Wonderful World chords by Sam Cooke


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Wonderful World | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| B | G#m |

Verse 1

| B | G#m | E | F# |
Don’t know much about History, don’t know much Biology.
| B | G#m | E | F# |
Don’t know much about a Science book, don’t know much about the French I took.

Bridge 1

| B | E | B | E |
But I do know that I love you, and I know that if you love me, too.
| F# | B |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Verse 2

| B | G#m | E | F# |
Don’t know much about Geography, don’t know much Trigonometry.
| B | G#m | E | F# |
Don’t know much about Algebra, don’t know what a slide rule is for.

Bridge 2

| B | E | B | E |
But I do know one and one is two, and if this one could be with you.
| F# | B |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Middle 8

| F# | B | F# | B |
Now, I don’t claim to be an A student but I’m trying to be.
| C#7 | B |
For maybe by being an A student, baby.
| C#7 | F#7 |
I can win your love for me

Verse 3

| B | G#m | E | F# |
Don’t know much about History, don’t know much Biology.
| B | G#m | E | F# |
Don’t know much about a Science book, don’t know much about the French I took.

Bridge 3

| B | E | B | E |
But I do know that I love you and I know that if you love me, too.
| F# | B |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Verse 4

| B | G#m | E | F# |
La ta ta ta ta ta ta (History). Hmm-mm-mm (Biology).
| B | G#m | E | F# |
La ta ta ta ta ta ta (Science book). Hmm-mm-mm (French I took).

Outro

| B | E | B | E |
Yeah, but I do know that I love you, And I know that if you love me, too.
| F# | B F# B | B |
What a wonderful world this would be.


Wonderful World | Chords + Lyrics (capo 2)


Intro

| A | F#m |

Verse 1

| A | F#m | D | E |
Don’t know much about History, don’t know much Biology.
| A | F#m | D | E |
Don’t know much about a Science book, don’t know much about the French I took.

Bridge 1

| A | D | A | D |
But I do know that I love you, and I know that if you love me, too.
| E | A |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Verse 2

| A | F#m | D | E |
Don’t know much about Geography, don’t know much Trigonometry.
| A | F#m | D | E |
Don’t know much about Algebra, don’t know what a slide rule is for.

Bridge 2

| A | D | A | D |
But I do know one and one is two, and if this one could be with you.
| E | A |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Middle 8

| E | A | E | A |
Now, I don’t claim to be an A student but I’m trying to be.
| B7 | A |
For maybe by being an A student, baby.
| B7 | E7 |
I can win your love for me

Verse 3

| A | F#m | D | E |
Don’t know much about History, don’t know much Biology.
| A | F#m | D | E |
Don’t know much about a Science book, don’t know much about the French I took.

Bridge 3

| A | D | A | D |
But I do know that I love you and I know that if you love me, too.
| E | A |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Verse 4

| A | F#m | D | E |
La ta ta ta ta ta ta (History). Hmm-mm-mm (Biology).
| A | F#m | D | E |
La ta ta ta ta ta ta (Science book). Hmm-mm-mm (French I took).

Outro

| A | D | A | D |
Yeah, but I do know that I love you, And I know that if you love me, too.
| E | A E A | A |
What a wonderful world this would be.


Wonderful World | Chords + Lyrics (capo 4)


Intro

| G | Em |

Verse 1

| G | Em | C | D |
Don’t know much about History, don’t know much Biology.
| G | Em | C | D |
Don’t know much about a science book, don’t know much about the French I took.

Bridge 1

| G | C | G | C |
But I do know that I love you, and I know that if you love me, too.
| D | G |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Verse 2

| G | Em | C | D |
Don’t know much about Geography, don’t know much Trigonometry.
| G | Em | C | D |
Don’t know much about Algebra, don’t know what a slide rule is for.

Bridge 2

| G | C | G | C |
But I do know one and one is two, and if this one could be with you.
| D | G |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Middle 8

| D | G | D | G |
Now, I don’t claim to be an A student but I’m trying to be.
| A7 | G |
For maybe by being an A student, baby.
| A7 | D7 |
I can win your love for me

Verse 3

| G | Em | C | D |
Don’t know much about History, don’t know much Biology.
| G | Em | C | D |
Don’t know much about a Science book, don’t know much about the French I took.

Bridge 3

| G | C | G | C |
But I do know that I love you and I know that if you love me, too.
| D | G |
What a wonderful world this would be.

Verse 4

| G | Em | C | D |
La ta ta ta ta ta ta (History). Hmm-mm-mm (Biology).
| G | Em | C | D |
La ta ta ta ta ta ta (Science book). Hmm-mm-mm (French I took).

Outro

| G | C | G | C |
Yeah, but I do know that I love you, And I know that if you love me, too.
| D | G D G | G |
What a wonderful world this would be.


Wonderful World chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Wonderful World Analysis + TAB T

This is a classic chord progression, and Wonderful World is probably the second-best example when referencing it.

The I – VI – IV – V, also known as the Stand By Me changes, should be practiced in all keys, for Wonderful World, without a capo it’s in the key of B, like this:

||: B | G#m | E | F# :||

There are two more sections in Wonderful World, the bridge goes between chords I and IV, then to V – I, like this:

| B | E | B | E |
| F# | B |

The last and most adventurous section is the middle 8, here we go between V – I, then outside the key using the IIx chord (C#), like this:

| F# | B | F# | B |
| C#7 | B |
| C#7 | F#7 |

Members get TAB for playing this in the keys of A and G as well as the original key of B. A and G work much better should you play Wonderful World’s chords on your own or as a duo using an acoustic guitar.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Wonderful World, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Wonderful World is a perfect example of early Sam Cooke!

This was Sam Cooke’s biggest hit since You Send Me (’57).

Released in 1960, Wonderful World, also known as What A Wonderful World, was written by a songwriting team, although Sam rewrote some of the lyrics.

Charting at #2 in the U.S. and the U.K., Wonderful World was a hit, although its legacy over the years has grown to far outperform its initial impact.

Perhaps this is down to the several cover versions we’ve heard from Art Garfunkel, Don McLean, Michael Bolton, James Taylor, Otis Redding, and Hermans’s Hermits.

The Herman’s Hermits version had Jimi Page playing guitar on it, apparently, he was paid £12.


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