What If God Was One Of Us Chord Chart
by Joan Osborne

Welcome to my What If God Was One Of Us chord chart by Joan Osborne. This was a very popular song back in the 90s and you probably know now how I love 90s music.

This is definitely a great beginner song once you learn you C, G, Em and D chords. The only tricky part is that the chords split a measure (2 beats per chord) so your chord changes have to be a little bit quicker to make this one work right. You can always do two down strums per chord to make things very simple instead of the 16th note strumming pattern below. Cmaj7 is just a C chord without the first finger.

Strumming:
1 + 2 +a 3 + 4 + a
D  D DU D D DU

Easier Strumming:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D  DU  D DU

 
 

What If God Was One Of Us Chord Chart

By Joan Osborne Capo on second fret

Intro:  |Em  C|  | G  D|   (8 times)                                 

Verse:
| Em          C|  |G              D|                        | Em                C|
If God had a name, what would it be And would you call it to his face
|G                  D |                 |  Em      C|
If you were faced with him in all his glory
|G                         D|                 | Em        C |     | G   D|
What would you ask if you had just one question


Pre Chorus:
Cmaj7       | G        D |   Cmaj7      | G        D |
And yeah yeah God is great  Yeah yeah god is good
Cmaj7         D
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah


Chorus:

            |Em      C|        | G   D |             |Em      C|        | G   D |
What if god was one of us?                  Just a slob like one of us?
          |Em      C|        | G        D |                 |Em     C|    | G   D |
Just a stranger on the bus  Tryin' to make his way home


Verse:

| Em          C| | G                D |                         |Em              C|
If God had a face what would it look like And would you want to see
|G             D |                         | Em         C|
If seeing meant that you would have to believe
|G                      D|              |  Em             C |     | G        D |
In things like heaven and in Jesus and the saints and all the prophets


Pre Chorus:
Cmaj7       | G        D |   Cm aj7      | G        D |
And yeah yeah God is great  Yeah yeah God is good
Cmaj7         D
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
 
Chorus:

            |Em      C|        | G   D |             |Em      C|        | G   D |
What if god was one of us?                Just a slob like one of us?
          |Em      C|       | G    D |                 |Em    C |      
Just a stranger on the bus  Tryin' to make his way home
|G D| |Em C|   |G                D |           |Em    C|             
He's trying to make his way home  Back up to heaven all alone
|G             D  |              | Em      C |
Nobody calling on the phone
|G                D  |           Cmaj7 D Cmaj7 D
Except for the pope maybe in Rome

Solo:

|Em C| |G D| |Em C| |G D|

Pre Chorus:
Cmaj7       | G        D |   Cm aj7      | G        D |
And yeah yeah God is great  Yeah yeah God is good
Cmaj7         D
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
 
Chorus:

            |Em      C|        | G   D |             |Em      C|        | G   D |
What if god was one of us?                Just a slob like one of us?
          |Em      C|       | G    D |                 |Em    C |      
Just a stranger on the bus  Tryin' to make his way home
|G  D|     | Em            C|
Like a holy rolling stone
  |G            D   |            | Em   C |
Back up to heaven all alone
|G            D    |           Em(hold) C (hold) Em(hold) 
Just trying to make his way home
                      C (hold)    
Nobody calling on the phone
G(hold)
Except for the pope maybe in Rome

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This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

 

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