Lean On Me by Bill Withers | Lyrics with Guitar Chords

Bill Withers - Lean On Me (Live in Chicago, 1972) - YouTube

Lean On Me by Bill Withers was released in 1972. Withers wrote the song shortly after moving to Los Angeles from West Virginia, which he said had a stronger community ethic. Mary J Blige performed the song at US President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

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Key of the Song:

The original key of Lean On Me by Bill Withers is in C major.

Guitar Chords for Lean On Me by Bill Withers

Since this song was originally played on piano, the guitar chords below will not match the voicings from that instrument. So like with other songs, it may be best to play them along with the song while the melodies are being sung. Notice that G7 and G9 are only variations of the G major chord at the open position and the barre chord version.

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Lean On Me by Bill Withers – Lyrics with Chords

[Intro]
 
| C      F|(F)     C|(C)     Em|(Em) G9   |
| C      F|(F)     C|(C)     G7|(G7) C    |
 
 
[Verse 1]
 
C                F
Sometimes in our lives
            C
We all have pain
            Em G
We all have sorrow
C             F
But if we are wise
             C                G7 C
We know that there's always tomorrow
 
 
[Chorus]
 
          C                 F
Lean on me, when you're not strong
                 C
And I'll be your friend
              Em    G
I'll help you carry on
C               F
For it won't be long
               C
'Til I'm gonna need
            G7   C
Somebody to lean on
 
 
[Verse 2]
 
C                   F
Please swallow your pride
          C
If I have things
            Em G
You need to borrow
C              F
For no one can fill
              C
Those of your needs
               G7  C
That you won't let show
 
 
[Bridge]
 
        C
So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
       C                G7   C
We all need somebody to lean on
       C
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
       C                G7   C
We all need somebody to lean on
 
 
[Chorus]
 
          C                 F
Lean on me, when you're not strong
                 C
And I'll be your friend
              Em    G
I'll help you carry on
C               F
For it won't be long
               C
'Til I'm gonna need
            G7   C
Somebody to lean on
 
 
[Bridge]
 
        C
So just call on me brother, when you need a hand
       C                G7   C
We all need somebody to lean on
       C
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
       C                G7   C
We all need somebody to lean on
 
 
[Verse 3]
 
C             F
If there is a load
            C
you have to bear
               Em G
That you can't carry
C                F
I'm right up the road
                C
I'll share your load
            G7   C
If you just call me (call me)

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