After the Gold Rush Chords by Neil Young – A Great Beginner Guitar Song

When you’re a new guitarist, you’re always in need of good, beginner guitar songs that you can master and perform to show off your new skills.

That’s where our old friend Canadian rock legend Neil Young can be of help.  Neil Young songs are a staple among new and experienced guitarists alike.

One of his biggest hits, a song called “After the Gold Rush” from the 1970 album with the same name, is a beloved and memorable sing-along that will have you captivating audiences.  And fortunately the After the Gold Rush chords are not very difficult to learn on the guitar.  There are only five of them to remember.

After the Gold Rush Chords:

Though the original song was originally performed on the piano, the chords to After the Gold Rush sound just as warm and rich when played on the guitar.  There aren’t a lot of complex changes, and the song is beautifully orchestrated using some of the most basic chord shapes.

Here is the chord progression:

D (xx0232)           G (320033)          D (xx0232)           G (320033)

D (xx0232)           A (x02220)           G (320033)          A (x02220)

Bm (x244320)     C (x32010)           G (320033)          C (x32010)

D (xx0232)           A (x02220)           C (x32010)           D (xx0232)

D (xx0232)           A (x02220)           C (x32010)           D (xx0232)

(By the way, if you can master these chords, then you could also learn how to play Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty)

To help you get the timing right to After the Gold Rush, play along with this video demonstration here:

Gold Rush sound

Coincidentally the guitarist in this video is playing a Taylor acoustic guitar.  Taylor’s are some of the warmest and brightest acoustic guitars around and extremely well-known for their high-end craftsmanship.  Though some models can cost quite a bit of money, you can read about an affordable Taylor for around $400 as well as several other great beginner guitars here.

After the Gold Rush Lyrics:

If you’d like to earn bonus points and sing along with After the Gold Rush as you play, here are the lyrics:

Well I dreamed I saw the knights in armour coming

Sayin’ something about a queen

There were peasants singing and drummers drumming

And the archer split the tree

There was a fanfare blowing to the sun

That was floating on the breeze

Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970’s

I was lying in a burnt-out basement

With the full moon in my eyes

I was hoping for a replacement

When the sun burst through the sky

There was a band playing in my head

And I felt like getting high

I was thinking about what a friend had said

I was hoping it was a lie

Well I dreamed I saw the silver spaceships flying

In the yellow haze of the sun

There were children cryin’ and colours flyin’

All around the chosen one

All in a dream, all in a dream

The loading had begun

Flying Mother Nature’s silver seed

To a new home in the sun

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