Artist Israël Kamakawiwo'ole
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Note Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What a Wonderful World performed by Israël Kamakawiwo'ole.
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    |C   G   |Am   F  |C   G   |
    |Am      |F       |

    C        Em       F        C
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
    F        E7       Am       F
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo

C         Em                F       C
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
F       C                        G            Am   F
And the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby...
   C         Em                F          C
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
F       C                         G                   Am   F
And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true...

Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
G                                  Am           F
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me

   C         Em               F           C
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
F       C                           G               Am   F
And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?...

           C        Em        F         C
Well I see trees of green and Red roses too
F                C         E7     Am
 I'll watch then bloom for me and you
      F                G                Am   F
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world
           C        Em             F         C
Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
        F              C   E7         Am
And the brightness of day, I like the dark
      F                G                C    F   C
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 

    G                      C
The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
    G                    C
Are also on the faces of people passing bye
    F               C      F              C
See friends shaking hands, saying 'how do you do?'
F               C       Dm7             D
 They're really saying, I...I love you

       C      Em        F          C
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
F                   C    E7         Am
 They'll learn much more than we'll know
     F                 G                Am   F
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 

Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
G                                  Am           F
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me

   C         Em                F      C
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
F       C                        G                 Am   F
And the dreams that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?...

C        Em       F        C
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
F        E7       Am      F
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-a-eh-a-a-a-a-a-a    
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Today is israel’s bithday and I played the song for him. I hope he’s watching. He died in 1995 and I feel true grave for him. :(

Epic sauce

That’s cringe 😬


Shush your ugly, racist mouth😪

Epic Sauce

Suck my balls

Rio Moore

Why would anyone want to?


Dont respond to him, he just wants attention. He doesnt care how other people feel and says the worst things possible. If you could please just ignore him he will just keep snapping at you coming up with suck my balls and swearing at you. If you read this please take this into consideration, thankyou :)


I’m going to try and get him to leave.

Big bird



Actually before this epic sauce was very racist and obscene on this comment forum. The moderators of ukutabs deleted the comments but still. EPIC SAUCE STOP BEING RUDE AND NEGATIVE ON UKUTABS!!

Epic Sauce

Suck my balls i got emails for days

i put the bi in bitch

dude, what’s your issue, they’re grieving the death of a singer, why are you so mad?

Epic sauce

I’m not mad, I’m just saying it’s cringe


How is that cringey ??? .- .

Epic Sauce

Because I said it is therefore it is


excuse me sir u r not the king of the world. you’re not the one that chooses who lives or who dies. Your opinion is way more insignificant than u think it is. have. a. nice. day


Hey i saw u in the cant help falling in love w/ u place thing comment section! i like ur name ;) (can relate to it lolol)

Epic Sauce #1 Fan

Mr. Sauce, I love you


Okay epic sause, your on my last nerve. SHUT YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT. Callie did something nice a month ago and u just went on doing what you do and say SOMETHING RUDE >:(. tbh I’ve never gotten so mad at someone I dont even know! And gonna ask u a question and answer it without saying suck my balls okay🙄. Why do you say these things, did something bad happen, do you think it’s funny. Honestly if it’s because you think it’s funny 113 people dont think so. So please just stop.

Epic sauce

How about you…suck my balls


What balls I think they are 𝑛𝑜𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑡

Epic sauce

Also it’s you’re on my last nerve


*sigh* i just love humans

Epic Sauce

I love us too :)


Unlike you who is a narcissist piece of crap


Oh whatever🙄

Epic Sauce

What’s that? The battle cry of a loser?


This is for epic sauce you big fat white nasty smellin bitch why you took me off the mother truckin schedule with your triflin white dirty nasty racist oompa loompa body ass bitch imma come over there and beat yo ass and don’t even call the cops cuz imma come unannounced and beat you the f up

Epic Sauce

Why don’t you suck my balls

It’s also pretty racist to assume that I am white. I haven’t brought up race, I just told people to suck my balls and you come and you have to bring race into it because you feel like all of the people on here will deem you as a god because you called me out for being a racist but in the process make you more of a racist for bringing up a race I may or may not be 😬
And the only thing you can beat is your genitalia to pictures of Obama and of the Queen of England. So I’ll say it again

Ollie. B

So… You’d rather have no one grieve for you on your birthday after you die because that would be “cringe”?

Epic Sauce

Yes suck my balls


Hey Epic Sauce!

Lemonyy didn’t assume your race if I understood correctly, they were inserting the meme and now song, called “This is for Rachel” by Jasmine Collins, that started as a voice mail. If you’ve noticed, they replaced ‘Rachel’ with your username. Original meme lyrics here:

Also, claiming that a person (who showed appreciated an artist and their music) that playing for the artist and showing grieve the artist’s death “cringe” is quite disrespectful and immature. It’s a fan who plays for the artist, please in the future let people do something that isn’t harmless without making a sour comment; It’s for the better!

No disrespect from my side, I’m pointing out some things that you’ve said and inform you; trying to lean away from an aggressive tone.

Epic Sauce

The fact that it’s from a song doesnt help their case, if anything it makes it worse because it shows that they’re so unoriginal that they had to use someone else’s roast, which isn’t even good, to try to get to me. Suck my balls

Evan Kajikawa

“They’re so unoriginal” yet you keep posting the same thing 7 TIMES!

Epic Sauce

Never said I wasn’t so you can suck my balls

Dirty Joe

Wtf is this convo

Daily Fun Facts

Fun Fact: No one went into this page wanting to find a sting of 20 comments completely unrelated to the ukulele music.


this is actually really entertaining and hilarious. i never thought i would see an argument which started off by someone literally just paying respect to a great person.

Daily Fun Facts

Fair enough

Epic Sauce

You can also suck my balls


You sull’udito Hey some new material champ


You should get some new material champ


YOU NEED TO STOP. Can we just respect the fact that he wrote great music


Alright this person is right but it still doesnt give a reason why he would say this in the beginning and if you scroll down more to my string of comments I was just trying to be nice but guess who ruined that too =-=

Flower of a million cats

Neither did I. Unfortunatly we have the idiots of the human race who make an argument out of everything.


Seriously dont ask…


srsly lets be honest you’re just saying ‘suck my balls’ bc u have no balls to suck :)


can we pls send this guy to the ‘cant help falling in love with you’ chords place bc that comment section made my day (though he’ll prob just taint it)

Epic Sauce

I actually have been there before. And if I have no balls it means that I have a vagina which means I’ll always get more pussy than you ;)

Epicker. Saucier.

lmao Palmela Handerson doesnt count as pussy. unless of course, were talking about the sweaty palms of a keyboard warrior. You win. which i guess means i gotta start sucking your balls. where they at? unless you rubbed them into non existence in your moms basement… probably why your name is epic sauce. You dont stop making yourself cum and probably think its the baddest cum on earth. just ask your mom. ewww cringe


I- n o. this is a frikin Ukelele sight. No. just. n o.


but im a gir-…. *dyshporic noises*


also this is the same person(Nishinoya-senpai)

sad trumpet

imagine being so fuckin sad with your life you try starting a flame war on a ukelele tabs website……. lmaoooooo

Flower of a million cats

Are you hearing echos?


Hey, what is the strumming pattern for this?


i use DDU-UDU

Braddah Iz

I just use DUD-DUD and it sounds pretty similar to yours lovesick. Any reason why you chose that?


Hey! I use DDU-UDU because it’s a strumming pattern I’ve heard called the “island strum”. Plus it also works really really well for this song, in my opinion. I think it matches with the song, anyway. lol I hope it works for you!


do you know why it called the”island strum”? Its called that because the ukulele originated from the ISLANDS of Hawaii.


The ukulele actually originated in Portugal and was brought to Hawai’i by the Portuguese immigrants that worked in the sugarcane plantations. What is sad is that even when you look it up on Google, it says it is of Hawaiian origin, quite the slap in the face to the Portuguese people who invented it.

Ukulele love

I know imagine being the poor Portuguese guy who invented it. He’s looking at us from heaven like, “come on man”


I think the Portugese people brought an instrument, wich was a little bit like a ukulele, but zhe ukulele was than developt in hawai. I dont know the exect name of the origin instrument.

i put the bi in bitch

that’s because it sort of is, while you are partially right the ukulele is a mix of an instrument from Portugal and another from a place i don’t remember, some people made an instrument that was a mix of them and that’s how ukuleles were created, but i agree with you that it should be more well known




I have heard that called the island strum too. I use it whenI lay Tiny bubbles.


I do DUD-DUD too I am so used to this I can’t do DDU-UDU but they sound the same


doesn’t lead very well…

Layla V.



I use a mix kinda between the DDU-UDU and DUD-DUD. I kinda just go with it. I also kind swing it a little (I think that’s the term for it). Where I strum down a little more… enthusiastically I guess… every other beat or something like that… I go DOWNupdown-DOWNupdown or it would be the DOWNdownup-upDOWNup….. Hope this was helpful ?

Emma S.

I see what you mean. But they’re not called swings, they’re called accents. And, it does give it a more island-ish sound. But which chords do you use DDU-UDU and which are DUD-DUD?

Goth human

What exactly do u mean by DDU and DUD?

chicken nuggets

it means down down up and down up down. those are strumming patterns you can use


DDU is down down up
DUD is down up down
basically the way you strum it

Invisible Girl

D is down, U is up


D= down U= up


“D” means you strum down, and “U” means you strum up, hope this helps.


(DDU) Down down up (UDU) up down up



Zein Hakki

I guess just the island strum




I use DDU-UDU. I think it fits the song.

MacLane Altemara


Grace lover

I used Dudud
It works for me. I just go with whatever strum my fingers do and it works


sounds just about right

Emma S.

Dudud is a good strum pattern but I like to add an accent to the second down. You should try it! 😊

So like this:
down up DOWN up down

Moises Acero
Its Open G (preferably low G) (this guy also adds C) DU MUTE UDU



Kev G

IZ uses a plucking island strum. Which means *pluck G* DU-UDU


I use DD-UDU


D du udu




C UDXUDU sounds cool with this song


I use DDU-UDU but on the first D I pick the g string instead of strumming. It also makes more time to switch cords.


omg thank u finally someone asks


Ddu ddu


I use ddud i’ts the best for this song


Up up down up down up


Down down up up down up

Is what I meant


As others have said i use DDU-UDU it is called the island strum i used this strum in music class for the song Lava and the strum also works really well with this song

Henry Vanderzanden

I feel so left out. ☹️ I am a newer player so I don’t know good strumming patterns. I also have heard some people talking about – and + things. I have NO idea what it means.

Gia <3

Hey! I’m a new-ish ukulele player, and I have found that if I practice a strumming pattern whilst I hum to the tune, it’s easier to learn a strumming pattern. With time, I can just strum without thinking about it. :))


Hey+ and – mean transpose. It will change the key that you play on. Have you ever song a single higher or lower to fit your voice without the lyrics? It is like that. You can transpose to change the notes you play and make it easier to sing, it just will not be in the same key as the original song. This song involves begginer notes so if you transpose it will make it harder to play, but you can still play around with it to find out what it is. Scroll up to the top where it says the informal and look at the 5th collum down after it says notes. You can then hit the plus or minus buttons and see that the notes in the song change. As for strumming pattern you kind of have to figure out what you think sounds good with the song. For this song ONE option is to strum down down up up down up or DUD UDU. If that is to tricky you can simply by doing only down strum. You can also try not thinking about your strumming hand and just going with the flow! Hope this helps

Sarah Brown

Hey! Don’t feel bad about anything! Ukutabs is a place to learn. The minus and plus thing is quite simple actually. If you scroll to the top of the page you’ll see an area where you can “transpose“ the chords in the song to different keys. Hitting the minus or plus numbers in the transpose area will change the chords in the song to be either a certain amount of keys higher or lower depending on which number you pick. The main reason that people “transpose” the song is just to make the chords easier. If you have any other questions, I’m here to help!🙃
-Sarah Brown

Sofia Carson is my idol

I don’t know if this is weird but I do down down up up down up. Sorry I know I am not using the proper strumming patter thing but I have never taken anything so I am just doing what I think is right.

Flower of a million cats

No, you’re right! DDU UDU is the default, which can work with almost all songs if you’re not sure.


The strum Is DDU-UDU for entire song



S n a c k s

I used DD-UDU


i use DDUUD
its exactly the one he uses in the song

Hi :)

I just use a randomly acented DUDUDUD




I know you asked this along time ago but it’s just a simple down down up up down up


I use D-DU-UDU


The “D” didn’t quite sound right to me. I play a G7 I stead and that works well.


G7 fits great, agree




Iz isn’t dead my friends. He is just watching his troubles melt away like lemon drops, somewhere over the rainbow. He lives on… in our hearts.


;) thatta kinda nice to say


he was and still is a huge inspiration to me. He got through life and also was very successful even with all his disabilities. Never let something about you bring yo down.


thats soooo niceeeee :3


That is actually very nice to hear. I love it. Thank you for sharing your view!

Epic Sauce

Shut up retard

peter parker

spider man strikes again


Yea… Can you be quiet now? This website is to learn how to play ukulele, not be disrespectful to others. I know you’re probably gonna respond with some stupid reply, but just leave every else alone. You’ve done enough and it’s getting old. Like c’mon dude, it’s not funny and never was in the first place.


Btw I’m speaking to epic sauce. I thought this was a reply lol sorry to anyone who’s confused


I just started learning ukulele and I absolutly LOVE this song!!!


try playing summer of ’69
it’s one of my favorites

The King

Mine too.


Me too


Please like my pet hamster he is dying


What would be the easiest one to transpose it to? I am new to uke and I need some help :)


They key that it is currently in is the easiest for beginners.


(in C major)


ok before anyone else says the lyrics are mashed up and wrong just know that this is the ARTIST’S interpretation and the lyrics are all accurate and yes, It’s a Wonderful World is SUPPOSED to be in the song ok thank you for your time I rest my case bye


But in the song, he’s not singing all these lyrics
I Just listened it and it’s not the same, there’s a big part hère who is not in the song (on Deezer)
Idk if it’s a short version or not but…

Ukey Dan

There are two versions. One has no Wonderful World in the middle.

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