Norwegian Wood chords

(This Bird Has Flown) by The Beatles

  • Norwegian Wood was written by Lennon/McCartney.
  • Recorded: 12th & 21st October, 1965
  • Released: December 3rd, 1965
  • Album: Rubber Soul
  • Music: Key of E Major in 12/8 time at ~ 60 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: E, Bm7, Em, A, F#m7, B

Norwegian Wood by The Beatles

Capo on 1 if playing with the video

Norwegian Wood Intro
Intro: 12/8
          ||: E            |  E    Bm7  A  E       :||
Beat Count:   ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪    ♪♪♪  ♪♪   ♪  ♪♪♪♪♪♪

1. I once had a girl
                   Bm7      A   E
   Or should I say she once had me
   She showed me her room
                    Bm7    A    E
   Is-n't it good__ Nor-we-gian wood
   She asked me to stay
   And she told me to sit an-y-where
   So I looked a-round
                                | F#m7  -  B  |
   And I no-ticed there was-n't a chair

2. I sat on the rug bi-ding my time
   Bm7       A   E
   Drink-ing her wine
   We talked un-til two and then she said
   Bm7       A   E
  "It's time for bed"

Instr: ||:     E      |  E    Bm7   A    E   :|| 

   She told me she worked
   In the morn-ing and start-ed to laugh
   I told her I did-n't
                                 | F#m7  -  B  |
   And crawled off to sleep in the bath

3. And when I a-woke__ I was a-lone
   Bm7       A   E
   This bird had flown
   So I lit the fire
                  Bm7    A    E
   Is-n't it good Nor-we-gian wood
Outro: |     E      |    E    Bm7  A   E    |


  • The B chord can be played using a mini bar with the 3rd finger/4th fret instead in using fingers 2, 3 and 4
  • Metronome set at 60 bpm (♩)
  • There are 12 x quarter-note beats per bar and a dotted quarter-note = 3 beats The metronome will sound on every 3rd beat (red numbers)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

🗝️ E Major

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

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