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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Intro:
    |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...


    C
Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
      C
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 


C
Someday i'll wish upon a star
G                                Am   F
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
       C
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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477 Comments

  1. Lisa Sivertsen

    I am having a hard time finding tabs all i keep getting is chords does anybody know what tabs are I’m looking for ukulele tabs for kris kristofferson song why me can you help me with this tabs are numbers not chords

  2. Kato Potato

    I love this song! It is so inspirational!

  3. Gregory R Stich

    I’m pretty sure that Iz never played Dorothy Gale.

  4. I love this song so so much lol

  5. Natalie Zeitman

    this isn’t the wizard of oz version

  6. Jordan Nicole

    It’s the artist’s interpretation of the song. The lyrics aren’t necessarily supposed to be word for word, and he needed to change them to make them fit with “What A Wonderful World”.

  7. If you listen along to the official song, all the lyrics are entirely correct

  8. It’s not the original, it’s Israel’s version. that’s why some lyrics are different.

  9. kerriplease

    kerri please stuff it and get off your high horse and enjoy the lyrics

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

  11. waves.aesthetic

    It’s so pretty to play and listen to! Love it so much!

  12. as someone that has played Dorothy Gale in a show before I feel as though I should say that a lot of the lyrics for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” are incorrect. But other than that, it sounds great!

    • Israel’s version is different, lol. Also, no need to mention the Dorothy thing! ;) most of us non-Dorothy’s know the original too.

    • If you listen along to the official song, all the lyrics are entirely correct

    • This is the Iz (Israël Kamakawiwo’ole) version, so the lyrics are correct! If you haven’t listened to it before, you definitely should (it’s beautiful).

    • Hey! While you’re correct, this is the way that Israel sings the song and since this is a tab based on his version of the song, the lyrics are technically correct.

    • That’s awesome that you played Dorothy. Please keep in mind this is Israel’s version and mashup of two very beautiful songs.

    • This is someone else’s version of the song, not the original. From that standpoint, the lyrics appear fairly accurate.

    • Pam Woodall

      Brother Iz made it his own. It was never meant to be a cover of the original of either tune but a blend of two amazing songs.

    • This is the iz version. It’s a completely different song

    • Vickie Thomas

      kerri, the words in the “Iz version” are not “incorrect”, they have been intentionally rearranged… it is his medley of two different songs, Over the Rainbow & What a Wonderful World. As a singer/theater performer, I would think you’d be familiar with interpretations that are not verbatim.

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