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: Learn the progressions


Wonderful World guitar lesson + TAB + 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 practised in all keys, for Wonderful World, without a capo it’s in the key of B, like this:

||: B (I) | G#m (VI) | E (IV) | F# (V) :||

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

| B (I) | E (IV) | B | E |
| F# (V) | 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# (V) | B (I) | F# | B |
| C#7 (IIx) | 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.

Here’s a preview, this is the first example, without a capo, this is the most awkward way to play Wonderful World’s chords.

Wonderful World chords and TAB, example 1.

The keys of A and G work much better, especially if you play Wonderful World’s chords on your own or as a duo using acoustic guitars.

Members look at 6 examples of how to play Wonderful World. Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Wonderful World – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



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.



Wonderful World Chords | Related Pages


Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Wonderful World.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Wonderful World's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Sam Cooke tunes

Sam Cooke wrote Wonderful World.

Sam Cooke has been called The King Of Soul. His legacy is extensive and his impact on soul music is undeniable.

Between 1957 and 1963, Sam Cooke managed twenty-nine top 40 hits including You Send Me, Chain Gang, A Change Is Gonna Come, and Wonderful World.


Sam Cooke on the web

Listen to Sam Cooke on Spotify.


Rock n Roll & Early Pop

When you can play Wonderful World, check out these Rock n Roll & Early Pop tunes as well.

As popular music was starting to take shape, the earliest styles that came out of Jazz and Blues were Rock n Roll & Early Pop.

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About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson about Wonderful World chords.

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