What A Wonderful World chords & lyrics

... by Louis Armstrong

What A Wonderful World chords & song details ... Lyrics
Key Signature: F Major Time Signature: 4/4 time Tempo: 72 bpm (♩)
Chords: F, Am, B♭, Gm7, A7, Dm, C11, F#dim, Am7-5, C7-9, B♭6, F+, D♭, C7, C/E, C/G, Dm/F, B♭maj7
Written Chords ... (B) - barre chord ... see chord charts below
F : xx3211 Am:x02210 Am7-5: x01213
A7: x02020 Gm7: xx3333 Dm: x00231
D♭: xx3121 F+: xx3221 Dm/F: x03231
B♭: xx3331 B♭: 113331 (B) F#dim: xx1212
B♭6: x13033 B♭6: 113333 (B) B♭maj7: 113231 (B)
C7: x32310 C/E: xx2010 C/G: 332010
C7-9: x33320 C11: x33333 F : 133211 (B)
red notes are optional. If you don't play the optional note, don't play the string

Song Chart

Please see below for song tips.

What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Intro: 4/4    
    |  F  -  Bb  |  F   -   Bb  |  
           F   -   Am     Bb     -     Am
1. I see trees of green___  Red ro-ses too
Gm7      -      F     A7     -     Dm
   I see them bloom___  For me and you
          Db              C11   -   C7          | F  -  F+  | Bbmaj7  -  C7  |
   And I think to my-self___ What a won-der-ful world

           F   -   Am     Bb       -       Am
2. I see skies of blue___   And clouds of white
Gm7          -          F     A7        -         Dm
   The bright bles-sed day___   The dark sa-cred night
          Db              C11   -   C7          | F  -  Bb  | Bb  -  F  |
   And I think to my-self___ What a won-der-ful world
            C7                            F
Bridge: The co-lors of the rain-bow___So pret-ty in the sky 
            C7                         F
        Are al-so on the fa-ces___ Of peo-ple go-in' by 
                Dm      -       C/E             Dm/F   -    C/G
        I see friends sha-king hands___ Sayin', "How do you do?" 
     Dm7       -       F#dim      Gm7   F#dim   C7   
        They're real-ly say-ing___ I    love    you

          F   -   Am     Bb      -       Am
3. I hear ba-bies cry___   I watch them grow
Gm7         -          F           A7    -     Dm
   They'll learn much more___ Than I'll e-ver know
          Db              C11   -   C7          | F  -  Am7-5  |  D7  |
   And I think to my-self___ What a won-der-ful world            (Hold)
          Gm7              C7-9                      | F  - Bb6  | F  |
   Yes I think to my-self___   What a won-der-ful world...          Oh Yeah...
Chords Chart
What a Wonderful World Chart Legend
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Song Tips

  • Level Of Difficulty: Fairly Hard. This song includes a vast array of chords, some simple and some may be foreign to many of you. However, once you learn these chords, you will find they are not so hard, and in some cases fairly easy. You will love the sound of many of these chords. The arrangement is beautiful, and it is no wonder that many guitarists turn to jazz after playing songs like this.
  • Song Key: F Major - 1 flat ( B♭)
  • Please note that this song is played slowly with the guitar picking in triplet time. A triplet means three evenly spaced notes played in 1 beat. The time signature is 4:4 time therefore the count in each bar is |1 2 3 4| or |1& 2& 3& 4& | where 1 beat in this case is 1&, etc. Because the guitar is playing in triplet time, the count per bar is, |1-&-& , 2-&-& , 3-&-& , 4-&-& |. Have a listen, and take note of the guitar finger-picking.
  • Chord charts have been included for players wanting to play open chords in the first position with the exception of B♭maj7. All chord positions are located on the first 3 frets so you don't have to go very far when moving from one chord to the next.
  • Remember that these chords can be played in several positions, so if you like being a 'kamikaze' player, you can play these chords wherever you like.
  • If you have trouble with any other chords, go to 'guitar chords' and choose whichever chord type you need to learn or revise.
  • This is a great song for jazz guitarists with some nice open chords which jazzists will really appreciate. You can play barre chords, but the open chords sound very nice, especially if you are finger-picking.
  • Wherever you see 2 chords with a hyphen between them, it means the beat count is shared equally, so in this case where the time signature is 4/4, the first chord is played for 2 beats and the second chord is played for 2 beats, e.g., | F - B♭ |, means 2 beats on F and 2 beats on B♭.
  • Where you see chords like C/E, C/G, or Dm/F, the chord is played with the leading bass note after the back-slash, i.e., Dm/F means you play a Dm chord leading with a bass note of F, C/G means you play a C chord with a leading bass note of G, etc.
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World Lyrics

I see trees of green
Red roses too
I see them bloom
For me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue
And clouds of white
The bright blessed day
The dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people goin' by
I see friends shaking hands
Sayin', "How do you do"
They're really saying
I love you

I hear babies cry
I watch them grow
They'll learn much more
Than I'll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.
Yes I think to myself
What a wonderful world... Oh Yeah...

Song and Artist

Louis Armstrong

What A Wonderful World was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. The single was released by Louis Armstrong in 1968, and although it had mediocre success in the United States, it reached Number 1 in the UK singles chart.

The song was re-released as a single in February 1988 after it was featured in the film, 'Good Morning Vietnam'. It reached No 32 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and in June of that same year charted at No 1 on the Australian charts for 2 weeks.

Louis Armstrong is one of the world's great jazz legends, both as a singer and musician (trumpet). The song is a great classic with a beautiful selection of chords and lyrics... music at its best.

Born: Louis Armstrong on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: July 6, 1971 in Corona, Queens, New York City, U.S.
Occupation: Jazz trumpeter, coronet player and singer
Nickname: Satchmo or Pops

The biography of Louis Armstrong ... jazz enthusiasts will love this.