Morning Has Broken

First published in 1931
Words by the American writer Eleanor Farjeon

First lines in the song:
Morning has broken
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.


Morning Has Broken guitar tab and notes (pdf)

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Morning Has Broken - guitar tab, notes, chords and lyrics

“Morning Has Broken” is a funeral hymn from the 1930s. Although it may be more known as a song recorded 1971 by Cat Stevens. The lyrics is written by Eleanor Farjeon and based on the hymn “Bunessan”, which is believed to originate from an older Irish melody.

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Morning Has Broken (full accompaniment)

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Morning Has Broken for ukelele

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Morning Has Broken (only melody)

"Morning Has Broken" tablature notation for guitar.

Morning Has Broken tabs

Tips on how to learn this song

The melody is arranged to be played in open position (open strings and the first three frets). This demands little movement of the fretting hand. The challenge may be shifting between the four middle strings (notice that the highest and lowest strings aren't involved). In the 11th and 23th bars, the notes will ring out for two bars (they should only be played once).

Lyrics and chords

Morning Has Broken chords in the key of C
Verse 1:
(C)Morning has bro(Dm)ken, (G)like the first (F)mor(C)ning,
(C)Blackbird has (Em)spoken, (D)like the first (G)bird.
(C)Praise for the (F)singing! (C)praise for the mor(D)ning!
(G)Praise for them (C)spring(F)ing (G)fresh from the (C)world!

Verse 2:
(C)Sweet the rain's new (Dm)fall, (G)sunlit from (F)heav(C)en,
(C)Like the first (Em)dewfall, (D)on the first (G)grass.
(C)Praise for the (F)sweetness (C)of the wet gar(D)den,
(G)Sprung in com(C)plete(F)ness (G)where his feet (C)pass.

Verse 3:
(C)Mine is the sun(Dm)light, (G)mine is the (F)mor(C)ning
(C)Born of the (Em)one light, (D)Eden saw (G)play
(C)Praise with e(F)lation, (C)praise every mor(D)ning,
(G)God's recre(C)a(F)tion (G)of the new (C)day!

The song include only diatonic chords except the D chord. The version above is in the key of C major. The quick changes in the last line i better visible than th esyllables are divided, which looks like: (G)God's re-cre-(C)a-(F)tion (G)of the new (C)day!

There are possibilities to change to key by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put:

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Morning Has Broken" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

Key signature music symbol


Morning Has Broken is played in the key of C.

Time signature music symbol

Time signature

The song is played in 3/4 tempo (counted one, two, three for each measure).

Tuning overview


The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

BPM symbol and numbers

Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 110 for the presented version.

Tags: Ukelele, funeral hymn