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Somewhere Only We Know (Kalimba Tab)

Here is the Kalimba tab for Somewhere Only We Know so you can learn to play it.

‘Somewhere only we know’ is a hit single by the rock band Keane, which was released in 2004 and appears on the album: Now that’s what I call music 57. Since then, it has been covered by Lily Allen, Elizabeth Gillies, Max Schneider, and Reneé Dominique, among others, for the John Lewis Christmas commercial.


Kalimba Tab – Somewhere Only We Know


G D       D B        A  B     A   B

I walked a-cross an em-pty land

C C     C   C     C       C   C    C      B  A   C    B

I knew the path-way like the back of my han-d.

G D  D   B      A     B      B    B

I felt the earth be-neath my feet

C    C  C   C   C   C   C C         B   A      C  B

Sat by the riv-er, and it made me com-ple-te

B    G    G   E        B        B       B      D 

Oh, sim-ple thing, where have you gone?

D  B     C    C    C    C  C      C        C     C  B  A   B   C  B

I’m get-ting old, and I need some-thing to re-ly on

B   G   G   E        B        B      B  D  D  B

So tell me when you’re gon-na let me in

C    C   C     C C   C    C  C     B         A        B C  B    

I’m get-ting tir-ed, and I need some-where to be-gin.

Somewhere Only We Know FAQs

What is the name of the singer of the song “Somewhere Only We Know”?

“Somewhere Only We Know” is a song by Keane, an English alternative rock band. It was released as the first single from their debut album Hopes and Fears. This is now popularised as tab for the kalimba instrument.

Is there a demo of Somewhere Only We Know available?

In 2004, a demo version of “Somewhere Only We Know” was leaked online. This version has a longer duration (4:24) and an additional bridge. The demo does not include Chaplin’s shouts near the end of the final version. 

Is ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ referring to a specific location?

We’ve been asked if ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ is about a specific location, and Tim has responded that it could be about a geographical space, or a feeling, for him or for us as individuals; it can mean something different to each person, and they can interpret it to memory… Perhaps it’s more of a theme than a specific message…

Sakari Oramo