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Harvest

Neil Young

from the album Harvest released in 1972

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Lyrics

Intro

D ... D/A ... D ... D/A ... (x2, see tab below)

Verse

D A G D Did I see you down in a young girl's town D A With your mother in so much pain G A Bm E I was almost there, at the top of the stairs D With her screaming in the rain

Chorus

D A G D Did she wake you up to tell you that D A It was only a change of plan G A Bm E Dream up, dream up let me fill your cup D With the promise of a man Did I see you walking with the boys Though it was not hand in hand And was some black face in a lonely place When you could understand Did she wake you up to tell you that It was only a change of plan Dream up, dream up let me fill your cup With the promise of a man

Break

D ... A ... G ... D ... D ... D ... A ... A ... G ... A ... Bm ... E ... D ... D ... D ... D ...
Will I see you give more than I can take Will I only harvest some As the days fly past will we lose our grasp Or fuse it in the sun Did she wake you up to tell you that It was only a change of plan Dream up, dream up let me fill your cup With the promise of a man Dream up, dream up let me fill your cup With the promise of a man

Notes & Tabs

Basic Chords Used

Here are the basic chords used to play this song. Be sure to note the D strumming pattern in the tab further below, where I show how to play the alternating bass note during the D chord. This is common throughout the song whenever D is played (listen along for reference).

e-|----2-----2-----0-----0-----3-----2-----0-----
B-|----3-----3-----2-----2-----0-----3-----0-----
G-|----2-----2-----2-----2-----0-----4-----1-----
D-|----0-----------2-----2-----0-----4-----2-----
A-|----------0-----0-----------2-----2-----2-----
E-|----------------------0-----3-----------0-----
       D    D/A    A    A/E    G     Bm    E 

Intro and Verse Strumming Pattern

The D in the intro (and parts of the verse), as Neil Young plays it on the album, alternates between D and D/A (that is, a D chord with a A note for the bass). Simply alternate your bass note, as shown below. Also note the up-down-up strumming pattern played after the bass note each time. This pattern is repeated throughout much the verse and chorus -- listen along and play it as you please.

e-|------2--2--2--|-----2--2--2--|-----2--2--2--|-----2--2--2----
B-|------3--3--3--|-----3--3--3--|-----3--3--3--|-----3--3--3----
G-|------2--2--2--|-----2--2--2--|-----2--2--2--|-----2--2--2----
D-|---0-----------|--------------|--0-----------|---------------- (repeat)
A-|---------------|--0-----------|--------------|--0-------------
E-|---------------|--------------|--------------|----------------
      v  ^  v  ^     v  ^  v  ^     v  ^  v  ^     v  ^  v  ^
      D              D/A            D              D/A 

Chord Progressions

Intro

| D . . . | D/A . . . | D . . . | D/A . . . | (x2)

Verse & Chorus

"Did I see you down in a young girl's town..."
| D   . . . | A   . . . | G  . . . | D   . . . |
| D/A . . . | D   . . . | A  . . . | A/E . . . |
| G   . . . | A   . . . | Bm . . . | E   . . . |
| D   . . . | D/A . . . | D  . . . | D/A . . . |

Song Info

Song: Harvest
Artist: Neil Young
Album: Harvest
Year: 1972
Label: Reprise

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