difficulty level 4Difficulty level 4/5
 

Chords in this song

Am chordC chordD chordDm7 chordE7 chordEm chordF chordG chord

notes

Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What a Wonderful World performed by Israël Kamakawiwo'ole.

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Intro:
    |CC chord   GG chord   |AmAm chord   FF chord  |CC chord   GG chord   |
    |AmAm chord      |FF chord       |
 
    CC chord        EmEm chord       FF chord        CC chord
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
    FF chord        E7E7 chord       AmAm chord       FF chord
    ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
 
 
CC chord         EmEm chord                FF chord       CC chord
Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
FF chord       CC chord                        GG chord            AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby...
   CC chord         EmEm chord                FF chord          CC chord
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
FF chord       CC chord                         GG chord                   AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dream of, dreams really do come true...
 
 
    CC chord
Someday i'll wish upon a star
GG chord                                AmAm chord   FF chord
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
      CC chord
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
GG chord                                  AmAm chord           FF chord
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me
 
 
   CC chord         EmEm chord               FF chord           CC chord
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly
FF chord       CC chord                           GG chord               AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dare to, oh why, oh why can't I?...
 
 
           CC chord        EmEm chord        FF chord         CC chord
Well I see trees of green and Red roses too
FF chord                CC chord         E7E7 chord     AmAm chord
 I'll watch then bloom for me and you
      FF chord                GG chord                AmAm chord   FF chord
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world
           CC chord        EmEm chord             FF chord         CC chord
Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
        FF chord              CC chord   E7E7 chord         AmAm chord
And the brightness of day, I like the dark
      FF chord                GG chord                CC chord    FF chord   CC chord
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 
 
 
    GG chord                      CC chord
The colours of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
    GG chord                    CC chord
Are also on the faces of people passing bye
    FF chord               CC chord      FF chord              CC chord
See friends shaking hands, saying 'how do you do?'
FF chord               CC chord       Dm7Dm7 chord             DD chord
 They're really saying, I...I love you
 
 
       CC chord      EmEm chord        FF chord          CC chord
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
FF chord                   CC chord    E7E7 chord         AmAm chord
 They'll learn much more than we'll know
     FF chord                 GG chord                AmAm chord   FF chord
And I think to myself: what a wonderful world 
 
 
CC chord
Someday i'll wish upon a star
GG chord                                AmAm chord   FF chord
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
       CC chord
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
GG chord                                  AmAm chord           FF chord
High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me
 
 
   CC chord         EmEm chord                FF chord      CC chord
Oh somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
FF chord       CC chord                        GG chord                 AmAm chord   FF chord
And the dreams that you dare to, why, oh why can't I?...
 
 
CC chord        EmEm chord       FF chord        CC chord
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo
FF chord        E7E7 chord       AmAm chord      FF chord
ooo-ooo  ooo-ooo  ooo-a-eh-a-a-a-a-a-a    

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

57 Comments

  • Joaquinloleng says:

    Easier way is d d u u d u d d u u d

  • Jingles says:

    I’m doing it like this: d d – u d u u d u u d u

    “-” means u make a pause there like you would strum down or up once

  • pointhetop says:

    this made the song so easy! all the other notes where so confusing

  • gekaap says:

    There is one spot where there seems to be a mistake, or at least a rather poor choice for progression.

    Lyric: They’re really saying, I…I love you

    You’ll probably notice that Dm7 to D not only is very awkward and difficult, but doesn’t really seem to offer a satisfying sound in the progression. Better to use this progress: F, C, D7, G. The progression sounds much nicer, still fits the melody and the general mood of the song, and is somewhat easier to play.

  • lexsorus says:

    this song is really easy. I’m a beginner and the uke just became so easy to me. this is a great song!

  • Marjovie says:

    This song sound so good on the ukulele

  • Neil says:

    I don’t know if anyone else has done this but I found a chord online (it’s either Cadd9 or Fadd9) which fits into the chorus nicely.
    Excuse my ignorance on the chords.

    It’s played after the Am and before the F chord.

    It’s Am then keeping Am, drop your ring finger onto the 3rd fret E string, then play the F chord.

    Ties everything in nicely.

  • Username* says:

    I LOVE this song SO much! It’s really pretty and I hope I can sing it for my school talent show! :)

  • mckay says:

    i am just strumming what sounds and feels right!!!

  • kittyycattyy says:

    Excellent! I love this song, thanks for the chords! But after “I love you…” the chord is supposed to be G, not D. :)

  • ukeplayer says:

    looks hard but its really not thank you sooo much
    love the its a wonderful world vershion

  • JamesSommer says:

    And i think to my self what a wonderfull song!

    Thanks so much for putting this up! so easy and beutifull!

  • hollywood4500 says:

    hey neil! its an Fadd9, just so you know :) i really like that btw!

  • Bobjake7 says:

    Gekaap is right, there is a mistake on the line “They’re really saying, I… I love you.” However the dm7 is the right chord to play. The progression should use a G at the end instead of a D. This appears to be a typo.

  • tes_9 says:

    if you play everyone will always ask you to play this. campfire favorite and really easy to play

  • Jorjor1999 says:

    All your supposed to do is feel the music and strum what feels right, be with the music

  • UKULELE says:

    this song is really awesome! :D

  • awesomedude2468 says:

    These chord combinations are awesome! Btw love the ending

  • ukealalala says:

    Awesome. And my favorite strum pattern! Great for beginners. :)

  • Kauaigirl68 says:

    So I am an absolute “newbie” to the uke. Are there any TABS for the melody? Or is it just available in chords? I apologize for my ignorance…. Thanks :)

  • Connie JM says:

    just use the calypso strumming pattern for christ sake. haha xD :)
    btw, ukutabs u rock! awesome song :)

  • team fortress says:

    good

  • Username* says:

    I love it!

  • User607 says:

    Simply way to find pattern is too look online but. I really enjoyed playing this song and found it simpler to use Dm7 to Dm for the I love you part!

    (I hope you guys realize you aren’t allowed to ask for strumming pattern because of copyright things with the MPA….)

  • alymarkz says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnR9nY8i_Ik
    i found this video explains the strum pattern really well

  • laura2105 says:

    love the song and the chords are super easy!
    but i just can’t find the pitch that suits my voice! i have to sing either way too high or way too deep and it really annoys me :(
    i will try to transpose the song now but to be honest i don’t really wanna have to change the chords..

  • tzvishapira says:

    love this song!! there are 2 mistakes in the lyrics however:
    a- instead of “brightness of day” it should be “bright bliss”,
    and b- “people passing by”, not “bye”. thanks a lot!!

  • Curlieq says:

    I agree with previous comments that the D after the DC should be a G. :) Also, I found that on the “What a wonderful world” words at the end of the chorus, there is Am and F. While that sounds good everywhere else, I’m having a hard time feelin it, so I play C instead. It just makes more sense to me. :)

  • anita14 says:

    In the intro…instead of G, shouldn’t it be Cmaj
    Like C Cmaj Am F

  • rane_ann711 says:

    love this song!!!!!!!!

  • uke man says:

    i did this song for a party and everyone loved it thx

  • Uku gal says:

    In the intro if you go
    C. Em. Am. F. C. G. Am. Fadd9. F.
    It sounds a lot better and try using dduududduudu through the whole song. If you keep that progression the exit sounds much better.

  • luna says:

    this song sounds so good :) i sang it to my older bro on his birthday

  • # says:

    I❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤this song.It is so easy.I played it for my family

  • Maddie says:

    it is a great song to play, but it is kinda hard to sing to it. I LUV this song…i play it so often. :*

  • Ogader says:

    Kauaigirl68 I tried making a tab and it went like this

    G:——-0-2———-0——-
    C:-0—————0—-0—-0
    A:————————-1-0-
    E:—3-2—–2-3—0———

    It’s still a work in progress obviously

  • pandaoxo says:

    love this song!!!

  • Lucie says:

    I came to this page expecting it to be really hard for me (I’ve only been playing for about a week) but it’s much easier than expected! Great song.

  • Khione says:

    I’m not a big fan of the oos and ahhs at the end, so I just stop after “why oh why can’t I?” and play the chords F G C with a slow down strum at the end.

  • MonkeyandChimp says:

    All due respect to Bruddah Iz, but he absolutely mutilated the words to Over The Rainbow. Can we please stop the senseless propagation of error and correct the lyrics and also give due respect to Harold Arlen? I mean, Iz didn’t due it for any artistic reason, he just got them wrong. They don’t even rhyme! Here are the correct lyrics.

    Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
    There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
    Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
    And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

    Someday I’ll wish upon a star
    And wake up where the clouds are far
    Behind me
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops
    Away above the chimney tops
    That’s where you’ll find me

    Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
    Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh, why can’t I?

  • Colin s says:

    I just use a finger picking pattern cause I think it sounds cool, G, A, C, E played twice per bar. Also sounds good with (G,A), C, E, G, A, C, E played once per bar.

  • Dodgson_here says:

    Hey guys. This tab needs a little love. There are some serious issues with the spacing in the wonderful world section where chords fall on entirely different words in the lyrics if you listen to the recording by Iz. Please also note there is a tragically incorrect chord on “I… I love you”. It currently reads Dm7 followed by D. It should definitely be Dm7 moving to G. This is the most consistent song in the top ten list every week and one of the first songs many people try to learn when they play Uke. Let’s make it super accurate!

  • the_chicken_cow says:

    thx so much. took first place at my school talent show with this. also a good song for noobs to the uke

  • Annie says:

    I just want to say it was always my dream to meet him and I never did but I am glad I learned this song!!!!!!!!!!! ;) :)

  • Anonymous says:

    thank the lord that someone understands (MonkeyandChimp + Dodgson_here)

  • MONIQUE DUBIEF says:

    How can I hear the song being played by this musician? I tried to click on everything but I do not hear anything.

  • Vermonty says:

    This is such a great, beautiful and yet simple song that I really love! Thank you for making it easy and great to learn!
    If you want listen to the song, search videos for it! :)

  • Vermonty says:

    I just agree with others that Dm7 to D should be Dm7 to G in the line- I… I love you

  • thebgruppen says:

    try listening to it on grooveshark

  • harleythecat says:

    I love this song but there was a mistake in the lyrics. Its not “the brightness of day, I like he dark” I believe its “The bright blessed day, dark sacred night” Again awesome song and easy o play too! ;)

  • ukegeek44 says:

    Love this song so much! I’m totally gonna perform it for a concert or something..c.co

  • RancorRadiated says:

    Make more songs like “Oh, What a Life” – American Authors or maybe Filipino songs like “Narda” – Kamikazee

  • hewhoshallnotbenamed says:

    Great song, love the mashup but there are a lot of wrong lyrics. I would suggest searching the actual lyrics to Over the Rainbow and just writing this all down on paper.

  • My uke is called Uky says:

    I laughed at how this is rated 4/5 in difficulty yet it was the first song I learnt on the uke! Simple yet beautiful , I love it!

  • dougma says:

    I would recommend listening to the arrangement. It is on YouTube. The chords are correct. It isn’t a mash up of two songs. It borrows from them , but is a unique song.

  • Ukeluckiguess says:

    These chords don’t sound right, and my uke is totally fine. I just tuned and replaced all out the string and yet the chords are sound like they came from a Philip Glass song. Don’t get me wrong, though, because I love this song more than any other. Just doesn’t sound right to me…..

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