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

Pre-Chorus:
   Gb                   B           Db
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
    Ebm              B
The minor fall, the major lift
    Db               Bbm          Ebm
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Chorus:
     B           Ebm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      B          Gb-Db-Gb-Gb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
     Gb                        Ebm
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    Gb               Ebm
You saw her bathing on the roof
    B             Db             Gb        Db
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you

Pre-Chorus:
    Gb 
She tied you
     B       Db
To a kitchen chair
    Ebm     
She broke your throne,
    B
she cut your hair
    Db                  Bbm            Ebm
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Chorus:
     B           Ebm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      B          Gb-Db-Gb-Gb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Verse:
Gb               Ebm
Maybe I've been here before
  Gb                    Ebm
I know this room, I've walked this floor
  B             Db             Gb       Db
I used to live alone before I knew you

Pre-Chorus:
     Gb                     B      Db
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Ebm             B
love is not a victory march
       Db               Bbm          Ebm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Chorus:
     B           Ebm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      B          Gb-Db-Gb-Gb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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

Pre-Chorus:
   Gb            B        Db
Remember when I moved in you?
    Ebm            B
The holy dark was moving too
    Db               Bbm            Ebm
And every breath we drew was hallelujah

Chorus:
     B           Ebm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
      B          Gb-Db-Gb-Gb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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

Pre-Chorus:
     Gb                 B       Db
It's not a cry you can hear at night
     Ebm                 B
It's not somebody who's seen the light
       Db               Bbm          Ebm
It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah

Outro:
B Ebm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
B Gb-Db
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
B Ebm
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
B Gb-Db-Gb
Hallelujah, Hallelujah    
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440 Comments

  1. I think the song was really beautiful and I loved. But its kinda hard to sing along to

  2. -2 is so good for alto voices!!

  3. cant figure out the strumming pattern, anyone help?

    • I like to just pluck each string individually up and down. (on guitar do the same with the bottom 4 strings)

  4. Wait nvm sorry!

  5. Strumming Pattern Please Anyone??

  6. bearstronaut

    I a l w a y s scream out “the baffled king composing HALLELUJAAAAAH”

  7. The best strumming pattern is DD-UU

  8. Sahara Snow

    This was my late grandfather’s favourite song, I walked down the aisle to it at my wedding, and now it’s the first song I learned on ukulele! Love love love, thank you!

  9. _.carson.mullen._

    REPLACE EM WITH E7!!!

  10. Its Ya Boi

    This was the first song I learned for the ukulele! It’s so beautiful, and I play it all the time

  11. SittingInSilence

    TOP=<3

  12. +5 for easier to ding to chords xx

  13. TheDarkMormon

    I really enjoy the song when it is transposed to -5. It fit better with my vocal range.

  14. I love this song :)

  15. This song is really good

  16. THIS SONG IS BEAUTIFUL

  17. RUBY the uke

    Am I the only one here for the one part of Taco Bell Saga? XD

  18. I Made A Different Intro Myself Try It Out If You Would Like I personal Really enjoy this version better.

    xA|—-3——-3——-2——-2——-0——-0——-2——-2—-|
    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——-0——-0——-0——-0——-0——-0—–|

  19. Bob the uke guy

    It sounds awesome if you tune your co cert uke f b d# g#

  20. Bob the uke guy

    It sounds awesome if you tune your co cert uke f b d g

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