“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Album cover for Facing Future

Iz’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” medley cover was released on his 1993 album: Facing Future (the 14th Track).

It has since been used in several movies, commercials, and television shows and is now probably the most widely recognizable song of Ukulele and Hawaiian music. It’s in C Major and the chords are pretty simple, but the strum pattern might be a little difficult to reproduce.

Chords Used: (GCEA Tuning):

C“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’oleEm“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Am“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’oleF“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
G“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’oleAm7“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
E7“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’oleDm7“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
G7“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Intro:
[C][Em][Am][F][C][G][Am][Am7][F]

While humming:
[C] [G] [Am] [C] [F] [E7] [Am] [F]

[C]Somewhere [G]over the rainbow [Am]way up [C]high
[F]And the [C]dreams that you dream of [G]once in a lullaby [Am] [F]

[C]Somewhere [G]over the rainbow [Am]blue birds [C]fly
[F]And the [C]dreams that you dream of [G]dreams really do come [Am]true [F]

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

[C]Somewhere [G]over the rainbow [Am]blue birds [C]fly
[F]And the [C]dreams that you dare to [G]why oh why can’t [Am][F]

Well I see [C]trees of [G]green and [F]red roses [C]too
[F]I watch them [C]bloom for [E7]me and [Am]you
and I [F]think to myself [G]what a wonderful [Am]world [F]

Well I see [C]skies of [G]blue and I see [F]clouds of [C]white
and the [F]brightness of [C]day [E7]I like the [Am]dark
and I [F]think to myself [G]what a wonderful [C]world [F] [C]

The [G]colors the rainbow so [C]pretty in the sky
are [G]also on the faces of [C]people passing by
I see [F]friends shaking [C]hands singing [F]“how do you [C]do?”
[F]They’re really [C]saying “[Dm7]I love [G7]you”

I hear [C]babies [G]cry and I [F]watch them [C]grow
[F]They’ll learn much [C]more than [E7]we’ll [Am]know
and I [F]think to myself [G]what a wonderful [Am]world [F]

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

[C]Somewhere [G]over the rainbow [Am]way up [C]high
[F]And the [C]dreams that you dare to [G]why oh why can’t [Am][F]

While humming:
[C] [G] [Am] [C] [F] [E7] [Am] [F]

2 Replies to ““Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Ukulele Chords – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole”

    1. Glad we could help her out 🙂

      We are planning on putting more chords/tabs up and will definitely try to get some more IZ songs.

      Thanks for the comment, happy strumming!

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