Lean On Me Chord Chart by Bill Withers

Welcome to my Lean On Me guitar chord chart. What a great song, Lean On Me by Bill Withers uses a pretty simple song structure. There is a cool bass line that goes along with this song, but we are going to keep it simple. This song uses only 3 chords, C, F and G. If you can't do barre chords yet, I would recommend the 'simple' Fmaj7 chord, which looks exactly like a C chord except you move the 2nd and 3rd fingers down one string each. 

To keep things simple you can treat each chord as 4 beats unless marked as in the case of | G - C - | which means each chords has 2 beats. In the real song, the second chord changes on the up strum of the 4th beat as shown below

C                   F                         C
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1

If you find this difficult, that is OK. Just treat each chord as one full measure.

Strum:               or
 
1 + 2 + 3+  4 +         1 + 2+ 3 +  4 +
D         DU D            D        D U D U

 

Lean On Me Guitar Chord Chart
By Bill withers

VERSE:
C                            F                         C 

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain 
                      G           C                    F 
We all have sorrow    But if we are wise 
                         C                   | G  -    C -|   
We know that there's always tomorrow 


CHORUS: 

                  C                          F                                 C 
Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend 
                      G  
I'll help you carry on 
C                       F                              C 
For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need 
                      |G  -  C -| 
Somebody to lean on 

VERSE:

C                                 F                      C 
Please swallow your pride If I have things 
                       G        C                     F                          
You need to borrow For no one can fill 
                          C                            |G  -   C -| 
Those of your needs That you don't let show 

CHORUS: 
                  C                          F                                C 

Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend 
                      G  
I'll help you carry on 
C                       F                              C 
For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need 
                      |G -   C -| 
Somebody to lean on 


VERSE:

C                   F                         C 

If there is a load you have to bear 
                        G     C                      F       
That you can't carry I'm right up the road 
                        C                  |G - C -| 
I'll share your load If you just call me 


BRIDGE:
             C                              C                        C 

So just call on me brother, when you need a hand 
             C                          |G -  C -| 
We all need somebody to lean on 
           C                             C                         C 
I just might have a problem that you'd understand 
            C                          |G -   C -| 
We all need somebody to lean on 

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

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