Imagine chords

by John Lennon

Imagine was written by John Lennon. The song was recorded at Ascot Sound Studios (Ascot), and Record Plant East (New York) and released Oct 11, 1971 from the album of the same name.

Music: Key of C Major in 4/4 time at ~ 72 bpm (♩)
Chords: C, Cmaj7, F, G, G7, E7, Am, Dm, Dm7
John Lennon

Imagine by John Lennon

Intro: 4/4
   |  C  /  /  Cmaj7  |    F    |  C  /  /  Cmaj7  |    F    |

  C                 Cmaj7      F       C             Cmaj7     F
1. Im-agine there’s  no  hea-ven___     It's easy if  you  try-y
  C        Cmaj7       F     C            Cmaj7          F
   No hell  be - low  us___    A-bove  us   on - ly  sky-y
  F         Am          Dm   -   Dm7    G              G7
   Imag-ine all the peo-ple___          Li-ving for to-day   Ah...


  C                 Cmaj7       F         C               Cmaj7     F
2. Im-agine there's  no  count-ries___      It isn't  hard  to   do-o
  C                Cmaj7  F           C             Cmaj7      F
   Noth-ing to kill  or  die for___     And no re-li-gion  too-oo
  F         Am          Dm  -  Dm7    G                G7
   Im-agine all the peo-ple___        Li-ving life in peace Yoo-hoo...

       F        G                    | C     /     Cmaj7   E7 |
Chorus: You may sa-a-a-ay___ I'm  a  dream-er-er-er
       F         G           | C   /  Cmaj7  E7 |
        But I'm not the on-ly one
       F            G                  | C    /    Cmaj7  E7 |
        I hope some da-a-a-ay___ You'll join u-u-us
       F        G                    C                  
        And the wo-o-o-orld___  Will be as  one

  C            Cmaj7      F        C              Cmaj7    F
3. Im-agine no  pos–ses-sions___    I  won-der if  you  ca-an
  C                  Cmaj7     F    C                Cmaj7   F
   No need for greed  or  hun-ger___ A bro-ther-hood  of  ma-an
  F         Am      Dm  -  Dm7      G                G7 
   Im-agine all the peo-ple____    Shar-ing all the world Yoo-hoo...  

    
       F        G                  | C     /     Cmaj7  E7 |
Chorus: You may sa-a-a-ay___ I'm a dream-er-er-er
       F         G           | C  / Cmaj7  E7 |
        But I'm not the on-ly one___
       F            G                  | C    /    Cmaj7  E7  |
        I hope some da-a-a-ay___ You'll join u-u-us
       F        G                    C  ...
        And the wo-o-o-orld___ Will live as  one

C Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
         C                Cmaj7               F                 G                G7
  e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |-1-|---|---| 
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---| 
  G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|-3-|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|
  A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|-3-|
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3

         E7                Am             F (barre)            Dm                Dm7
  e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---| 
  B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---| 
  G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |-1-|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|
  A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x
  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       C                Cmaj7               F                 G                G7
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B
 |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-3-|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D
 |-3-|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E   |-3-|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets
   
      E7                Am             F (barre)            Dm                Dm7
 |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B
 |---|---|-1-| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D
 |---|-2-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A  x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A
 |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy (all open chords)
  • Song Key: C Major - no sharps or flats
  • This live version has a 2 bar intro whereas the recorded version has a 4 bar intro. I included the 4 bars which is simply a repeat of the first 2 bars.
  • | C / / Cmaj7 | - The simile marks ( / ) indicate the previous chord is to be repeated. In this example the C chord is played for 3 beats, while the Cmaj7 is played for 1 beat.
  • If you are unsure of any chords, you can visit the guitar chords page. Here you will find charts for all chord types and formulas for each chord.
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