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
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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...
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🗝 G Major
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes / player preference only
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open X: Don't play string B: Bass Note
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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