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Unchained Melody

The Righteous Brothers

released in 1965

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Lyrics

Intro

C

Verse

C Am F Oh... my love... my darling G C I've hungered for your touch Am G G7 A long... lonely time C Am F And time... goes by... so slowly G C And time... can do.... so much Am G G7 Are you.... still mine?

Chorus

C G Am Em I need your love...... I need your love...... F G C C7 Godspeed your love... to-------- me

Bridge

F G F Eb Lonely rivers flow... to the sea, to the sea F G C C7 To the open arms of the sea-----, yeah F G F Eb Lonely rivers sigh... "Wait for me, wait for me" F G C I'll be coming home... wait for me------ C Am F Oh... my love... my darling G I've hungered, hungered C For your---- touch.... Am G G7 A long... lonely time C Am F And time... goes by... so slowly G C And time... can do.... so much Am G G7 Are you.... still mine? C G Am Em I need your love...... I need your love...... F G C Am F C Godspeed your love... to-------- me (let final chord ring)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here's how to play the guitar chords used throughout this song. This is standard key-of-C stuff -- with the exception of the Eb-major chord in the bridge. First, the standard way to play the chords in the verse and chorus (with two versions of the G7-chord; take your pick):

e-|----0---0---1---3---0----0----3----1----
B-|----1---1---1---0---0----1----0----0----
G-|----0---2---2---0---0----3----0----0----
D-|----2---2---3---0---2----2----3----0----
A-|----3---0---3---2---2----3----2----2----
E-|------------1---3---0---------3----3----
       C   Am  F   G   Em   C7   G7   G7 

For the bridge section, I recommend (if you're able) to use barre chord variations of the F, G, and Eb-major chords. This helps you to (1) change up the "sound" of the song, as the chords higher on the fretboard use higher tones than the typical open chords, and (2) make the transition to the Eb-major chord (which pretty much has to be a barre chord) easier to pull off.

e-|------------------8----8----
B-|---10---12---8----8----8----
G-|---10---12---8----9----9----
D-|---10---12---8---10----8----
A-|----8---10---6---10---10----
E-|------------------8----8----
       F    G   Eb   C    C7 

Guitar Fingerpicking Pattern

Here's a general fingerpicking pattern I recommend using, especially if you're looking for a good prescribed pattern to follow to help learn. You can stray from this as you see fit, but the basic idea is to pluck one string at a time -- starting at the thickest string and working toward the thinnest -- and then go back down again toward the bass note (thickest string). For example:

e-|------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-|--------1-----------1-----------1-----------1---------------------------
G-|------0---0-------0---0-------2---2-------2---2---------2-----------2---
D-|----2-------2---2-------2---2-------2---2-------2-----3---3-------3-----  etc
A-|--3-----------3-----------0-----------0-------------3-------3---3-------
E-|--------------------------------------------------1-----------1---------
     C                       Am                      F 
    "Oh...             my--- love...              my darling..."

And so on, and so forth... for all chords in the song. As I stated above, you can stray freely from this pattern if you wish. I will note that in the final verse of the song, when the crescendo and build-up has reached its peak, I double up the notes as follows. This helps accompany the buildup you hear in the recorded album version. I use my middle and index finger to pluck each duo of notes aside from the bass note.

e-|-----------0-----------------0-----------------0-----------------0--
B-|--------1--1--1-----------1--1--1-----------1--1--1-----------1--1--
G-|-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0-----2--2-----2--2-----2--2-----
D-|-----2-----------2-----2-----------2-----2-----------2-----2--------  etc
A-|--3-----------------3-----------------0-----------------0-----------
E-|--------------------------------------------------------------------
     C                                   Am 
    "Oh...                         my--- love..."

Ukulele Chords Used

Looking to play the song on a ukulele? Here are the chord positions you'll need.

A-|----3---3---3---2---2----1----2---1----
E-|----0---0---1---3---3----0----1---3----
C-|----0---0---0---2---4----0----2---3----
G-|----0---2---2---0---0----0----0---3----
       C   Am  F   G   Em   C7   G7  Eb 

Videos

Official Righteous Brothers Album Version

To hear the original Righteous Brothers version of the song, check out this video. Great for reference if you don't have the recording handy otherwise.

View on YouTube (embedding here not possible due to video settings)

Ghost Scene & Montage

Because hey, this is how I first learned of the song. Back when I was 10 years old. I grew up to learn, in fact, it existed before this movie was ever made. Who knew! (I kid).

View on YouTube (embedding here not possible due to video settings)

Original 1955 Version

For completion's sake, here's the original version of the song from 1955, performed by Todd Duncan from the movie "Unchained." The music was composed by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.



Recommended Guitar Tutorial

Super great tutorial for playing this song on guitar, from the wonderful Justin Sandercoe. He breaks it all down, check it out for reference.



Recommended Ukulele Tutorial

Looking to learn how to play it on the ukulele? Check out this video lesson.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| C . . . . . | C . . . . . |

Verse

"Oh, my love..."
| C . . . . . | . . . . . . | Am . . . . . | . . . . . . |
| F . . . . . | . . . . . . | G  . . . . . | . . . . . . |
| C . . . . . | . . . . . . | Am . . . . . | . . . . . . |
| G . . . . . | . . . . . . | G7 . . . . . | . . . . . . |

Chorus

"I need your love..."
| C  . . . . . | . . . . . . | G  . . . . . | . . . . . . |
| Am . . . . . | . . . . . . | Em . . . . . | . . . . . . |
| F  . . . . . | . . . . . . | G  . . . . . | . . . . . . |
| C  . . . . . | . . . . . . | C7 . . . . . | . . . . . . |

Bridge

"Like the river flows..."
| F . . . . . | G . . . . . | F . . . . . | Eb . . . . . |
| F . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . | C7 . . . . . |
| F . . . . . | G . . . . . | F . . . . . | Eb . . . . . |
| F . . . . . | G . . . . . | C . . . . . |  . . . . . . |

Song Info

Song: Unchained Melody
Artist: The Righteous Brothers
Album: --
Year: 1965
Label: Moonglow

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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