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Intro -x2-:
     D               Gbm

D                            Gbm
Hey there Delilah, What’s it like in New York City? 
      D                               Gbm
I’m a thousand miles away, But girl tonight you look so pretty, 
        Bm  G                 A                  Bm
Yes you do, Time Square can’t shine as bright as you, 
I swear it’s true. 
D                            Gbm
Hey there Delilah, Don’t you worry about the distance, 
          D                                  Gbm
I’m right there if you get lonely, Give this song another listen, 
           Bm    G            A                Bm 
Close your eyes, Listen to my voice it’s my disguise, 
I’m by your side. 

D                      Bm  D                      Bm
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm            
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
What you do to me. 

D                         Gbm
Hey there Delilah, I know times are getting hard, 
           D                                    Gbm
But just believe me girl some day, I'll pay the bills with this guitar, 
              Bm    G              A               Bm
We'll have it good, We'll have the life we knew we would, 
My word is good. 
D                           Gbm   
Hey there Delilah, I’ve got so much left to say, 
         D                                 Gbm
If every simple song I wrote to you, Would take your breath away, 
             Bm   G            A                  Bm
I’d write it all, Even more in love with me you’d fall, 
We’d have it all. 

D                      Bm  D                      Bm
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm            
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 

G                                      A
A thousand miles seems pretty far, But they’ve got planes and trains and cars, 
D                                 Bm  
I’d walk to you if I had no other way 
G                                         A
Our friends would all make fun of us, And we'll just laugh along because, 
   D                                     Bm
We know that none of them have felt this way, 
G                               A            
Delilah I can promise you, That by the time that we get through, 
    Bm                                               A
The world will never ever be the same, And you’re to blame. 

D                        Gbm
Hey there Delilah you be good, And don’t you miss me, 
         D                                         Gbm
Two more years and you’ll be done with school, And I'll be making history, 
Bm        G                 A              Bm
Like I do, You’ll know it's all because of you, 
G             A            Bm
We can do whatever we want to, 
G           A               Bm                  A
Hey there Delilah here's to you, This one’s for you. 

D                      Bm  D                      Bm
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
D                      Bm  D                      Bm
Oh it’s what you do to me, Oh it’s what you do to me, 
What you do to me. 
   Bm   D    Bm    D    Bm   D    Bm   D D
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  1. local jammah

    and if you were to play it on the guitar it is good with a picking pattern in the f scale

  2. local jammmah

    if you can interprate the plucking and the strumming wth the plucking on the bridges only and the strumming on every thing else than the song sounds nice

  3. Hi. Im new using the ukulele and I don’t understand what people mean by “Transposer on…”

  4. +5 works a lot better with a female voice. :)

  5. I used the strumming pattern all down on verse and DUD:| on chorus and bridge
    Capo on fret 2 on Transposer on -2

  6. +3 is very easy, especially since F and Dm are very close. It also sounds great with a lower female voice.

  7. What Key is this song in as it is written here? I’m brand new, so I’m still learning basic music theory.

    • Beagleblue

      It’s in D major. You can usually tell by what chord each phrase wraps around to. In theory speak, it’s called the tonic. Also, technically, the second chord in the progression should be read as F#m, instead of Gbm, because there are no flats in a D major scale. It’s played the same way, but writing it out like that makes it hard to tell the key right away.
      I don’t know how much of a background you have with music, so I’m not sure how helpful that was lol.

  8. Strumming pattern?

    • use your left hand to make the chord, then with the right hand, pick the top string by itself and then the bottom 3 strings all together.

    • The strumming pattern I used was always down on verses and DUD:| on chorus and bridge

  9. does anyone know a good replacement for Bm I find that chord hard to play.

    • a7 is really close. It is just A but without the Am part, get it?

    • Megz.candles

      Maybe a B? They sound pretty similar.

    • phoebe richardson

      just use your index finger to press down on the three strings and then your middle finger to press on the one individual string for bm, but I would just recommend learning to stretch your fingers it could help with future chords.

  10. this song is so hard!! probably just because i’m teaching myself the uke

    • Susannah

      It’ll be easier if you put it into -2 and then you don’t have the Bm, but that’s just me :)

    • Nora Mendez

      Well yeah ig but practice helps, and imo teaching urself the uke is wayyy easier , i did now i can play any song lol and you could do it , or you probably already did lol but i believe in you!!

    • phoebe richardson

      the song I started out with was pineapple princess its a cute song with easy chord even at the level I am now I still enjoy playing it you should check it out.

  11. a human being

    Put it on -2 and the plucking pattern should go something like this. If you’re doing the C chord, the G chord or the Em, alternate plucking G and A strings, and if you’re doing the Am chord of the F chord, alternate between the G string and the E string. It sounds really good and is really easy.

  12. I just want to say that I am very excited to be starting my Ukelele lessons. I bought one on 15th February as a Valentine’s day gift. My interest was from 2003 when I heard Israel’s medley of Over the rainbow and What a wonderful world. After 16 years, I finally have the opportunity to be able to play the instrument. This site helped me with the chords. Cheers!

  13. Hey, you there! have you tried +5? It’s easy ;)

  14. Transposer -2 for easy chords

  15. Surprised to not see anyone else commenting this, but try -4, it’s easy, sounds nice, and better for some vocal ranges (like mine)

  16. i tried -2 with a capo on the first fret and followed the chord patterns, only plucking the A, E, and C strings the entire song and it sounded really pretty. and at the end on the last C chord, i did one down strum

  17. Fangirl ish

    I love this song!

  18. Fangirl ish

    I love this song!! I used to sing it with my crush!! (Until I figured out he like my friend…) ANYWAYS! this song is great

  19. I think picking the intro pattern with the given chords through the whole song sounds better than using a strumming pattern, since there isn’t really one that I think fits the song nicely. I use the given chords but instead of using a strumming pattern I use the intro pattern through the whole song. The chords are the same, I just pluck C and then A and E together and it sounds pretty cool.

    • I agree with this but I only use a strumming pattern for the chorus and the bridge it just sounds better to me

  20. I found that that since I can do the plucking DUDUDUDU works as a stumming pattern

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