Here are the guitar chords to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as performed by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

It is in key of G, and will require a capo on the 5th fret. I’ve placed the chords over the lyrics so you can get the phrasing down.

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

And here are the guitar chord charts:

G chord

G Chord

D chord

D Chord

Em chord

Em Chord

C chord

C Chord

Em7 chord

Em7 Chord

B7 chord

B7 Chord

And if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to remember these and 25+ other essential chords, check out our free guitar chord flashcards.
The strum pattern to Somewhere Over the Rainbow can be a down, down, up, down, up, but feel free to change it up to suit the melody. This is a great song to have under your belt as a player, enjoy!

 

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Intro

G       D      C      G
Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo…
C       B7    Em   C
Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo…

Chorus

G                    D                              C           G
Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high

C               G                                   D              Em      C
There’s a land that I heard of, Once in a lullaby

G                   D                              C              G
somewhere over the rainbow. Skies are blue

C             G                                          D                    Em           C
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

 

Verse

G
Someday I’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
High above the chimney tops
Em                 C
That’s where you’ll find me

Chorus

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

Verse

G
Someday I’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
High above the chimney tops
Em                                C
   That’s where you’ll find me

Chorus

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

Outro

G         D        C         G
Oooo, oooo, oooo, oooo…
C         B7      Em      C        G
Oooo, oooo, oooo, oooo…

 

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