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
  • Capo: 1st fret if playing with the video (F Major)
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
E Major Em A Major B Major Bm7 F#m7
E Major Em A Major B Major Bm7 F#m7

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood Intro

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
               E               E    Bm7  A  E
Intro: 12/8 ‖: ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪ |  ♪♪♪  ♪♪   ♪  ♪♪♪♪♪♪ :‖
                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"

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

   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

             E           E    Bm7  A   E                                     
Outro: |            |                  𝄑  | 


  • 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)
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