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

Pre-Chorus:
   Ab                   Db           Eb
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
    Fm              Db
The minor fall, the major lift
    Eb               Cm          Fm
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Chorus:
     Db           Fm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Db          Ab-Eb-Ab-Ab
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
     Ab                        Fm
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    Ab               Fm
You saw her bathing on the roof
    Db             Eb             Ab        Eb
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you

Pre-Chorus:
    Ab 
She tied you
     Db       Eb
To a kitchen chair
    Fm     
She broke your throne,
    Db
she cut your hair
    Eb                  Cm            Fm
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Chorus:
     Db           Fm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Db          Ab-Eb-Ab-Ab
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
Ab               Fm
Maybe I've been here before
  Ab                    Fm
I know this room, I've walked this floor
  Db             Eb             Ab       Eb
I used to live alone before I knew you

Pre-Chorus:
     Ab                     Db      Eb
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Fm             Db
love is not a victory march
       Eb               Cm          Fm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Chorus:
     Db           Fm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Db          Ab-Eb-Ab-Ab
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
      Ab                Fm
There was a time you'd let me know
Ab                     Fm
What's real and going on below
    Db             Eb             Ab       Eb
But now you never show it to me do you?

Pre-Chorus:
   Ab            Db        Eb
Remember when I moved in you?
    Fm            Db
The holy dark was moving too
    Eb               Cm            Fm
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Chorus:
     Db           Fm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Db          Ab-Eb-Ab-Ab
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
Ab               Fm
Maybe there's a God above
    Ab          Fm
And all I ever learned from love
    Db               Eb              Ab        Eb
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you

Pre-Chorus:
     Ab                 Db       Eb
It's not a cry you can hear at night
     Fm                 Db
It's not somebody who's seen the light
       Eb               Cm          Fm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Outro:
Db Fm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Db Ab-Eb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Db Fm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Db Ab-Eb-Ab
Hallelujah, Hallelujah    
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438 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. niamh ross

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

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

    • coppertop

      Instead of E7 try a Ddim7…

      1-2-1-2
      or
      4-5-4-5

      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.

  4. i love this song!!!!!

  5. A wild nugget

    I actually just pluck 2 3 1 4, 1 3 2 (on the strings) it sounds good to me tbh

  6. Lucential

    I’ve found that if you play Em for the second hallelujah in the chorus and Em G C for the fourth it sounds pretty good

  7. Ddu

  8. My friends at my school are singing hallelujah, so I thought it would be kinda cool if I learnt it on ukulele and surprise them. (and the strumming patter is down down up up)

  9. IJustLikePlayingTheUke

    It works a lot better with a low G string, sadly, I lost mine a while ago and had to restring my ukulele with a high G string

  10. Brownie

    The best strumming pattern more me is…. None! Lol I just strum it once and it really adds to the air of emotion in the song.

  11. Impromptu

    Hey Mazdri , I like to go like d,d,u,d,d,u,etc.

  12. Impromptu

    I love love love this song IT IS SO PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Survivor

    Great song, would it be proper to do e7 instead of em? Just for the transition.

    some…BODY once told me.

  14. fickle-lemon

    I usually try to play a song by ear and then look it up to see if I’m doing it right. I taught myself in -7 so it is easy for me and it’s my favorite way to play it. Plus its easier for me to sing.

    • 22webbm

      This Helped Me Soooo Much! Thank You! My Voice Doesn’t Go As High As The Ukulele If I Used Transposition 0, -7 Really Helps!

  15. nice! I LOVE this song

  16. coco loco

    i love this song

  17. I think that it’s easier to sing along to in -5, cause it’s a bit lower…

  18. Play -3 if you find the original key too high. It’s a little harder to play but with practice sounds really nice!

  19. DDU

  20. rylea_jsow

    I think if you capo the first fret, it sounds better and it’s an easier vocal range for someone like me with a lower range.

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