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  • Sugar Mountain

    rajiv posted on November 01, 2012 17:57

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     "Sugar Mountain" is a song by Canadian folk rock singer and composer Neil Young. Young composed the song on November 12, 1964—his 19th birthday—at the Victoria Hotel in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), where he had been touring with his Winnipeg band the Squires. Its lyrics are reminiscences about his youth in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Young first recorded the song on November 10, 1968, as part of a live performance at Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    In a concert at the Albert Hall in London on October 29, 1970, Joni Mitchell, who was already friends with Neil Young by the time he wrote this song, opened her song "Circle Game" with this speech: "In 1965 I was up in Canada, and there was a friend of mine up there who had just left a rock'n'roll band (...) he had just newly turned 21, and that meant he was no longer allowed into his favourite haunt, which was kind of a teeny-bopper club and once you're over 21 you couldn't get back in there anymore; so he was really feeling terrible because his girlfriends and everybody that he wanted to hang out with, his band could still go there, you know, but it's one of the things that drove him to become a folk singer was that he couldn't play in this club anymore. 'Cause he was over the hill. (...) So he wrote this song that was called "Oh to live on sugar mountain" which was a lament for his lost youth. (...) And I thought, God, you know, if we get to 21 and there's nothing after that, that's a pretty bleak future, so I wrote a song for him, and for myself just to give me some hope. It's called The Circle Game."

    ****REVISED AND REFORMATTED MAY 29 2016 - SR****

    ~~~ChordPro Version UPDATED June 04, 2016 CEL~~~

    A video for this song:

    Posted in: Individual Songs, November 2012 - Bob Dylan, Neil Young & more., Canada is Cool BUG Jam! June 15, 2016 (7 Comments)


Bytown Ukulele Group
# Bytown Ukulele Group
Friday, November 2, 2012 5:52 PM
Hi Rajiv, Can you send me the source file you have for the chords you posted so I can make a file for the binders?
# rajiv
Friday, November 2, 2012 6:56 PM
I got the chords off the Ukelel Chrod Collection Box, posted to our site


Hope that helps.

Mike Cox
# Mike Cox
Friday, November 2, 2012 10:18 PM
I see the chord chart is posted, sorry to bother, it looks great.
Mike Cox
# Mike Cox
Friday, November 2, 2012 10:29 PM
This will be a fun song...
Sue Rogers
# Sue Rogers
Monday, November 12, 2012 8:05 PM
Hi Rajiv - great song!

Just formatting the song for print and I notice that in the text box above it says [Dsus4] but in the downloadable file it shows a [Csus4] chord box. Could you please let me know which it is?

thanks Rajiv!
# rajiv
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:51 PM
Hi Sue..Sorry I messed up the chords as i had an older version of the song and the chords changed a bit. So its now corrected but I lost the chord diagrams...Rajiv
Sue Rogers
# Sue Rogers
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 5:55 PM
No problems my friend! I've formatted and uploaded your song with the chord diagrams. Thanks for posting - it really is a great help! Looking forward to playing this with you next week!