The Magnetic Fields – If I Were A Rich Man

The Magnetic Fields – If I Were A Rich Man (Chords)

Many of Stephin Merritt’s songs have a strong musical theatre style to them. He has put out an album of showtunes and has said that he wants to write 100 Hollywood musicals. So it’s no great surprise to hear The Magnetic Fields covering a song from Fiddler on the Roof.

The scratchy out of tune uke on this song gave me a few problems transcribing it. I’m fairly sure he’s playing with a capo on the third fret or tuned to Eb (Bb Eb G C), but I’ve written the chords out for standard C-tuning. If you want to simplify the song, feel free to play the open chord positions.

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  1. maduke August 1st, 2007 9:52 am

    thanks, woodshed, great work! trickier than i thought…getting the melody and the rhythm together

  2. Woodshed August 2nd, 2007 4:18 pm

    I absolutely can’t sing and play at the same time. No matter how easy the song is. Good luck with it.

  3. halit October 15th, 2007 10:59 am

    thank you for your help

  4. Woodshed October 15th, 2007 11:02 pm

    My pleasure, halit. Thanks for the comment.

  5. John November 29th, 2008 2:23 pm

    The link to cover freak 404’d.

  6. Woodshed November 30th, 2008 9:59 am

    Sorry about that, John. Not sure what’s happened to Cover Freak.

  7. Sandy March 18th, 2010 2:30 am

    Yay! Thank you , cannot wait to try. What is the strumming pattern, though?

  8. Hannes March 15th, 2013 6:58 pm

    Hi, many thanks! Also can’t figure out the strumming? Any suggestions/ideas?

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