Stand By Me Guitar Chord Chart by Ben E. King

Stand By Me by Ben E. King is a very memorable song. It's also a very repetitive song which means it's pretty easy to memorize. Love this song, particularly the violin. If you do not know a F#m barre chord, don't worry. You can play and "A" chord on the bottom three string and only strum the bottom three strings and you will be all set.

I have a short "Simple Song" video lesson below that goes with this song.

 
 


Stand By Me Guitar Chord Chart by Ben E. King


I have a couple of suggested strumming patterns here. Each chord is 1 measure (4 beats each) so that means you can just do four down strums per chord.

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

INTRO: A  A  F#m  F#m   D   E   A  A 
 
VERSE: 

   A                             A      F#m                          F#m 
When the night has come            And the land is dark 
                D                E                       A       A 
And the moon is the only light we'll see  
           A                           A          F#m           F#m 
No, I won't be afraid,           No, I won't be afraid 
              D               E                       A    A 
Just as long as you stand, stand by me. 


CHORUS:

                                   A                   A 
So, darling, darling, stand by me, 
       F#m         F#m 
Oh, stand by me. 
         D        E                   A              A 
Oh, stand, stand by me, Stand by me. 

 
VERSE:

          A                        A       F#m                    F#m 
If the sea that we look upon            Should tumble and fall 
                D                        E                  A       A 
Or the mountain should crumble in the sea, 
             A                  A            F#m            F#m 
I won't cry, I won't cry,    No, I won't shed a tear 
              D                 E               A     A    
Just as long as you stand, stand by me. 

 
INTERLUDE:
A  A  F#m   F#m   D   E   A  A 
A  A  F#m   F#m   D   E   A  A 

CHORUS: 

                                 A             A 
So, darling, darling, stand by me, 
        F#m            F#m 
Oh, stand by me. 
         D        E                   A              A 
Oh, stand, stand by me, Stand by me.


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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