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  1. #1
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    Default Help with "How Can I Be"

    Saw this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD_ibxy270Q, on youtube and would really like to play it. Anybody know the chords, strums, lyrics etc?
    Rob

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    Default how can i be

    This is the version I play - hope it helps!!
    Chords: G Bm Em C D7
    Strumming pattern:
    G
    dduu
    Bm
    dduu
    Em
    dduudududuu
    C
    dduudduu
    D7
    dduuud

    Lyrics:
    How can I be
    like my brother nephi
    like my father lehi of hold
    how can i be
    like captain moroni in the wars that are told
    how can i see forever like the promise to the 3 nephites

    CHORUS
    I wanna be samuel the lamanite
    I wanna be benjamin the wise
    I wanna be like abinadi
    Oh tell me how, can I be like them

    How can I be
    like alma the younger, a strong servant of the lord
    how can i be
    like mighty ammon, whose heart was the sword
    how can i
    be a strippling warrior and learn to fight by faith

    CHORUS

    How can i be, how can i be
    like my brother Joseph, when he prayed in the grove
    how can i have, how can i have
    the strength that he had, and the love he had for God
    how can i be corageous, and strive to choose the right

    CHORUS(after the line "i wanna be like abinadi", sing the following)
    I wanna be like Jesus Christ
    Oh tell me how can i be like him
    oh tell me how can i be like him

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    Here you go! I'm no Mormon, but it's really catchy!

    Code:
    How Can I Be
    Transposed by SuperSecretBETA
    
    Chords:
    G 0232
    D7 2223
    D6 2222
    Em 0432
    C 0003
    
    Strumming:
    D = down
    U = up
    X = chunk
    u= optional transition up-strum
    short chords D DUXUDu
    long chords  D DUXUDU UDUXUDu
    
    
    Intro:
    G D7(2020) G D7(2020)
    
    Verse 1:
              G D6 Em
    How can I be
                    C                   D7
    Like my brother Nephi and my father Lehi of Hold
              G D6 Em
    How can I be
                   C            D7
    Like Captain Moroni and the wars that were told
    C               D7
    How can I be forever
             G              D6      Em
    Like the promise in the three Nephites
    
    Chorus:
               C
    I wanna be Samuel the Lamanite
               D6
    I wanna be Benjamin the wise
               C               D6
    I wanna be like Abinadi iiii
               C   D7        G        D6 Em
    Oh tell me how can I be like them    
    C D7
    Oooooo
    
    Verse 2:
              G D6 Em
    How can I be
                  C                 D7
    Like Alma the younger, a strong servant of the Lord
              G D6 Em
    How can I be
                C            D7
    Like mighty Ammon, whose heart was the sword
    C                         D7
    How can I be a strippling warrior
        G        D6       Em
    And learn to fight by faith
    
    Chorus:
               C
    I wanna be Samuel the Lamanite
               D6
    I wanna be Benjamin the wise
               C               D6
    I wanna be like Abinadi iiii
               C   D7        G        D6 Em
    Oh tell me how can I be like them    
    C D7
    Oooooo
    
    Verse 3:
              G D6 Em
    How can I be
                    C               D7
    Like my brother Joseph, when he prayed in the grove
              G D6 Em
    How can I have
        C                             D7
    The strength that he had, and the love he had for God
    C                D7
    How can I be courageous
        G         D6         Em
    And strive to choose the right
    
    Chorus:
               C
    I wanna be Samuel the Lamanite
               D6
    I wanna be Benjamin the wise
               C
    I wanna be like Abinadi
               D6
    I wanna be like Jesus Christ   
               C   D7        G        D6 Em
    Oh tell me how can I be like Him
               C   D7        G        D6 Em C D7
    Oh tell me how can I be like Him
    G D6 Em C D7
    Ooooooooo
    Last edited by SuperSecretBETA; 01-26-2009 at 09:41 PM. Reason: strumming added


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    This a good song. I hear this one plenty times from missionaries. Easy song to play, easy strum. Au'rai!

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    Default Thanks so much!

    Thanks for the quick replies!! Turns out I'm home sick and now I know what to do with my bored self.

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