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Stand By Me Chords And Strumming, John Lennon

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Did You Know? John Lennon was unable to release the song (and Rock 'n' Roll the album it was from) because producer Phil Spector disappeared with the master recordings. The record company later had to buy them back for $90,000. 

The chord progress in Stand By Me was so common in the 50s and 60s music that it became know as the 'Stand By Me Changes'. 

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm:  Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Straight 8s throughout) 

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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Stand By Me Chords And Strumming, John Lennon

Django Chords:  

(capo: fret 2) 

Django G Chord

Django Em Chord

Django C Chord

Django D Chord


Key: With capo A, without G

Strumming:

"Straight 8s":

|D U D U D U D U |


Tempo:

105 bpm

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Intro -

|G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

|C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |


Verse-

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x2

 

When the (G)night has (G)come (Em) and the land is dark (Em)
and the (C)moon is the (D)only light (G)we'll see (G)
No, I (G)won't be a(G)fraid. No, I (Em)won't be (Em)afraid
Just as (C)long as you (D)stand, stand (G)by me and d(G)arling, darling...


Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

|C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)stand by (G)me Oh, now, now, (Em) stand by (Em)me
(C) Stand by me,  (D)  stand by (G)me  (G)


Verse 2 -

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x2

 

If the (G)sky that we look u(G)pon (Em) Should tumble and (Em)fall
And the (C)mountain should (D)crumble to the  (G)sea  (G)
I won't (G)cry, I won't (G)cry. No I (Em) won't shed a  (Em)tear
Just as (C)long as you (D)stand, stand (G)by me and d(G)arling, darling...


Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

|C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)stand by (G)me oh, (Em) stand by (Em)me
(C) Stand by me,  (D)  stand by me  (G) stand by me(G) 

 

Middle 8 (Instrumental) -

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x2


Whenever you're in trouble won't you... 


Final Chorus -

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x4


(G)stand by (G)me oh, now now (Em) stand by me (Em)
oh stand (C)by me,  stand (D)by me stand (G)by me

d(G)arling, darling...

(G)stand by (G)me yeah (Em) stand by me (Em)
oh stand (C)by me,  stand (D)by me s(G)tand by me

(G)heee he hee.

(G) (G) Al(Em)right. (Em) (C) (D) (G)

and (G)darling, darling...

(G)stand by (G)me oh, now (Em)now stand by me (Em)
(C) stand by me, (D) stand by me (G)  (G)

 


Final Chord Strum: G

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Stand By Me Chords And Strumming - John Lennon

Open Chords:  

(capo: fret 2) 

Open G Chord

Open Em Chord

Open C Chord

Open D Chord


Key: With capo A, without G

Strumming:

"Striaight 8s":

|D U D U D U D U |


Tempo:

105 bpm


Technique:

Palm mute all down strums

​​

Intro -

|G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

|C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |


Verse-

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x2

 

When the (G)night has (G)come (Em) and the land is dark (Em)
and the (C)moon is the (D)only light (G)we'll see (G)
No, I (G)won't be a(G)fraid. No, I (Em)won't be (Em)afraid
Just as (C)long as you (D)stand, stand (G)by me and d(G)arling, darling...


Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

|C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)stand by (G)me Oh, now, now, (Em) stand by (Em)me
(C) Stand by me,  (D)  stand by (G)me  (G)


Verse 2 -

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x2

 

If the (G)sky that we look u(G)pon (Em) Should tumble and (Em)fall
And the (C)mountain should (D)crumble to the  (G)sea  (G)
I won't (G)cry, I won't (G)cry. No I (Em) won't shed a  (Em)tear
Just as (C)long as you (D)stand, stand (G)by me and d(G)arling, darling...


Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

|C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)stand by (G)me oh, (Em) stand by (Em)me
(C) Stand by me,  (D)  stand by me  (G) stand by me(G) 

 

Middle 8 (Instrumental) -

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x2


Whenever you're in trouble won't you... 


Final Chorus -

||G - - - |G - - - |Em - - - |Em - - - |

 |C - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - || x4


(G)stand by (G)me oh, now now (Em) stand by me (Em)
oh stand (C)by me,  stand (D)by me stand (G)by me

d(G)arling, darling...

(G)stand by (G)me yeah (Em) stand by me (Em)
oh stand (C)by me,  stand (D)by me s(G)tand by me

(G)heee he hee.

(G) (G) Al(Em)right. (Em) (C) (D) (G)

and (G)darling, darling...

(G)stand by (G)me oh, now (Em)now stand by me (Em)
(C) stand by me, (D) stand by me (G)  (G)

 


Final Chord Strum: G

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