What A Wonderful World chords & lyrics

by Louis Armstrong

  • What A Wonderful World was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. It was recorded in 1967 and released in October 1967 with a re-release by Louis Armstrong in Feb, 1998 from the album of the same name.
  • Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at 72 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: F, Am, B♭, Gm7, A7, Dm, C11, F#dim, Am7-5, C7-9, B♭6, F+, D♭, C7, C/E, C/G, Dm/F, B♭maj7... all charts below

What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Intro: 4/4    
    |  F  -  Bb  |  F   -   Bb  |  
           F   -   Am     Bb     -     Am
1. I see trees of green___  Red ro-ses too
Gm7      -      F     A7     -     Dm
   I see them bloom___  For me and you
          Db              C11   -   C7          | F  -  F+  | Bbmaj7  -  C7  |
   And I think to my-self___ What a won-der-ful world

           F   -   Am     Bb       -       Am
2. I see skies of blue___   And clouds of white
Gm7          -          F     A7        -         Dm
   The bright bles-sed day___   The dark sa-cred night
          Db              C11   -   C7          | F  -  Bb  | Bb  -  F  |
   And I think to my-self___ What a won-der-ful world
            C7                            F
Bridge: The co-lors of the rain-bow___So pret-ty in the sky 
            C7                         F
        Are al-so on the fa-ces___ Of peo-ple go-in' by 
                Dm      -       C/E             Dm/F   -    C/G
        I see friends sha-king hands___ Sayin', "How do you do?" 
     Dm7       -       F#dim      Gm7   F#dim   C7   
        They're real-ly say-ing___ I    love    you

          F   -   Am     Bb      -       Am
3. I hear ba-bies cry___   I watch them grow
Gm7         -          F           A7    -     Dm
   They'll learn much more___ Than I'll e-ver know
          Db              C11   -   C7          | F  -  Am7-5  |  D7  |
   And I think to my-self___ What a won-der-ful world               𝄐
          Gm7              C7-9                      | F  - Bb6  |  F  |
   Yes I think to my-self___   What a won-der-ful world...           Oh Yeah...

🗝️ F Major

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

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:


  • Level Of Difficulty: Fairly Hard. This song includes a vast array of chords, some simple and some may be foreign to many of you. However, once you learn these chords, you will find they are not so hard, and in some cases fairly easy. You will love the sound of many of these chords. The arrangement is beautiful, and it is no wonder that many guitarists turn to jazz after playing songs like this.
  • Song Key: F Major - 1 flat (B♭)
  • Please note that this song is played slowly with the guitar picking in triplet time. A triplet means three evenly spaced notes played in 1 beat. The time signature is 4:4 time therefore the count in each bar is |1 2 3 4| or |1& 2& 3& 4& | where 1 beat in this case is 1&, etc. Because the guitar is playing in triplet time, the count per bar is |1-&-& , 2-&-&, 3-&-&, 4-&-& |. Have a listen, and take note of the guitar finger-picking.
  • Chord charts have been included for players wanting to play open chords in the first position with the exception of B♭maj7, C11, C7-9 and Gm7. All chord positions are located on the first 3 frets so you don't have to go very far when moving from one chord to the next.
  • Remember that these chords can be played in several positions, so if you like being a 'kamikaze' player, you can play these chords wherever you like.
  • If you have trouble with any other chords, go to 'guitar chords' and choose whichever chord type you need to learn or revise.
  • This is a great song for jazz guitarists with some nice open chords which jazzists will really appreciate. You can play barre chords, but the open chords sound very nice, especially if you are finger-picking.
  • Wherever you see 2 chords with a hyphen between them, it means the beat count is shared equally, so in this case where the time signature is 4/4, the first chord is played for 2 beats and the second chord is played for 2 beats, e.g., | F - B♭ | means 2 beats on F and 2 beats on B♭.
  • -5, -9, and + chords can also be written as b5, b9, and aug chords therefore, Am7-5 = Am7b5; C7-9 = C7b9; F+ = Faug
  • Wherever you see chords like C/E, C/G, or Dm/F, the chord is played with the leading bass note after the back-slash, i.e., Dm/F means you play a Dm chord leading with a bass note of F; C/G is a C chord with a leading bass note of G; C/E is a C chord with a leading bass note of E. This last example could also be played as 032010 which is a normal C chord which includes the E-bass note on the 6th string instead of omitting it. However, it doesn't quite sound right after the Dm, hence the use of xx2010 where the leading bass note is on the 4th string, omitting strings 5 & 6 altogether.
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