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    C           Am          C           Am

     C                 Am
I've heard there was a secret chord
     C                    Am
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
    F                G               C       G
But you don't really care for music, do you?

   C                   F           G
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
    Am              F
The minor fall, the major lift
    G               Em          Am
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

     F           Am
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      F          C-G-C-C
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

     C                        Am
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    C               Am
You saw her bathing on the roof
    F             G             C        G
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you

She tied you
     F       G
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne,
she cut your hair
    G                  Em            Am
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

     F           Am
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      F          C-G-C-C
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

C               Am
Maybe I've been here before
  C                    Am
I know this room, I've walked this floor
  F             G             C       G
I used to live alone before I knew you

     C                     F      G
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Am             F
love is not a victory march
       G               Em          Am
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

     F           Am
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      F          C-G-C-C
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

      C                Am
There was a time you'd let me know
C                     Am
What's real and going on below
    F             G             C       G
But now you never show it to me do you?

   C            F        G
Remember when I moved in you?
    Am            F
The holy dark was moving too
    G               Em            Am
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

     F           Am
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      F          C-G-C-C
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

C               Am
Maybe there's a God above
    C          Am
And all I ever learned from love
    F               G              C        G
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you

     C                 F       G
It's not a cry you can hear at night
     Am                 F
It's not somebody who's seen the light
       G               Em          Am
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

F Am
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
F Am
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah    
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  1. -5 is easiest with my vocal range since the regular key is either too low or too high, and it’s not that bad to play!

  2. Strumming pattern?

  3. -3 sounds really nice

  4. I play this on baritone uke (tuned DGBE) but with the same chord shapes (?) as shown for soprano, with CGCG instead of CGCC and plucking the strings individually (D,G,B,E,B,G,D,G,B,E etc)

  5. Instead of CGCC at the end of the chorus I do CGCG, its sounds better with transitioning into the verses especially cause they start with C

  6. Keith Porter

    How can I get this in Baritone Uke and in tabs?

  7. 22LydiaJoy

    I think that -5 sounds best, and it’s not too hard either.

  8. scroll isn’t working

  9. +5 is the closest one to the rufus rainworth cover (in shrek) it sounds lovey

  10. Potter Life

    This song is so fun to learn.

  11. emma ukulele

    i like plucking the individual strings. I play g c e a e c and than i switch the chord (verse)

  12. Macie Mashek

    so easy to play and fun

  13. I love this website and its very helpful but its so annoying how they dont
    show the strumming patterns

  14. Hello

  15. I love this song and to me at least, it sounds exactly like it. I even was able to play it on piano thanks to this.

  16. Anna Comeskey

    I don’t think it’s the real one but the strum I used was DDUU with a teeny pause after first upstrum

    • Katherine

      I too struggle with knowing what strumming pattern to use! I often use DDUUDU at different tempos.

  17. Ukulele_Wolf_World236

    I just played this song for my first time and I got it completely correct! I love this song and it’s soooo easy to play!

  18. niamh ross

    if you play G7 instead of G and E7 instad of Em it sound a lot more like the song

  19. I’m playing E7 rather than E minor. It sounds OK. Love the site.

    • coppertop

      Instead of E7 try a Ddim7…


      I prefer 4-5-4-5. When you hear it, I think you’ll agree.

    • 22LydiaJoy

      It think it sounds best at -5. I don’t think it’s too hard, and I only started a little over a week ago.

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