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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Guitar Chords

Want to learn how to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow on guitar? You’re in luck – it’s loads of fun to play and very easy!

So if you are hoping to cheer someone up with a rendition of it or just enjoy playing what is a lovely song then keep reading.

somewhere over the rainbow guitar chords

It works surprisingly well on both acoustic and electric guitar. So let’s not mess about and get into it.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Chords

To play it you will need a capo on the 5th fret.

The chords are as follows:

  • G
  • D
  • Em
  • C
  • Em7
  • B7

G Chord

G chord diagram

D Chord

D chord diagram

Em Chord

Em chord diagram

C Chord

C chord diagram

Em7 Chord

Em7 chord diagram

B7 Chord

b7 chord diagram

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Chords and Lyrics

Intro

[G] Ooo, [D] ooo, [C] ooo, [G] ooo

[C] Ooo, [B7] ooo, [Em] ooo, [C] ooo

Chorus

[G] Somewhere [D] over the rainbow,
[C] Way up [G] high
[C] There’s [G] a land that I heard of,
[D] Once in a [Em] lullaby [C]
Oh, [G] somewhere over [D] the rainbow
[C] Skies are [G] blue
[C] And the [G] dreams that you dare to dream
[D] Really do come [Em] true [C]

Verse

[G] Someday I’ll wish upon a star
[D] Wake up where the clouds are far [Em] behind [C] me
Where [G] trouble melts like lemon drops
[D] High above the chimney tops
That’s [Em] where you’ll [C] find me

Chorus

Oh, [G] somewhere [D] over the rainbow
[C] Blue birds [G] fly
[C] Birds fly [G] over the rainbow
[D] Why then, oh why [Em] can’t I [C]

Verse

[G] Someday I’ll wish upon a star
[D] Wake up where the clouds are far [Em] behind [C] me
Where [G] trouble melts like lemon drops
[D] High above the chimney tops
That’s [Em] where you’ll [C] find me

Chorus

Ohh, [G] somewhere [D] over the rainbow
[C] Way up [G] high
[C] And the [G] dream that you dare to
[D] Why oh why can’t [Em] I [C]

Outro

[G] Oooo, [D] oooo, [C] oooo, [G] oooo
[C] Oooo, [B7] oooo, [Em] oooo, [C] oooh [G]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Strumming Pattern

The strumming pattern is also very simple:

Strumming Pattern: D-D-U-D-U (repeated throughout)

So down, down, up, down, up.

D – Down Strum
U – Up Strum

This video gives a better example of it:

And that’s really all there is to it. You should now feel comfortable playing along with this very sweet and beautiful song.

somewhere over the rainbow chords chart

About Andy Fraser

I'm Andy and I've been crazy about music, and specifically the guitar, for longer than I can remember. It's this passion and enthusiasm about all things guitar that drove me to start this website. A place where I could talk about the gear, techniques and general awesomeness that is the best instrument. I began playing somewhat late compared to a lot of people. I was 15 years old as it had taken me a while to find the confidence to believe in myself and take that step to learn to play an instrument. It started my lifelong love of music and playing in general. Since then like so many before me I've become an addict and gone through more guitars, amps and gear than I care to remember. Guitar Inside Out is my way of sharing hat love and passion with the music community and hopefully inspiring and helping others to enjoy it as much as I do.

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