Over The Rainbow chords and lyrics

by Ella Fitzgerald

  • Over The Rainbow is a ballad composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The song was written in 1938 and published in 1939 for the movie, The Wizard of Oz - sung by actress, Judy Garland.
  • Versions: Many covers of the song have been recorded since the original version, with Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole and Eva Cassidy perhaps the most notable.
  • Ella Fitzgerald released the song in 1961 from the album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Harold Arlen Song Book.
  • The version by Ella includes the entire song. Most versions start at the chorus and omit the first 2 verses. We have kept the chords on the beat as much as possible, as this type of song lends itself to a great deal of expressive freedom.
  • Original Published Key: Eb Major in 2/2 time - played freely
  • Ella Fitzgerald: Ab major
  • Easier: G Major. If you are playing with the video, you will need to place a capo on the first fret.
  • Chords in G major: G, G6, G7, Gmaj7, Gm, Gdim7, G#dim7, A7, Am, Am6, Am7, Bm, Bm7, C, C/G, C7, Cmaj7, C6, Cm6, D7, Daug, Em, Em/G, Edim7.

Over The Rainbow by Ella Fitzgerald

Capo on 1st fret if playing with video

Intro: 2/2 |  G  |  C/G  |  Em/G  |  D7  |

  G                         C
1. When all the world is a hope-less jumble,
           Gmaj7                    Am7  -  D7
   And the rain-drops tumble all a-round,
    G   G#dim7   Am7           Adim7      G  | Am7  -  D7  |
   Hea - ven      o - pens  a   mag - ic lane.

  G                            C   
2. When all the clouds dark-en up the sky-way,
             Gmaj7                      F#m7  -  B7
   There's a rain - bow high-way to be found,
    Em       C7       A7      Am7   
   Lead-ing from your win-dow pane.
   G                      Am7
   To a place be-hind the sun,
    G             Gdim7    Am7   |  D7  |
   Just a step be-yond the rai  -   ain.

         G         Bm              G
Chorus: Some-where o-ver the rain-bow
      |  C  /  Cmaj7  C7  |  Bm7  G  Bm7  G#dim7  |
        Way     up           high,
          C6    Cm6  G          G#dim7
        There's  a  land that I heard of,
         A7       Am    D7  | G  /  Am7  D7  |   
        Once in a lul - la - bye.
         G         Bm              G
        Some-where o-ver the rain-bow,
      |   C   /   Cmaj7  C7  |  Bm7  G  Bm7  G#dim7  |
        Skies      are          blue,
        C6  Cm6   G            G#dim7    A7
        And the dreams that you dare to dream,
                Am  D7   G
        Real-ly do come true.

              G
Bridge: Some-day day I'll wish upon a star,
            Am7                          D7      G6 | D  C  G  D7|
        And wake up where the clouds are far be-hind me.    (Where)
                G
        Where troub-les melt like le-mon drops,
           Edim7
        A - way a-bove the chim-ney tops,
              | Am6  /  Gm   Edim7  |   Am7  Daug
        That's where   you'll          find   me.

               G   Bm             G7
Chorus: Some-where o-ver the rain-bow, 
      |  C  /  Cmaj7  C7  |  Bm7  G  Bm7  G#dim7  |
        Blue    birds         fly,
         C6   Cm6  G         G#dim7
        Birds fly  o-ver the rain-bow,
        A7           Am   D7  | G    D7  |
        Why then, oh why can't  I?


Instr: Repeat Chorus 

              G
Bridge: Some-day day I'll wish upon a star,
            Am7                          D7      G6 | D  C  G  D7 |
        And wake up where the clouds are far be-hind  me.    (Where)
         D7     G
        Where troub-les melt like le-mon drops,
           Edim7
        A - way a-bove the chim-ney tops,
              | Am6  /  Gm   Edim7  |   Am7  Daug
        That's where   you'll          find  me.

               G   Bm             G7
Chorus: Some-where o-ver the rain-bow, 
       |  C  /  Cmaj7  C7  |  Bm7  G  Bm7  G#dim7  |
        Blue    birds         fly,
         C6   Cm6  G         G#dim7
        Birds fly  o-ver the rain-bow,
        A7           Am   D7   G
        Why, then oh why can't I?

            G
Bridge: If hap-py lit-tle blue-birds fly
           Am7
        Be-yond the rain-bow
               D7        G6
        Why oh why can't I...
 

G Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald

Born: Ella Janet Fitzgerald on 25th April, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia, U.S.

Died: 15th June, 1996 in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. (aged 79)

Profession: Musician, actress

Music Styles: Swing, bebop, traditional, pop, vocal jazz, blues

Active Years: 1934-1993

Ella Fitzgerald

ellafitzgerald.com

Over The Rainbow Sheet Music - download at SheetMusicPlus.Com - Piano/Vocal/Chords Singer Pro - Eb Major - 4 pages - Playback , Transposable.

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