Lean On Me

Words & Music:

Bill Withers


Given are the basic chords.  If you wanna sound like Bill, walk up & walk down in the bass between chords.  i.e.  A   A/B  A/C#  D  or D  D/C#  D/B  A, etc.


A   D   A   E  E7  |  A   D   A   E7  A  [or can just start with vox]


A                D                  A                 E  E7

Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow.

A              D                  A              E7   A

But, if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow.



        A                   D

Lean on me, when you're not strong

                 A                     E     E7

And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on.

A                D

For, it won't be long,

               A                E    A

'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.


Please swallow your pride, if I have things you need to borrow.

For no one can fill those of your needs that you won't let show.





         A                             E      A

So, just call on your brother when you need a hand.

       A                E    A

We all need somebody to lean on.

       A                         E           A

I just might have a problem that you'll understand.

       A                E    A

We all need somebody to lean on.




If there is a load you have to bear that you can' carry.

I'm right up the road, I'll share your load, if you just call me...


[OUTRO: recording repeats & fades out on "Call me...", you can also repeat the chorus here or go out on the intro chords]


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