minorEm
  KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN ...
A chord diagramG+G         A chord diagramD MajorD                        A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramE minorEm
  KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN ...
A chord diagramG+G         A chord diagramD MajorD                        A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramE minorEm
  KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN ...

A(7) x4 (interleave A chord diagramA augmentedA with A chord diagramA7A7)
A chord diagramE minorEm A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC x4 (just like in the intro)


Verse2:
I see a girl in the ....

KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD x 4 times
A(7) x4 (interleave A chord diagramA augmentedA with A chord diagramA7A7)
A chord diagramE minorEm A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC x4


Verse3 (not included in the acoustic version):
We got a thousand points of ....

KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD x 4 times
A(7) x4 (interleave A chord diagramA augmentedA with A chord diagramA7A7)
A chord diagramE minorEm A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramC majorC x4


		  Rockin' In the Free World - Neil Young

		Figured out by Brian Dawson (dawsob@rpi.edu)
Progression:

Intro: 		A chord diagramE5E5 (0799xxx)     A chord diagramD MajorD (x577xx)    A chord diagramC majorC (x355xx)

Verses:	   A chord diagramE minorEm    A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramC majorC    (standard position)

        A chord diagramE minorEm                     A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramC majorC
There's colors on ....

          A chord diagramE minor 7Em7                          A chord diagramD MajorD          A chord diagramC majorC
There's a warning      sign     on the road      ....

*****

A chord diagramG+G            A chord diagramD MajorD                          A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramC majorC+9 A chord diagramE minorEm A chord diagramG+G
     Keep on Rockin' in ...
                   X  4
*****

   A chord diagramA augmentedA  ... (INTRO)   X 4  ...

          A chord diagramE minorEm                 A chord diagramD MajorD      A chord diagramC majorC
There's a woman in the .....

          A chord diagramE minorEm                            A chord diagramD MajorD             A chord diagramC majorC
  Now she puts the kid away and she's   gone.....

****
A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramD MajorD                         A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramC majorC+9 A chord diagramE minorEm A chord diagramG+G
    Keep on rockin' in the free world
		X   4
****

We got a thousand points of ....

          A chord diagramE minorEm                       A chord diagramD MajorD          A chord diagramC majorC
We got de-partment stores      and toilet   ......
****

A chord diagramG+G           A chord diagramD MajorD                         A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramC majorC+9 A chord diagramE minorEm A chord diagramG+G
    Keep on rockin' in the ....


Keep On Rockin In The Free World by Neil Young

all i know for this is the basic bass rif

g---------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------
a---------------------5---3------------
e-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------------------

its not a lot but it helps.
if u know any more or have any coments write me
PePPeRs 01@aol.com

Other versions of Rockin In The Free World

Rockin in The Free World Live AcousticChords
Rockin in The Free World Live Acoustic (Ver. 2)Chords
Rockin in The Free WorldTabs
Rockin in The Free World (Ver. 2)Tabs
Rockin in The Free World (Ver. 3)Tabs

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