Over The Rainbow chords

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.
  • Music: Ab Major in 4/4 time - played freely
  • Easier in G Major with chords: 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... all charts below.

Over The Rainbow by Ella Fitzgerald

Capo on 1st fret if playing with the video

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
             G     C/G     Em/G     D7
Intro: 4/4 ‖     |       |        |      ‖

  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 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 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
        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: 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

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

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

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