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Chords in this song

Am chordC chordEm chordF chordG chord

chords or tablatures

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Intro:
    CC chord           AmAm chord          CC chord           AmAm chord
xA|----3-----3-----0-----0-----3-----3-----0-----0----|
xE|---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---|
xC|--0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0--|
xG|-0-----0-----2-----2-----0-----0-----2-----2-------|
 
Verse:
     CC chord                 AmAm chord
I've heard there was a secret chord
     CC chord                    AmAm chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
    FF chord                GG chord               CC chord       GG chord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
 
Pre-Chorus:
   CC chord                   FF chord           GG chord
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
    AmAm chord              FF chord
The minor fall, the major lift
    GG chord               EmEm chord          AmAm chord
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
 
Chorus:
     FF chord           AmAm chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      FF chord          CC chord-GG chord-CC chord-CC chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
 
Verse:
     CC chord                        AmAm chord
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    CC chord               AmAm chord
You saw her bathing on the roof
    FF chord             GG chord             CC chord        GG chord
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
 
Pre-Chorus:
    CC chord 
She tied you
     FF chord       GG chord
To a kitchen chair
    AmAm chord     
She broke your throne,
    FF chord
she cut your hair
    GG chord                  EmEm chord            AmAm chord
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
 
Chorus:
     FF chord           AmAm chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      FF chord          CC chord-GG chord-CC chord-CC chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
 
Verse:
CC chord               AmAm chord
Maybe I've been here before
  CC chord                    AmAm chord
I know this room, I've walked this floor
  FF chord             GG chord             CC chord       GG chord
I used to live alone before I knew you
 
Pre-Chorus:
     CC chord                     FF chord      GG chord
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
AmAm chord             FF chord
love is not a victory march
       GG chord               EmEm chord          AmAm chord
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah
 
Chorus:
     FF chord           AmAm chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      FF chord          CC chord-GG chord-CC chord-CC chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
 
Verse:
      CC chord                AmAm chord
There was a time you'd let me know
CC chord                     AmAm chord
What's real and going on below
    FF chord             GG chord             CC chord       GG chord
But now you never show it to me do you?
 
Pre-Chorus:
   CC chord            FF chord        GG chord
Remember when I moved in you?
    AmAm chord            FF chord
The holy dark was moving too
    GG chord               EmEm chord            AmAm chord
And every breath we drew was hallelujah
 
Chorus:
     FF chord           AmAm chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      FF chord          CC chord-GG chord-CC chord-CC chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
 
Verse:
CC chord               AmAm chord
Maybe there's a God above
    CC chord          AmAm chord
And all I ever learned from love
    FF chord               GG chord              CC chord        GG chord
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
 
Pre-Chorus:
     CC chord                 FF chord       GG chord
It's not a cry you can hear at night
     AmAm chord                 FF chord
It's not somebody who's seen the light
       GG chord               EmEm chord          AmAm chord
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah
 
Outro:
FF chord AmAm chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
FF chord CC chord-GG chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
FF chord AmAm chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
FF chord CC chord-GG chord-CC chord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah    

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.

161 Comments

  • taylorrose says:

    Hi! I really love this song but since the chord progression changes for the verses, pre-chorus and chorus, it would be extremely helpful if you wrote out the chords for the whole song. It would save everyone who uses this tab having to write it out themselves.

    Thanks :)

  • brianna says:

    I love this song so much, but it’d make it a lot easier if you added the cords to all the lyrics! :)

  • Lucas says:

    “Hi! I really love this song but since the chord progression changes for the verses, pre-chorus and chorus, it would be extremely helpful if you wrote out the chords for the whole song. It would save everyone who uses this tab having to write it out themselves.

    Thanks :)”

    I totally agree with taylorrose. =]

    Thank you ^^

  • Livi22 says:

    Yeah, I agree with everyone who has posted comments. It would be sooooo much easier and better if the chords were one the whole song, since it’s sorta hard for me to memorize the chords (I’m only 11!)

  • taylorrose says:

    Hi again! I know I’ve already said this, along with a couple of other people but as far as I know, our comments haven’t been seen. Please write out all of the chords to the song!
    Thank you :)

  • Jonas says:

    Apologies for the delay everyone! I have now placed the chords throughout the song! :-)

  • taylorrose says:

    Thank you!!! :D

  • claire says:

    hi! i really love this song but it would be help full if you added all the lyrics and chors and put them in the correct order. thank you!

  • Emily says:

    i liove this song so much and knowing it on the uki is great

  • Carlton says:

    This is the first song I ever learned on my uke thank you guys!

  • Dodgson_here says:

    I think the penultimate chord in the pre-chorus should be E7 not Em. At least when I play it on my own, I prefer the added tension leading to the Am.

    • KStar says:

      THIS. A thousand times, this. The E7 (instead of Em) really nails the tension of that note and makes the resolve to Am so much more satisfying. Good ear, Dodgson!

    • emmab22 says:

      E7 sounds amazing!!!! It might just be a personal preference, as people listening yo me asked why it sounded “different”, but that it great. Thank you so much and even though it’s not in the song here it still sounds great ;)

    • ukuduke says:

      I totally agree! The tension adds a more completed feeling once you play the Am, as opposed to the Em, which almost leaves the phrase hanging. I think it could be played either way, but my friends and I have all decided to play the E7 (we’re a small band that mostly plays worship songs and this is one of our favorites).

  • musicrox says:

    Hi! These chords are super accurate!!! Thanks so much. Really awesome song! ☺☺

  • Izze says:

    Thanks so much for these awesome chords!

  • Xenia says:

    I think this song is absolutely perfect! But I’ve been playing the ukulele for a while now and I still can’t figure out how to read/play the intro part. What do all those symbols mean? If anyone can help out that would be awesome! Thanks! :)

    • UkeTarSinger says:

      Hello Xenia!
      The intro is tablature. Each one of the lines (made of dashes) represent strings on the uke. The numbers mean the fret you put your fingers on.
      Hope it helps

  • ryduple@gmail.com says:

    I think Dodgson_here is right about the Em being an E7. Thanks for the chords!

  • MC says:

    I love this song!! Thank you! Now the second song I learned!! <3

  • ukulelelover says:

    i just ignore the intro @ Xenia

  • sammyf says:

    @Xenia: read from left to right, each line is one of your cords (not cHord!), a 0 means open (no fret pressed), a number means press this fret for this particular cord.
    In this intro you press the third fret on the A cord, then start struming slowly down, then back up (keep the third fret on the A-cord pressed), then back down, (release the A-Cord, press the second fret on the G cord), back up, etc …
    The tempo is up to you.
    I might be completely wrong of course, as I’m really just a beginner, but that’s how I understood those notations. On Hallelujah it’s pretty simple thankfully :)

  • cupcakeukulele says:

    Does anyone know if you can play this with the Rufus Wainwright version?

  • XoxMeganxoX says:

    Really helpful absolutely love this song :)

  • Ginny_Potter2003 says:

    I love this song but in the beginning of the song, it is ” I heard there was a sacred chord.”

  • betty says:

    Love that the chords are now locked at the top of the page. Thank you.

  • jalyn757 says:

    Thanks so much! I love this song and it is a super accurate represent ation of the song. Great to know on the uke!

  • ChloeRW says:

    This might just be personal preference, (im not trying to be rude I swear) but in the pre-chorus I chose to play E7 instead of Em. I feel like it builds up to the Am more then the Em does, but that might be just me. ;)

  • MaYaXP says:

    I love playing this in the +5 trans. It sounds really good to me hahah.

  • Ukebex says:

    Thank you so much for this as I have been wanting to play this for ages! I was just wondering the lyrics in his song are different to the ones here and I thought maybe it was just the one that I have but it’s off his real album so I’m a bit confused. Not a criticism by the way just wondered

  • EmJayJacko says:

    Sooo much easier on the female voice if you transpose it 5 half-steps up (no capo).
    Thank you so much for uploading this tab, you did a wonderful job!

  • Stella G says:

    I really love playing the pre chorus. It gives me a good feeling inside

  • Annie says:

    HI I AM YOUR #1 FAN I JUST WANTED TO SAY I LOVE YOUR SONG IT MAKES A LOT OF SENCE AND YOU ROCK

  • ahmwills says:

    the lyrics are slightly off in some places “the holy /dove/ was moving too” dove not dark

  • KKIBB59 says:

    Love this song/music thank you for putting it online for us to play.
    I bought my first Uke a week ago (7th Nov ’14) having never picked up a string instrument in my life and I’m just mastering picking having mastered chords on some really easy tunes.
    It would have been helpful for the chords to be written out too, but I can see that it may cause copyright issues if you do. I can’t read music but can follow what should go where and when, I suppose I could teach that to meself as I go along.

    Anyway thanks for the music to Hallelujah and God bless you.
    Kat (UK)

  • andy says:

    can someone explain me how to read the tabs please?

  • Alicia says:

    for an alto voice, I actually found this piece easier to play by transposing 5 half-steps down then singing it an octave higher. Kind of weird, but it works.

  • Mary Claire says:

    This is so perfect, thanks! I’ve finally found the song for my school Show Fest!!!

  • JasonLi says:

    Could someone tell me how I should read the intro?

  • Phillip Hansel says:

    Two more verses Leonard has been known to sing…

    You say I took, the name in vein,
    But I don’t even know the name,
    but if I did, well really, what’s it to ya?
    There’s a blaze of light in every word,
    It doesn’t matter which you’ve heard,
    the Holy or the Broken Hallelujah…

    Chorus:

    I did my best, it wasn’t much
    I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch,
    I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya,

    And even though it all went wrong,
    I’ll stand before the Lord of song,
    with nothing on my tounge but Hallelujah!!!

  • geekgut123 says:

    when it gets to the end of the pre-chorus i just scream my lungs out

  • ukegeek44 says:

    I love this song so much!

  • SaraESpivey says:

    THIS IS FANTASTIC. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. (Leonard is a genius. But Jeff MADE this song what it is. My opinion.)

    GOD BLESS. <3

  • Laughing Potato says:

    Hey, guys! I’m kinda new to this ukulele community. This is the, like, third song I learned on my uke. But this place makes it a lot easier when it comes to learning songs. I just love how it shows you how to finger the notes. I find it extremely helpful. Thanks for making this. Love the song, too! And just about every other song on this place. Soo helpful!

  • Laughing Potato says:

    I’m somewhat new to playing the ukulele. This was maybe the THIRD song I learned, and I love it so much. This page makes it so super easy to learn the songs that are pretty modern. But I like how it has how to finger the notes. I mean, it’s bizarre, really, how easy this sight makes learning songs. X3

  • Cheesegirl says:

    That was really easy:)
    Thx for the tab!

  • Cheesegirl says:

    Wait… Jonas, do you own this site? Just a question:)

  • guitarlps says:

    i learnt it easily but at the end i was like AHHHHH NOT THE SAAAAAAMMMMMMEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

  • Big al says:

    Dodgson_here was right about E7 it seems more sense to progress to Am by transitioning from E7 instead of entirely changing the finger pattern

  • jagora says:

    I´m new with the ukelele and this tabs are really very good !! Thank you so much

  • dasPenguin says:

    i love this song and it was the first song i ever played on the uke

  • jgfv kmgsbfvm'hckwndjbfh sbcjkdo says:

    fun!!!

  • jgfv kmgsbfvm'hckwndjbfh sbcjkdo says:

    morgan freeman and shrek sent me

  • Madisonec11 says:

    i like -2.

  • Bananahawley says:

    I do not like the lyrics in the second verse at all… Seriously, what kind of woman would be dumb enough to bathe on top of her roof?

    • Abbydabbydoo2903 says:

      The woman was named Bathsheba. This was in ancient Israel and women actually bathed in there private courtyards.King David was sitting on the roof of the palace and saw her bathing.

  • Really? says:

    @bananahawley…. Really? You’ve obviously never read the bible or a least know some of the stories. The lyrics are perfect.

  • Lucie says:

    @Bananahawley It’s not actually a woman bathing on the roof, its a reference to the bible (Samuel 11:2-3)

  • Carterboy says:

    @Phillip Hansel THANK YOU!!!

  • R0538uD says:

    Just an FYI the words are “holy dove” not “holy dark” Though dark has been known before it’s talking about the Holy Spirit which symbol is a dove. :)

  • Squigglez123 says:

    HI, I love playing this song! I think the Em in the pre-chorus sounds a bit better as E7. It just adds a bit more feeling or something.

  • Alex Fielder says:

    I love this song! Thanks!

  • sfm199 says:

    Great work, I really do think this is very well written and helpful especially for a beginner to learn. The only thing I have about this, and I wouldn’t really call it too much of a complaint, but it seems like that you wrote inspired by Rufus Wainwright, who is another artist who covered it. I understand why you did say that this was written by Leonard Cohen, because it originally was, but I just find it would be more helpful to just input that, as the intro and outro imparticular are from the version by Wainwright. This is still very well done, and this tab can be played to Cohen’s original version, just without the intro and with a different outro, but I thought that it would just help to say so incase someone was confused about anything.

  • carina says:

    thank you for sharing this!!! a good moment this evening while i’m playing and singing this beautiful song! thank you!

  • Uelle says:

    I followed the advice of some above and it does work better for the female voice when transposing +5. Chords may not be as easy as the ‘normal’ version but it is worth it to keep your voice steady. Again, I can’t thank you enough for the transposing tool!

  • graceprentice says:

    hallelujah…

  • Landon says:

    Great job but can you please oh PLEASE put the chords throught the entire song

  • Ben says:

    Hi, I’m learning to fingerpick this song. I’m using a steady 123456 beat and everything is beautiful until the prechorus when it changes tempo. Any tips? Thanks!

  • F.A. says:

    Hi! Beginner here..
    This song is great… but the tuning is so high @___@
    How would we make it lower?
    Thanks to anyone who will answer

    • Abbey says:

      hi this is quite a late reply but if you go up to the top of the screen there are a bunch of boxes with numbers and if you click them they transpose the key. In my opinion, +2 sounds much prettier, but the notes are quite low vocally and i have trouble reaching them. hope this helps

  • Virginia Alexa says:

    …… Pentatonix’s new Christmas album anyone?

  • Mathew says:

    I have heard the line ‘with? light blazing with every word’ in a verse sung by a male quire. Anyone?

  • lvb says:

    There is a key change. Please add.

  • laurence says:

    rip Leonard

  • Mim says:

    RIP to the Bard of Montreal.

    May his music live on far beyond our years.

  • Helene says:

    I think it sounds better if you use E7 instead of Em

  • Saffellclemmer says:

    Love -5

  • lcutsinger says:

    I really like +5!

  • Javan says:

    LOVE THIS SONG! The 2nd to last pre-chorus it says “the holy dark” but the correct lyric is “the Holy Ghost”

  • Paul says:

    The progression for the line “The baffled king composing hallelujah” should be C E. Am. Not C Em Am.

  • abbey rose says:

    can should please tell me what strum pattern to use and if you would like to comment and tell me what songs are fun to play. I have been recently looking for new songs to play!

    thank you! :)

  • Specs says:

    I heard this @ #Disricts17. People would just sit next to the wall and start playing now I can join in. Thanks ukutabs!

  • DrCav says:

    I agree with Helene.
    It should be E major rather than E minor

    • Iddabeb says:

      I’m eleven and my hands aren’t big enough to do the chord “E”. If it had an “E” instead of “EM”, I would probably just turn away and find different song. AND THEN I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PLAY THIS BEAUTIFUL SONG!!! So it MIGHT really be “E”, but “EM” totally works for me.

  • Morgan says:

    I live this song! Its a super easy one too!!

  • Sarah O. says:

    Love this! But I feel that instead of playing an Em, E7 is more fitting to the actual song.

  • Anonumous Man says:

    Hey! this is wonderful music,but it says that we can only use it for private study, scholarship or research. i have to perform some songs on the ukulele and idk if im “allowed” to use this music

    • Smashdiggity;) says:

      I’m pretty sure that you can use it to perform, I think it just means like you can’t publish it elsewhere or claim it be your own work

  • People are people live with it says:

    I really feel this is a great song. It’s great to play on the ukulele, but me and my brother usually do duets so my uke is kind of hard to hear. Anyway this is a great song and I absolutely love it, and I hope you will too!!! :3

  • People are people live with it says:

    What is the strum pattern for this song? Or does it not have one?

  • Uku says:

    Great tab! Love’d learning this song! But you have wrong lyrics in some of the verses. Here’s what Jeff wrote!

    Well I heard there was a secret chord
    That David played and it pleased the Lord
    But you don’t really care for music, do you?
    Well it goes like this: the fourth, the fifth
    The minor fall and the major lift
    The baffled king composing Hallelujah
    Hallelujah [x4]
    Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    You saw her bathing on the roof
    Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
    She tied you to her kitchen chair
    She broke your throne and she cut your hair
    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
    Hallelujah [x4]
    Baby I’ve been here before
    I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor (you know)
    I used to live alone before I knew you
    And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
    And love is not a victory march
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
    Hallelujah [x4]
    There was a time when you let me know
    What’s really going on below
    But now you never show that to me, do you?
    But remember when I moved in you
    And the holy dove was moving too
    And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
    Hallelujah [x4]
    Maybe there’s a God above
    All I’ve ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
    And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
    It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
    Hallelujah [x13]

  • lecat says:

    wow this sounds great and honestly it sounds even better on my soprano ukulele

  • Ev says:

    Hey Ukulele Bango! There’s no glitch, everyone who posted that there was a glitch posted that years ago. So you’re seeing it right.

  • lcornell says:

    great & easy chords but I find -5 so much easier to sing

  • Someone says:

    Instead of G you an do G7, it sounds better

  • Seabass says:

    I personally like to switch out the G on the last line of the verse for an Fmin. It just sounds better on a ukulele, and it definitely adds emotion to the song if you strum harder in the first two lines of the pre-chorus and then switch to soft strumming for the last line in combo.

  • Becca says:

    I am pretty sure the Em before the chorus should be an E7.

  • Alex says:

    ❤️ this song!

  • Smashdiggity;) says:

    for strumming patterns I found the best one was down down up down down up, and it works for the whole song beautifully

  • Eleanor says:

    You don’t play Em you play E7 I think and the picking pattern is wrong

  • ItsFreeRealEstate says:

    I love this! It’s so easy to play and its beautiful.

  • dls2004 says:

    Try these chords in Capo 4 with faster tempo…gives it a whole new sound.

  • Melanie Martinez says:

    I think this tab was a success! :) :)

  • jacob says:

    if you’re having trouble i recommend transpose 0, it’s the easiest

  • AJ says:

    How dold you do it ??
    DDUDU ?

  • Tate Bishop says:

    i run a youtube channel called Tate Bishop (formerly epictate)
    and ive been trying to contact the admins of this website please contact me at epictate.com@gmail.com
    Thank You

  • DiamondWolf says:

    Will someone please explain how to read the intro? All I see is morse code and letters, will anyone help me out?

  • Ukulele Lover says:

    What is the strumming pattern?

  • Virginia Alexa says:

    I like +2

  • Rouge says:

    This is such a great song!! Nice job! :-D

  • Austin says:

    I love -3 with an E7 instead of an A. It sounds cool and is easier to play.

  • Mtaylor says:

    What’s the strum pattern for this? I’m new to uke so I might be missing something but I’ve just been playing D U D for each chord. Is that right?

  • Nina says:

    Could someone please help me with the strumming pattern?

  • Your Friend says:

    Great job Jonas! I use this site for all my songs because i love it. Could I recommend Jesus is a friend of mine by sunseed? My grandfather sang in that song. Also, something just like this by Coldplay would be amazing. Thanks! :)

  • Shelby says:

    -2 is so nice for female voice if you are a mezzo soprano!!!

  • Kate says:

    Strumming pattern?

  • Blurryface says:

    ahem.
    my chaloopa, my chaloopa, my chaloopa, my chalooooooopa
    And as we know there was a man, who preached the truth in rock and sand and jesus wont hold yo sins to you xDDD
    |-/

  • TwentyPaphønies says:

    E7 sounds so much better than Em!!!

  • Karri says:

    I enjoy this song a lot. I am singing/playing it with a group of my friends (I’m the only female voice because they’re all male) and the ukulele part sounds wonderful with the piano part. I also have been using a picking pattern through out the whole song where you go note on A string, note on E string, note on C string twice for each chord. It sounds really nice.

  • mlucy5157 says:

    I am on a chromebook and everything is fine the whole song is there and I can see all of the chord progressions.

  • Today says:

    Strummig pattern?

  • Supernora says:

    -2 works great if you want to play along with the pentatonix version and is still pretty easy :)

  • Elsa says:

    Great to learn and sing to.

  • Ukulele Helper :D says:

    Do -5 for a good key (easy) for girls to sing. It helped me since I am an Alto singer :D

  • Arden says:

    I love this song but they should post a video on the side of someone playing and singing it

  • G says:

    can anyone find a good fret to put a capo on for this song? it’s hard to sing along without sounding like a frog lol. thanks!

  • Mustardondapancake says:

    I like this song but most of all why I came here is for my grandpa, he wants me to learn this song XD but I still like it. Although the part about “you saw her bathing on the roof” is kinda weird and gross but I guess my gramps likes it so, why not!

  • Mayson says:

    I play using a picking pattern, it sounds a lot prettier to me. You play it twice for each chord, and in the pre-chorus when you play C F G
    It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
    you only play the picking/strumming pattern once on the F and G, then carry on normal for the other notes. Hope this Helps!

  • Emma says:

    Try to play like this -> 0-0-3-0-0-3…
    0-2-0-0-2-0…
    1-0-0-1-0-0…
    0-0-0-0-0-0…
    it’s great!!!

  • theatergirl2 says:

    For my voice, I like to transpose up +5

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