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The Story Behind
Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue

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Welcome to the world of Neil Diamond's music, where every song tells a story and every melody strikes a chord in your heart. In this musical journey, I explore the legendary Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue  hit. Join me as I delve into the meaning of the lyrics, the history behind the song, and the impact it has had on the music industry. Whether you're a devoted Neil Diamond fan or a curious musician looking to learn this classic on the guitar, there's something here for everyone.

Below you'll find the demo cover, free chord sheet, and rhythm tips on how to play this Neil Diamond classic on the acoustic.

If you need to purchase the full video lesson, you can for a few bucks each or less with a bulk purchase. I'm using Neil Diamond  album covers below to indicate the source of the original song.

Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue & Triva

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Song Sung Blue from Neil Diamond was one of three singles released from his 1972 album Moods.

"Song Sung Blue" was a massive hit for Neil Diamond, reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972. It also achieved international success, making it one of Diamond's signature songs. The song received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 1973. While it didn't win in that category, it solidified Neil Diamond's reputation as a prolific and influential singer-songwriter.

Neil Diamond has mentioned that the inspiration for "Song Sung Blue" came from a soccer match he attended in 1971. The crowd's chanting and singing during the game left a lasting impression on him, and he turned that collective singing experience into the song's joyful chorus.

The song was recorded at the famous American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. This studio was renowned for producing hits by artists like Elvis Presley and Dusty Springfield.

The recording of "Song Sung Blue" features a prominent use of a Hammond organ, which adds to the song's distinctive sound. The combination of organ, guitar, and percussion creates a warm and inviting musical backdrop.

One notable version was recorded by Andy Williams, whose rendition also received attention and charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chords & Lyrics


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Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue Chords

  • Drop D Tuning - No
  • Capo - No
  • Rhythm - root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking - Yes
  • Chords - C, C/A#, C/A, G, C7, F

The Meaning and Story Behind "Song Sung Blue"

"Song Sung Blue" encourages the idea that music, especially singing about one's troubles, can be a therapeutic way to deal with sadness and find a sense of release and even joy. It emphasizes the universality of experiencing the blues and the healing power of music.

Song Sung Blue Lyrics

Song sung blue - everybody knows one
Song sung blue - every garden grows one
Me and you - are subject to - the blues now and then
But when you take the blues and make a song - you sing them out again - sing them out again

Song sung blue - weeping like a willow
Song sung blue - sleeping on my pillow
Funny thing, but you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know, it get to feeling good - you simply got no choice


Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
But when you take the blues and make a song - you sing them out again

Song sung blue - Weeping like a willow
Song sung blue - Sleeping on my pillow
Funny thing, but you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know, it started feeling good - You simply got no choice

Song sung blue - Song sung blue

Rhythm Tips For Song Sung Blue

Not too much to this one in terms of rhythm. You'll just need a root down up root up down up as you move through the chords.

You'll start in C and then take that root note down to an A# and then an A. After that it's just a C7, F, and a G.

The picking in this one is simply following the melody of the song. This is covered in detail in the full lesson.


That will pretty much wrap up our journey into the world of "Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond, I hope you've gained a deeper appreciation for this timeless classic. Whether you're a fan, a musician, or simply someone who loves great music, Neil Diamond's legacy lives on through songs like this. Keep strumming those chords and singing those songs, and remember, "Me and you - are subject to - the blues now and then."

Thanks for stropping by my Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue page and I hope the info here helps you learn some of the best Neil Young songs for the acoustic player.

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