Nobody Knows You (When You're Down And Out)

While Eric Clapton may have made this song famous (and his is a great version,) it's actually a very old song...

So old, in fact, that it's in the public domain now which means I can teach it to you without fear of the copyright police knocking on the door.

It's a great set of chords and an easy strum pattern that is a super fun song to just sit and play and sing along with. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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  • The TAB (PDF)

Leave A Comment And Tell Me What You Think…


  • billski Reese

    Reply Reply July 1, 2019

    thanks G. that is a favorite of mine enjoyed every

    moment of that lesson and all the other info you

    provide for starving musicians.

    you are.the best


    • PAUL

      Reply Reply October 19, 2021


  • Anthony O Mahony

    Reply Reply July 27, 2019

    Nice one Griff…can’t best a song with a moral in it!!

  • tony dawes

    Reply Reply July 27, 2019

    One of my all time favourites, thanks Griff.

    We love the Album

  • Abe A

    Reply Reply July 27, 2019

    Great song, great rhythm, GREAT lesson! Need to practice. Thanks Griff!

  • Bernie Rosser

    Reply Reply July 27, 2019

    Thanks Griff, Give us more like this. I really like the old acoustics plain & simple. After 55 yrs.they still ring out loud and clear on my Martin. Thanks again.

  • Bill

    Reply Reply July 27, 2019

    Sweet. I need to learn this – oldie but goodie. Thanks, Griff.

  • Tony Unsworth

    Reply Reply July 27, 2019

    Always interesting and easy to follow. Thanks I really enjoy your daily advice and help.

  • Lionel

    Reply Reply July 28, 2019

    I first heard “Nobody wants you when you’re down and out” by Josh White who also happens to have been a great blues/ folk singer and acoustic guitar player.

    Always enjoy your teaching method although I suffer from the three “A’s” , Age, Arthritis, and Ability

  • ChrisGSP

    Reply Reply July 29, 2019

    Hi Griff, this is a nice song. I first heard Clapton do it on LAYLA (AOALS). Then the Unplugged version came along to reinforce how well he does it. He does those old songs so well, and in that comfortable style that more or less says “I’ve known this song all my life”, like “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, “Our Love is Here to Stay” and others from his 21st Century releases.
    But HERE’S MY POINT – F Sharp Diminished !!! You’ve said, and emphasised, that you’ve never played a song with a Diminished chord in it, when discussing the chords in a scale. Well here you are, playing a diminished chord. A while back you also played one in the Gary Moore/Peter Green song “Need your Love So Bad”. Not grousin’, just sayin’.
    Cheers from Oz,
    Chris G

  • Rick sharp

    Reply Reply February 3, 2021

    Great I Like this! Thanks.

  • Clem

    Reply Reply January 21, 2022

    This is such a cool song that I can somewhat play poorly, but inspired me to keep at it. Thanks for that and your sneak peek into areas that might prove rewarding. I feel it’s so important to learn a song strictly to keep motivated to progress further. Thanks!

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