Artist Leonard Cohen
Album Various Positions
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Intro:
    E           Dbm          E           Dbm
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:
     E                 Dbm
I've heard there was a secret chord
     E                    Dbm
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
    A                B               E       B
But you don't really care for music, do you?

Pre-Chorus:
   E                   A           B
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
    Dbm              A
The minor fall, the major lift
    B               Abm          Dbm
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Chorus:
     A           Dbm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      A          E-B-E-E
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
     E                        Dbm
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    E               Dbm
You saw her bathing on the roof
    A             B             E        B
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you

Pre-Chorus:
    E 
She tied you
     A       B
To a kitchen chair
    Dbm     
She broke your throne,
    A
she cut your hair
    B                  Abm            Dbm
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Chorus:
     A           Dbm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      A          E-B-E-E
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
E               Dbm
Maybe I've been here before
  E                    Dbm
I know this room, I've walked this floor
  A             B             E       B
I used to live alone before I knew you

Pre-Chorus:
     E                     A      B
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Dbm             A
love is not a victory march
       B               Abm          Dbm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Chorus:
     A           Dbm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      A          E-B-E-E
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
      E                Dbm
There was a time you'd let me know
E                     Dbm
What's real and going on below
    A             B             E       B
But now you never show it to me do you?

Pre-Chorus:
   E            A        B
Remember when I moved in you?
    Dbm            A
The holy dark was moving too
    B               Abm            Dbm
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Chorus:
     A           Dbm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      A          E-B-E-E
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
E               Dbm
Maybe there's a God above
    E          Dbm
And all I ever learned from love
    A               B              E        B
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you

Pre-Chorus:
     E                 A       B
It's not a cry you can hear at night
     Dbm                 A
It's not somebody who's seen the light
       B               Abm          Dbm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Outro:
A Dbm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
A E-B
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
A Dbm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
A E-B-E
Hallelujah, Hallelujah    
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438 Comments

  1. Lillian House

    The strumming pattern I use is down down up up.

  2. someone

    the Em sounds better with a E7

  3. SarahA14

    I strum once down then i pluck according to the tablature at the start but sometimes i only pluck the 3 strings closest to my face going down for the chorus.

  4. anyone know what strumming pattern to use??

  5. Hiimnew

    Can you please do “campfire song” front he percy jackson musical?!

  6. Malduck12

    I love this song! ?

  7. Yeetboiiii

    This song is really good to sing along to while playing da uke?

  8. Ukulele_Macy

    Easier to sing*

  9. Ukulele_Macy

    -7 isn’t necessarily easier but it’s easier

  10. Anime Qween

    Hehehe this is awesome sadly tey don’t have phantom of the opera on here (Website) but it’s ok!!!

  11. Lili Wills

    Please help me!! What key is this in? Thank you!!!

  12. Well I’ve 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
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
    You saw her bathing on the roof
    Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
    She tied you to her kitchen chair
    And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    But 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 ya
    And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
    And love…

  13. great song

  14. strumming pattern anyone??

    • RoseKell

      The strumming pattern I use is down down up up except for during the pre chorus the part like “The fourth, the fifth” I only do down up.

    • woodsilvanya

      for the leonard cohen version it’s DDUU but i love bon jovi version much more and i use DDUUDU

  15. UkePlayingPianist

    Does the first Am in the pre chorus sound strange to anyone else? It throws me off a bit.

  16. musicforlifeXD

    This song is awesome and it’s sooo fun to play when you have nothing to do. The chords are perfect and it’s easy to learn.

  17. t\wtf

  18. Neilston Strings

    How can I download songs to song book. I have amazon fire tablet?

  19. Sally Sun

    I think it sounds better playing E7 instead of Em

  20. I use my baritone uke and it sounds AMAZING!

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