Stand By Me Chords and Lyrics by Ben E. King – super easy and solo version

Thankfully, the Stand By Me chords are super simple so anyone can learn this timeless classic – especially with this easy version.

stand by me chords

If you want to play the iconic baseline and the Stand By Me chords together, I’ve also made a tab for a solo arrangement. Just scroll to the bottom.

Stand By Me is in the key of A major, and has a I vi IV V. This means that the chords are A, F#m, D, E.

But to make it simpler for beginner guitar players I’ve created a version with a capo at 2nd fret to keep the chord shapes simple.

With a capo at the 2nd fret, the chord shapes are all easy to play: G, Em, C, D.

If you’re interested in more guitar songs for beginners, check out our list of 100.

Stand By Me Chords

The Stand By Me chords are A, F#m, D and E. But with a capo at the 2nd fret, these more simple shapes can be played: G, Em, C and D.

So with capo at 2nd fret, play:

G chord guitar
Em chord guitar
C chord guitar
D chord guitar

Stand By Me Chord Chart

If viewing on a phone, turn sideways. (The phone, not you.)

Capo 2nd Fret

[Intro / baseline]

E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-0----0---------|--0----0----0---|-----------------|-----------------|
D|------------0-4-|---------------4-|-2-----2----0--|-2----2----2-0--|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|--0----0--------|--0----0--------|
D|--------------2-|--0----0---0--4-|-----------0--4-|-----------0--4-|
A|-3----3----3----|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|


[Chord pattern throughout]

G   G | Em   Em | C   D | G   G
 
[Verse 1]
                          G                    G                                     
When the night      has come    
                   
Em                                      Em
         and the land is dark
                     C                  D                   G               G
And the moon is the only light we'll see

               G          G                      Em        Em
No, I won't be afraid, no, I    won't be afraid
            C                        D                    G                   G
Just as long as you stand, stand by  me.          So darlin', darlin'
 
[Chorus 1]
G                       G                   Em         Em
Stand by me,       oh now   stand by   me,

C                     D                  G            G
Stand by me,     stand by        me.
 
[Verse 2]
                   G                       G             
If the sky that we look up-on       

 Em                                    Em
          Should tumble and fall

                             C                   D                      G          G
And the mountain       should crumble to the sea

                     G                    G             Em                 Em
I won't cry,       I won't cry,    no, I      won't shed a tear

                    C                         D                    G               G
Just as long      as you stand,    stand by   me.  And darling, darling
 
[Chorus 2]
G                       G                   Em         Em
Stand by me,       oh now   stand by   me,

C                     D                  G            G
Stand by me,     stand by        me.
 
[Orchestral interlude]
G        G       Em      Em
C        D       G       G
G        G       Em      Em
C        D       G       G
 
[Chorus 3]
G                       G                   Em         Em
Stand by me,       oh now   stand by   me,

C                     D                  G            G
Stand by me,     stand by        me.

Stand By Me Solo Arrangement

For those guitarists past the beginner stage, here’s a solo arrangement version, which allows you to play the iconic baseline and the chords together.

And remember if you’re viewing on a phone, turn it sideways.

Capo 2nd fret

     G      G                     G      G                Em    Em              Em    Em      
E|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-2----2----------|--2----2--------|-0----0---------|-0----0----------|
G|-0----0----------|--0----0----0---|-0----0---------|-0----0---------|
D|-0----0-----0-4-|--0----0------4-|-2----2------0--|-2----2---2--0-|
A|-x----x----------|--x----x---------|-2----2----------|-2----2--------|
E|-3----3----------|--3----3---------|-0----0---------|-0----0--------|

      C     C                  D      D                  G      G                 G     G
E|-----------------|--2----2---------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-1----1---------|--3----3--------|--2----2---------|--2----2---------|
G|-0----0---------|--2----2--------|--0----0---------|--0----0---------|
D|-2----2-------2-|--0---0---0--4-|--0----0---0--4-|--0----0---0--4-|
A|-3----3----3----|-----------------|--x----x---------|--x----x---------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|--3----3---------|--3----3---------|

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