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Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

from the album Facing Forward released in 1993

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Lyrics

(guitar, capo 5th fret)

Intro

G ... D ... Em ... C ... G ... D ... Em ... Em7 ... C ... C ... G D C G Ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... C B7 Em C Ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh...

Verse

G D C G Somewhere over the rainbow.... way up high C G And the dreams that you dream of D Em C Once in a lullaby------------ G D C G Oh, somewhere over the rainbow.... bluebirds fly C G And the dreams that you dream of D Em C Dreams really do come true-------------

Bridge

G Someday you'll wish upon a star D Em C Wake up where the clouds are far behind... me------- G Where trouble melts like lemon drops D Em C High above the chimney tops that's where... you'll find me

Verse

G D C G Oh, somewhere over the rainbow.... bluebirds fly C G And the dream that you dare to D Em C Oh why, oh why... can't I-------------

Refrain, pt.1

G D C G Well, I see trees of green and... red roses too C G B7 Em I'll watch them bloom for... me and you C D Em C And I think to myself... what a wonderful world----- G D C G Well, I see skies of blue and I see... clouds of white C G B7 Em And the brightness of day....... I like the dark C D G C G And I think to myself... what a wonderful world

Refrain, pt.2

D G The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky D G Are also on the faces of people passing by C G C G I see friends shaking hands, saying... "How do you do?" C G Am D ...They're really saying, "I... I love you" G D C G I hear babies cry and I... watch them grow C G B7 Em They'll learn much more... than we'll know C D Em C And I think to myself... what a wonderful world--------

Bridge

G Someday you'll wish upon a star D Em C Wake up where the clouds are far behind... me------- G Where trouble melts like lemon drops D Em C High above the chimney tops that's where... you'll find me

Verse

G D C G Oh, somewhere over the rainbow.... way up high C G And the dream that you dare to D Em C Oh why, oh why... can't I-------------

Outro

G D C G Ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... C B7 Em C Ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... ohhh, ohhh... (repeat outro if desired, fade to end)

Notes & Tabs

On Guitar, Capo 5th Fret

To play this song on guitar (and be in the same key as the Iz version, so that you can play along) you'll need a capo on the 5th fret while using the chords above. If you don't have a capo, you can still use the chords above and play the song -- though you couldn't properly play along with the album version since you'd be in a different key.

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how you play the guitar chords used in this song. It is worth noting that this song is originally performed on a ukulele, which only has four strings. As appropriate, I'm taking the same chords used on the ukulele and showing how to play them on the guitar.

e-|---3---0---2---0----0----0----2---
B-|---0---1---3---0----3----1----0---
G-|---0---0---2---0----0----2----2---
D-|---0---2---0---2----2----2----1---
A-|---2---3-------2----2----0----2---
E-|---3-----------0----0-------------
      G   C   D   Em  Em7   Am   B7 

If you want to get a bit more in depth with the guitar chords, I should note a few optional variations you can include as you see fit. In the verses, most of the D-chords would more properly be a Bm7 or the D/F# variation. Note that in the refrain sections, the D-chords return to the typical "normal" D-chord I show above. Above all, it is up to you to play what you desire and see fit -- I just wanted to make this note for the sake of being complete.

e-|-----2------2-----
B-|-----3------3-----
G-|-----2------2-----
D-|-----4------4-----
A-|------------2-----
E-|------------------
       D/F#   Bm7 

Videos

Official Album Version

To hear the original version of this song, check out this video. Great for reference while playing along.



Chord Progressions

Intro

Instrumental section
| G . . . | D . . . | Em . . . | C   . . . |
| G . . . | D . . . | Em . . . | Em7 . . . |
| C . . . | C . . . |
"Ohhh, ohhh...."
| G  . . . | G  . . . | D  . . . | D  . . . |
| C  . . . | C  . . . | G  . . . | G  . . . |
| C  . . . | C  . . . | B7 . . . | B7 . . . |
| Em . . . | Em . . . | C  . . . | C  . . . |

Verse

"Somewhere over the rainbow..."
| G . . . | G . . . | D  . . . | D  . . . |
| C . . . | C . . . | G  . . . | G  . . . |
| C . . . | C . . . | G  . . . | G  . . . |
| D . . . | D . . . | Em . . . | Em . . . |
| C . . . | C . . . |

Bridge

"Someday you'll wish upon a star..."
| G  . . . | G  . . . | D . . . | D . . . |
| Em . . . | Em . . . | C . . . | C . . . |
                             (played twice)

Refrain, pt.1

"I see trees of green and red roses too..."
| G  . . . | D  . . . | C  . . . | G  . . . |
| C  . . . | G  . . . | B7 . . . | Em . . . |
| C  . . . | C  . . . | D  . . . | D  . . . |
| Em . . . | Em . . . | C  . . . | C  . . . |

Refrain, pt.2

"The colors of the rainbow, so pretty..."
| D . . . | D . . . | G  . . . | G  . . . |
| D . . . | D . . . | G  . . . | G  . . . |
| C . . . | G . . . | C  . . . | G  . . . |
| C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | Am . . . |
| D . . . | D . . . |

Song Info

Song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World
Artist: Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Album: Facing Forward
Year: 1993
Label: Mountain Apple

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