Amazing Grace chords

Folk Hymn
  • Music: Traditional
  • Published: 1779
  • Lyrics: John Newton (1725–1807)... lyrics below
  • Music: C Major in 3/4 time at ~ 80 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: C, C7, F, F/C, G, G7, Em/G
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
C Major C7 F Major F/C G Major G7 F Major Em/G
C Major C7 F Major F/C G Major G7 F Major Em/G

Amazing Grace

We have only included 4 verses. The original lyrics to all 6 verses can be found in the lyrics below.

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
               C       Em/G       F/C       C
Intro: 3/4 |       |          |         |       |  

     C       C7           F         C
1. A-maz-ing grace    How sweet the sound
        C                   G  |  G7  |
   That sav'd a wretch like me
     C        C7        F      C
   I once was lost, but now am found
       C          G     C
   Was blind, but now I see
        C          C7        F        C
2.'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
       C                 G          G7
   And grace my fears re-liev'd |       |
       C         C7       F        C
   How pre-cious did that grace ap-pear
       C      G        C
   The hour I first be-liev'd

         C     C7        F          C
3. Thro' ma-ny dan-gers, toils, and snares
     C              G        G7
   I have al-rea-dy come |       |
       C          C7         F         C
  'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
       C          G       C
   And grace will lead me home

        C          C7        F         C
4. When we've been there ten thous-and years
          C               G       G7  
   Bright shi-ning as the sun |       |
         C       C7      F          C
   We've no less days to sing God's praise
        C       G        C
   Then when we first be-gun

Traditional Lyrics by John Newton

Amazing Ireland

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Song Facts

  • The song was written by John Newton, an English Anglican clergyman and poet.
  • The words were written in 1772 and the song was first published in 1779.
  • The song is about Newton's conversion from a life of sin and his newfound faith in God.
  • The song has been translated into over 200 languages and has been covered by thousands of artists.
  • It is considered one of the most popular and recognizable hymns in the English-speaking world.
  • The song has been used in many movies and television shows, including "The Shawshank Redemption", "The Blind Side", and "The Help".
  • It has also been used in many political campaigns and protests.
  • The song is a powerful reminder of God's love and forgiveness, and it has inspired and comforted people all over the world.
  • The song has been associated with many different melodies, but the most common melody is the one that was first published in 1835 by William Walker.
  • The song has been used in many different contexts, including religious services, funerals, and political rallies.
  • The song has been praised for its simple yet powerful lyrics and its universal message of hope and redemption.
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