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. Gullipoop

    OOFED

  2. Mai is not musicly talented

    Hello ukulele playing friend :)

  3. -5 is the same as +7

  4. +7 is what I use

  5. I figure out what key to sing this in. It’s frustrating me! I love to play it, simple and fun, but the singing is killing me.

  6. This is great for somebody who started two days ago. :)

  7. -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!

  8. DDUU

  9. SarahNova

    -3 sounds really nice

  10. 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)

  11. 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

  12. Keith Porter

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

  13. 22LydiaJoy

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

  14. scroll isn’t working

  15. +5 is the closest one to the rufus rainworth cover (in shrek) it sounds lovey

  16. emma ukulele

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

  17. Macie Mashek

    so easy to play and fun

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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