Sonnet 18
1609
augbWilliam Shakespeare / Paul Kelly
A7CDmF
4 chords used in this song

Here is Paul Kelly's version of Shakespeare's most well known sonnet, released on the 400th anniversary of the bard's death. Its a little hard to play on ukulele in the original Bm, so I have rasied the key slightly to Dm. You can also play it fairly comfortably in Cm.

DmCFC
Shall DmI comCpare thee to a Fsummer's Cday?
DmCDm
Thou Dmart more Clovely and more Dmtemperate
DmCFC
Rough Dmwinds do Cshake the darling Fbuds of CMay
DmCDm
And Dmsummer's lease hath Call too Dmshort a date
CDm
SomeCtime too hot the eye of Dmheaven shines
CDm
And Coften is his gold complexion Dmdimm'd
DmCFC
And Dmevery Cfair from fair someFtime deCclines
DmCDm
By Dmchance, or nature's Cchanging course, unDmtrimm'd
CDm
But Cthy eternal summer shall not Dmfade
CDm
Nor Close possession of that fair thou Dmow'st
CDm
Nor shall CDeath brag thou wander'st in his Dmshade
A7
When in eA7ternal lines to time thou grow'st
DmCFC
So Dmlong as men can Cbreathe or Feyes can Csee
DmCDm
So Dmlong lives this, and Cthis gives life to Dmthee
Instrumental
   Dm  C    Dm  C  Dm  Am   Dm
A| ---------0-3--- 0-0-0------
E| --1--013-----3- -----310---
C| 2---0---------- ---------2-
G| --------------- -----------
   Dm  C    Dm  C  Dm  Am   Dm
A| ---------0-3--- 0-0-0------
E| --1--013-----3- -----310---
C| 2---0---------- ---------2-
G| --------------- -----------
   C        Dm C        Dm
A| 3-3-3-01-0- 3-3-3-01-0-
E| -----3----- -----3-----
C| ----------- -----------
G| ----------- -----------
   Dm  C    Dm  C  Dm  Am   Dm
A| ---------0-3--- 0-0-0------
E| --1--013-----3- -----310---
C| 2---0---------- ---------2-
G| --------------- -----------
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