Norwegian Wood Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my Norwegian Wood chord chart by The Beatles. Originally off of the group’s 1965 album Rubber Soul, this song stands as a significant milestone in The Beatles’ evolution as songwriters, in particular John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It is also notable for marking the first appearance of a sitar in a Western rock recording.

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Norwegian Wood Guitar Chords:

Norwegian Wood Strumming Patterns:

The strumming patter should accent the 1st beat of each measure. Fortunately, the chords are pretty easy, but the strumming can take a second to get used to. Especially the quick D C G measure. We will be using 3/4 time for this song and our strumming pattern, to make it easier to count.

Suggested Strumming (6/8 time):
D                D                 |D  C G | D
+ 2 + 3 +  1 + 2 + 3 +    1  2  3    1 + 2 + 3 +
      U DU  D     U D U   D D D     DU DU

I would consider this song more intermediate in scope. With that said, you could simplify by just doing all down strums for each count as shown below accenting the first beat.

Easier Strumming:
2 3

Norwegian Wood Guitar Lesson:

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Norwegian Wood Chord Chart:

Intro:  D D |D C G| D X 2 times

D  D                  D    D                   D      |D      C              G    | D D
I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
D          D                            D       D        D       |D         C        G | D D
She showed me her room, isn’t good, Norwegian wood.    She
Dm                   Dm                   Dm            Dm             G    G G  G
asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere.            So
Dm            Dm                Dm                      Dm          Em  Em A A
I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair.

DD              D     D                  D       |D            C      G | D D
I sat on a rug biding my time, drinking her wine.
D      D                    D      D                       D     | D     C            G   |  D D
We talked until two and then she said, “it’s time for bed.”

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

         Dm                  Dm                       Dm                 Dm               G G G G
She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh.          I
Dm             Dm             Dm                      Dm                 Em  Em  A  A
told her I didn’t and crawled off to sleep in the bath.
D         D            D     D             D       |D     C               G   |  D D
And when I awoke I was alone, this bird had flown.
D  D         D      D           D       |D    C             G    |      D D
So I lit a fire, isn’t it good, Norwegian wood.

D D D D D |D C G| D 

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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