Young At Heart – Lyrics and Chords

For this song by Johnny Richards and Carolyn Leigh, a million-seller in 1953-54 for Frank Sinatra, I went first to to get the words and chords. The words were fine, and the chords helped, but didn’t all fit with what my ear wanted to hear. So I went to work. Once again I’ve posted the result because I see it as an improvement over what’s currently out there. It is rated on the ultimate-guitar site as intermediate for difficulty, and I agree, but I’ve used simplified chords that still sound great and included the chord diagrams for any of the less common chords used. You can play along with this YouTube Gmajor version of Sinatra’s marvelous performance of a wonderful ballad. It’s close enough.

Young At Heart - Lyrics and Chords
Young At Heart – Lyrics and Chords

Three comments:

Voicing of the diminished chords: The two diminished chords, to my ear, sound better where I’ve shown them in the tablature. The Ddim chord is played with strings 2 and 4 open and the Gbdim on the fourth fret. I have named them arbitrarily by the lowest note (on string 4). As you may know, as one moves up the fret board the diminished chords repeat themselves every third fret. The Ddim chord can thus be played in the open position or at fret 3 or at fret 6, 9. etc. The open position just sounds better.

The Gadd9 chord: The tab looks awkward because, even though it is barred, I place an x over string 4 showing that it is not to be plucked. Actually it sounds great when only strings 6, 3, 2 and 1 are plucked. String 5 is fine, and string 4 adds the flat seventh, making the chord a G7add9 if all six strings were strummed. It just sounds cleaner with strings 6, 3, 2 and 1. Using the Gadd9 as the final chord is not necessary; a regular G major chord works. The Gadd9, brighter than G major,  just adds a bit of class to the finale.

The D7+5 chord: My circle above string 4 got filled in by accident. Play string 4 open.


Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu – Lyrics and Chords

Singing for palliative and complex care patients at the local hospital, I know that people usually really enjoy hearing a song in their own mother tongue. That is why I purposely did this song as Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu in the original Domenico Modugno Italian version from 1958 instead of Volare, which Dean Martin and the MacGuire Sisters also recorded in the same year. I’ve just finished it and thought I would pass it on.

I used my ear, Domenico Modugno’s YouTube performance from 1958 and this guitaretab website to figure it out. Playing the song in the key of G and using a capo on fret 3 enabled me to play along with the video, since the orchestra played it in concert Bb. I noticed in listening to Modugno’s version that many diminished chords were used, so I sprinkled in those liberally because they really enhance the song.  The guitaretab website revealed to me the crazy Bb – D piece I was having trouble identifying, but it doesn’t contain the important diminished chords. Also I emphasized the syllables that coincide with the beat to help me with the word timing, since romance languages tend to blend vowel syllables together. That, for an English speaker, helps smooth out the piece. If you would like help with the diminished chords or anything else, comment on my site and I’ll do a post on diminished and augmented chords, which are easy to learn.

Nel Blu Lyrics & Chords
Nel Blu Lyrics & Chords