Oh Darling chords & lyrics

by The Beatles

Oh Darling was written by Paul McCartney and credited to McCartney / Lennon. It was recorded from April 20 - Aug 11, 1969 and the single was released Sept 26, 1969 from the album, Abbey Road.

Music: Key of A Major in 12/8 time - slowly
Chords: A, A7, Bb7, B7, Bm7, D, E, E+, F, F(b5), F#m,
The Beatles Cover - Ren Tiozzo

Oh Darling by The Beatles

      ↓
12/8  E+

        A                      E
1. Oh! Dar-ling___ please be-lieve me
   F#m                    D
   I'll nev-er do you no harm
       Bm7                  E
   Be-lieve me when I tell you
   Bm7         E        | A  -  D  | A  -  E |    
   I'll nev-er do you no harm

        A                   E
2. Oh! Dar-ling___ if you leave me
   F#m                    D
   I'll nev-er make it a-lone
       Bm7                 E
   Be-lieve me when I beg you
    Bm7          E       | A  -  D  | A  -  A7 |  
   Don't ev-er leave me a-lone

                  D                     F
Chorus: When you told me___ You didn't need me any-more
                  A                             A7
        Well you know I near-ly broke down and cried
                  B7
        When you told me___ You didn't need me any-more
                  E             F(b5)         | E  - E+  |
        Well you know I near-ly broke down and died...

        A                   E
3. Oh! Dar-ling___ if you leave me
   F#m                    D
   I'll nev-er make it a-lone
       Bm7                  E
   Be-lieve me when I tell you
   Bm7         E        | A  -  D  | A  -  A7 |  
   I'll nev-er do you no harm___      (Believe me darling)

                  D                     F
Chorus: When you told me___ You didn't need me any-more
                  A                             A7
        Well you know I near-ly broke down and cried
                  B7
        When you told me___ You didn't need me any-more
                  E             F(b5)         | E  - E+  |
        Well you know I near-ly broke down and died...

        A                      E
4. Oh! Dar-ling___ please be-lieve me
   F#m                 D
   I'll never let you down__ (Oh, believe me darling)
       Bm7                  E
   Be-lieve me when I tell you__ Ooh         (hold)
Bm7            E        | A  -  D  | A  Bb7  A7 |  
   I'll nev-er do you no harm
    

A 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
alt: alternative chord voicing

Right-Handed Guitarist
          A                A7               D                F            F(barre)             E                
   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|-4-|   e|---|-2-|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|
   B|---|-3-|---|   B|---|-3-|---|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|---|
   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|-1-|-2-|---|   G|-1-|---|---|
   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|-3-|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|---|-3-|---|
   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|---|-2-|---|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3 

         B7               Bb7              Bm7              F(b5)            F#m               E+  
   e|---|-4-|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|-4-| 
   B|---|---|---|   B|-1-|---|-4-|   B|-1-|-2-|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|---| 
   G|---|-3-|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|---| 
   D|-1-|---|---|   D|-1-|---|-2-|   D|-1-|---|-3-|   D|---|---|-3-|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|---|-2-|---|---| 
   A|---|-2-|---|   A|-1-|---|---|   A|-1-|---|---|   A|---|---|---|x  A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|---|---|---|---|x
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---|---|x 
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        2   3   4        1   2   3        2   3   4        1   2   3   4 

Left-Handed Guitarist 
       A               A7                D                F             F(barre)            E
 |---|---|---|e   |-4-|---|---|e   |---|-2-|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e
 |---|-3-|---|B   |---|-3-|---|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B
 |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-1-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G
 |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |-3-|---|---|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |---|-3-|---|D
 |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |---|-2-|---|A
x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1  Frets

      B7               Bb7              Bm7              F(b5)            F#m               E+        
 |---|-4-|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |-4-|---|---|---|e
 |---|---|---|B   |-4-|---|-1-|B   |---|-2-|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|---|-1-|B
 |---|-3-|---|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|---|-1-|G
 |---|---|-1-|D   |-2-|---|-1-|D   |-3-|---|-1-|D   |-3-|---|---|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |---|---|-2-|---|D
 |---|-2-|---|A   |---|---|-1-|A   |---|---|-1-|A  x|---|---|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A  x|---|---|---|---|A
x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        4   3   2        3   2   1        4   3   2        4   3   2   1  Frets
Notes
  • There are a few unusual chords here but they are very easy to play. Make sure you can play all the chords before playing with the video... makes for a more productive practice session.
  • Beginners: It does help if you can play barre chords but don't worry as all the chords can be played as open chords. The Bb7, Bm7, can be played by omitting the bar and just play the top 4 strings omitting strings 5 & 6 although Bb7 will require a mini-barre over strings 1,2, and 3. The F#m will require a mini-barre on the top 3 strings as well.
      Bb7  Bm7   F#m
    e|-1----2----1--|
    B|-3----3----1--|
    G|-1----4----1--|
    D|-3----4----4--|
    A|-----------4--|
    E|--------------|
    If you can play these chords as open chords with the use of the mini-barre, you are more than ready to introduce a full barre.
  • The A7 chord is played differently here as it has a more 'bluesy' sound which suits the song - x02223 instead of the usual x02020
      usual   bluesy 
       A7       A7
    e|-3--------3-|
    B|-2--------2-|
    G|-0--------2-|
    D|-2--------2-|
    A|-0--------0-|
    E|------------|
  • E+ is an augmented chord sometimes referred to as Eaug. In a Diatonic Scale...
    Formula: 1 - 3 - #5
    Substitution: E - G# - B# ( B# = C )
    Notes: E - G - C
  • F(b5) is an F chord with a flattened 5th instead of a perfect 5th.
    Formula: 1 - 3 - b5
    Substitution: F-A-Cb ( Cb = B )
    Notes: F-A-B
  • The last 3 chords of the song sound good as barre chords using a standard E, E7 shape. The bar | A Bb7 A7 | would be played as
       A   Bb7   A7
    e|-5----6----5--|
    B|-5----6----5--|
    G|-6----7----6--|
    D|-7----6----5--|
    A|-7----8----7--|
    E|-5----6----5--|
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