For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield)


  • Instruction Video

Points to Remember:

Easy verse chords: E, A7

• Chorus: E, D, A, G

• In the original recording, Neil Young plays harmonics on the 12th and 7th fret of the first string.

• Stephen Stills anticipates the first beat of each measure of the verse, playing the root of the chord on the 'and' of the 4th beat.

• The line, 'For what it's worth,' never appears in the song. Stills explained that he walked into the record executive's office and said, "I've got this song here, for what it's worth, if you want it." The guy took him literally!

• Was written about a protest in Hollywood in 1966. (The protest was about a curfew that had been imposed; not about war.)

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