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       F        C     Dm        Am
I see trees of green, red roses too
Gm         F       A7         Dm     
I see them bloom, for me and you,
      Bb                C                F
And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

      F        C        Dm        Am
I see skies of blue and clouds of white,
Gm                 F        A7           Dm
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night,
      Bb                C                F
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

    C                          F
The colours of a rainbow are so pretty in the sky
C                       F
Are also on the faces of people going by
        Dm             Am          Dm         Am
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
Dm             Am     F      C
They’re really saying I love you.

       F      C     Dm           Am
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
Gm                 F     A7             Dm
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know,
      Bb                C               F
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

      Bb                C                F
Yes I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
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  1. I played this with the chords c g f a7, then f c g Am, and then f g c and it worked better. The next chords are g f Am then a7 c a7 c and then a7 c g am g. Try it and it might work out better for your voice :)

  2. Michael Paul Helms

    I think the F on ‘I love you’ should be Gm? I can’t make the vocals fit elsewise


    does anyone know how to play this song in a higher key because i can’t sing this low and i can’t go an octive higher because it stresses my vocal cords

  4. This is great! For a fun little chord turn around at the end of verses 1, 2 & 4, you can add the minor 2 (Gmin) and the Five (C) at a half bar each. It would look like this:

    Bb C F Gmin C
    And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.

  5. tiani aerenga

    who actually bashes people for liking an instrument? imagine being this rude and pressed over an instrument lmao

  6. Very puzzling. I’m “good enough” to gig on upright bass in four jazz groups and a couple of big bands, and have played guitar for 40 years, but I prefer playing uke to guitar.

  7. StringedInstruments

    I play both guitar and ukulele. Some songs I sing for my church group sound better on a uke, some sound better on a guitar. My dad plays the guitar so when I play with him it’s usually on the uke for a sound contrast. Although I respect the guitar I respect the ukulele too.

  8. uh what? that’s not at all true, guitar and ukulele sound completely different and some people prefer the sound of ukulele. don’t bash people just for liking a different instrument dude

  9. For strumming, I pluck G and C at the same time and then DU UDU

  10. man something about that album covers always creeped me out

  11. Ukulele_girl_island

    For the strumming pattern you can do DDU UDU

  12. For the strumming pattern, I usually just use DDU in a slow manner for each chord… it gives a pretty peaceful vibe. That’s just what I use :)

  13. instead of Bb, it should be Db

  14. I love the song, my favorite. I’m a beginner at ukelele and this will be my masterpiece.

  15. What a wonderful song!

  16. I like playing this on 7+ and mashing it up with Twenty One Pilots Can’t Help Falling in Love! View Renee Dominque’s video to see what I’m talking about

    • ummm duh

      Twenty One Pilots did a cover, they didn’t write the song Elvis Presley did.

      • Um, duh duh 2. While Elvis was the performer, it was written by Hugo Peretti an team. Can anyone name a song Elvis actually wrote?

  17. I really love this song. As for the strumming, I just find a Vedio of it on YouTube and go from there. There are many deferent ways to do this. Just do what feels right to you.

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