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

Pre-Chorus:
   Bb                   Eb           F
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
    Gm              Eb
The minor fall, the major lift
    F               Dm          Gm
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Chorus:
     Eb           Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Eb          Bb-F-Bb-Bb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
     Bb                        Gm
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    Bb               Gm
You saw her bathing on the roof
    Eb             F             Bb        F
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you

Pre-Chorus:
    Bb 
She tied you
     Eb       F
To a kitchen chair
    Gm     
She broke your throne,
    Eb
she cut your hair
    F                  Dm            Gm
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Chorus:
     Eb           Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Eb          Bb-F-Bb-Bb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
Bb               Gm
Maybe I've been here before
  Bb                    Gm
I know this room, I've walked this floor
  Eb             F             Bb       F
I used to live alone before I knew you

Pre-Chorus:
     Bb                     Eb      F
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Gm             Eb
love is not a victory march
       F               Dm          Gm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Chorus:
     Eb           Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Eb          Bb-F-Bb-Bb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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

Pre-Chorus:
   Bb            Eb        F
Remember when I moved in you?
    Gm            Eb
The holy dark was moving too
    F               Dm            Gm
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Chorus:
     Eb           Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      Eb          Bb-F-Bb-Bb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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

Pre-Chorus:
     Bb                 Eb       F
It's not a cry you can hear at night
     Gm                 Eb
It's not somebody who's seen the light
       F               Dm          Gm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Outro:
Eb Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Eb Bb-F
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Eb Gm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Eb Bb-F-Bb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah    
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438 Comments

  1. I use dd udu as my strumming pattern

  2. this song sounds sooo much better picked

  3. Keep it up

  4. A good and easy strumming pattern would be D UD UD UD…etc.

  5. Shane Kibbey

    This is awesome I love it and it is my favorite song thank you

  6. Shane Kibbey

    Hey thanks for making this

  7. The Em can be replaced with an E7 which is first string first fret, second string second fret, open third string, and fourth string second fret. the E7 gives the suspension and resolution you hear in the original song.

  8. nonono pooppy not nice

    wegedibels

  9. I’m just a beginner this is my third song that I have learned

  10. Try the strum pattern DDU UDU. You’ll do that once for each lyric.

    • I prefer to fingerpick on A and E strings together then the C string once, repeating the whole way through it sound really pretty :)

  11. I love this song so much but i reather play it on piano

  12. I prefer it at -2. To me, that sounds like a better key if you’re singing it too.

  13. Beebo's Forehead

    AM I the only one who instead of singing the actual song, uses this to play the My Chalupa par of Taco Bell Saga by Twenty One Pilots? XD

  14. Thank you for this tab! It’s really simple and sounds just right to me! :D

  15. This is the second song i learn (im just beggining with the ukulele) and i think this song is beautiful.

  16. DDUU sounds really good to me, and the part of the pre-chorus with f and g real close requires a quicker change (like down on F and then up on G), but otherwise it’s real simple and sounds almost exactly like the real thing

  17. What is the strumming supposed to be?

  18. Some people might call a pre-chorus… a… VERSE?!?!

    • No, a pre-chorus and a verse are two different things. A pre-chorus is a part that repeats before the chorus. But I get you might be confused about that ;)

  19. I’m confused how 2 play the song

  20. Happy Customer

    This and really helped me learn the uke

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