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Chords in this song

A chordD chordE chordGbm chord

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AA chord  GbmGbm chord  DD chord  EE chord   AA chord
AA chord
When the night has come
GbmGbm chord
And the land is dark
        DD chord           EE chord                AA chord
And the moon is the only light we'll see
AA chord                          GbmGbm chord
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
        DD chord           EE chord               AA chord
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
AA chord                                             GbmGbm chord
And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me
DD chord            EE chord        AA chord
Stand by me, stand by me
AA chord
If the sky that we look upon
GbmGbm chord
Should tumble and fall
        DD chord                EE chord              AA chord
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
AA chord                              GbmGbm chord
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
DD chord                          EE chord        AA chord
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
AA chord                                             GbmGbm chord
And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me
DD chord            EE chord        AA chord
Stand by me, stand by me
AA chord                                             GbmGbm chord
And darlin', darlin', stand by me, oh now now stand by me
DD chord            EE chord        AA chord
Stand by me, stand by me

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.


  • Izze says:

    I love this! Thanks!

  • DiamondLove says:

    I’m just learning the ukulele and after i figured out that awful E I got this song! I love it!!!!!!

    • UkuleleBunny says:

      The E-chord is much easier and sounds exactly the same when you play 4442 (starting from G). ;)

      • Daniel says:

        Hi UkuleleBunny! I would like to ask what “4442” stands for. Until now, I still can’t master the E chord so I was wondering what other alternatives there could be to play the chord.

      • cararason says:

        Daniel, 4442 means that you need to play the first three strings on the 4th fret, and the last one on fret 2. In case you play lefty, it’s just the opposite of that. Hope this helps!

    • Gra8ame says:

      Instead of playing E, try E7 (1202), much easier.

    • UkulelePT says:

      You replace the E chord by a G, it sounds pretty similar.

  • Claude says:

    Transpose to -2 and it’ll be easier! :D

  • Guillerms says:

    Try doing the E chord like this:

    [x][x][x][o] (4th Fret – barre index finger)
    [o][o][o][x] (pinky finger)

    Works better for me.

  • eliza_dunning says:

    [o][o][o][x](index finger)
    [x][x][x][o] (4th Fret – barre thumb)

    is actually a better bet.

    and for the D chord you should barre with the thumb too! it works much better

  • Prinette says:

    If you change the song and have it go up 3 half steps it is a million times easier to play, this key also feels easier to sing with.

  • maryem says:

    If you use E7 instead of E it is a lot easier (also I think it sounds better).

  • menthol34 says:

    E chord
    the lazy way
    1 M 0 2
    i dont put my finger on tne 4 fret i just mute the string cause the string below is the same note

    am i wrong ?

  • morganweisinger says:

    If you play E7 instead of E it’s easier and doesnt affect the song.

  • zenny says:

    I sometimes play this song with C, Am, F, G7, C if I don’t feel like playing E

    • XXashisonfireXD says:

      For this song I just use the C chord,A chord,F chord and G7 chord.C chord-two islands strums.A chord-two island strums.F chord-one island strum.G7-two island strums. And BOOM you finished the song. It’s only these four chords for the whole song. ?

    • ahdoga says:

      Nice alternative. Thanks.

  • BK.LIndsey says:

    Love love love love Love it!! The first I can sing and play at the same time. Picked up a uke for the first time three weeks ago and I’m hooked!

    I play it E7 btw – Enjoy the flow without the pain!

  • Toler says:

    Oh forget all those cords. Replace them in this order on the song. C, Am, F, G

  • Pip says:

    I wanted the tabs for this song ( baseline) not the chords

  • Walenty says:

    This is my intro when i play this song .
    A A A A Gbm Gbm Gbm Gbm D D E E A

    And then start the strumming and sing along :D

  • Nikkie says:

    Does anyone have a suggested strumming pattern for this tune? Be interested to hear suggestions

  • Joyce says:

    Playing this song in the key of A does not have a flat in it. The progression for the song is I-vi-IV-V7, a common progression for Doo Woo Songs. In A, it would be A – F#m – D – E7. It is a good idea to learn basic concepts and common progressions as early as possible when learning to play. Any questions? I teach online and have a Yahoo group for Newbies. Stay tuned and play-a-lot.

  • Lina says:

    Transposed to +3 and changing the G to a G7 is the easiest and sounds the best to me :)

  • J.anady says:

    What is the strumming pattern for this song that is where I struggle the most. THANKS!

  • KarenAngeliz14 says:

    Actually you can just play this E(alt) I found. It looks like this:

    (X is where you put your fingers.)

  • Jim says:

    Thaks a lot, nice

  • ukegirl says:


    I play it with my pointer finger on first fret G string, my middle finger on fourth fret A string, and my ring finger on fourth fret C string. It’s a bit hard at first but if you practice transitioning between E and other chords, you’ll get it in no time. If you don’t know the strings, look up a ukulele string chart.

  • Jeffree White says:

    F#m should be used, not Gbm. A is a sharp key; flats are not used. It’s important to think in keys. And to those who do, this is problematic to read. Please correct.

  • Me says:

    +3 is easier and brighter

  • _Mel_Sings_ says:

    On the E string you can do 3788 2x
    8755 355 3511 1533 and it will sound like the beginning part of the song

  • Grace L Oliva says:

    I recommend transposing to +3 it is much easier and sounds better(in my opinion).
    have fun playing this amazing song that we are so blessed to have! What do people do for the strumming pattern? I made up my own to go with the song.

  • Benjibry says:

    For the E chord you can play 1×02 (x = mute)

  • Vanecornio says:

    Strumming please! D:

  • EmmaRobyn137 says:

    This is more a note for me than anyone else, but if you can understand it, this is a simple version of the riff for the start of the song.

    E – 045X5045X5542X202X220XXXXX20X0X045X5X045X5

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