"Lean On Me" by Bill Withers on piano.

Learn To Play "Lean On Me" On Piano

Bill Withers released "Lean On Me" in 1972. The song became his only #1 hit, and has gone on to become an evergreen. It is an essential song for new piano students, as simple chords are used while playing, but still provides somewhat of a challenge. In this tutorial we will show you how to play the song on piano. We will show you the chords you need, lyrics, and future steps. Take it from us, as we have some of the most qualified piano teachers in your area, and online!



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Chords And Lyrics


Didn't sound so tricky, right? Here are the five chords which you need to play the song. The chords in the intro are also played throughout the verse and chorus, with only the bridge and outro differing.

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Intro

C      C       Dm     Em    F
F      Em    Dm     C
C      Dm   Em     Em   Dm
C      C       Dm     Em    F
F      Em    Dm     C
C      Dm   Em     G7     C


Verse 1

C         C          Dm     Em    F
Sometimes in         our   lives
F      Em    Dm     C
We all      have pain
C      Dm   Em     Em   Dm
We all      have   sor-row
C      C       Dm     Em    F
But if       we       are   wise
F      Em      Dm   C
We know that there's
C    Dm   Em    G7    C
Al-ways to---mor-row


Chorus

                    C      C         Dm     Em    F
Lean on me, when you're not strong
           F      Em    Dm     C
And I'll    be      your  friend
C      Dm   Em     Em     Dm
I'll    help  you   carry on
C      C       Dm     Em    F
For it        won't be    long
         F      Em      Dm   C
'Til I'm   gon---na     need
C         Dm   Em     G7    C
Somebo---dy to lean on


Verse 2

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


Bridge

                    C                                                     G                    C
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
                  C                                     G       C
We all need somebody to lean on
              C                                                       G                        C
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
                  C                                     G       C
We all need somebody to lean on


Chorus

Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on


Bridge

You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'll understand
We all need somebody to lean on


Verse 3

If there is a load you have to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load if you just call me


Outro

  C     G
(Call me) If you need a friend
  C     G
(Call me) call me uh huh
  C     G
(Call me) if you need a friend
  C     G
(Call me) If you ever need a friend
  C     G
(Call me) Call me
  C     G
(Call me) call me
  C     G
(Call me) call me
  C     G
(Call me) call me
  C     G
(Call me) if you need a friend
  C     G
(Call me) call me
  C     G
(Call me) call me
  C     G
(Call me) call me
  C     G
(Call me) call me
  C     G
(Call me)


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