Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley Tempo: 125 bpm (official recording is 128 bpm) Strumming Patterns



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Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley

Tempo: 125 bpm (official recording is 128 bpm)

Strumming Patterns: (see below)


Pattern 1a:
RURUU | RUURUU | RUURUU | RUURUU
(aka RURUU | RUURUU x3) where the "R" is NOT played.


Pattern 1:
RURU (where the “R” is NOT played.)

The intro pattern is just DDDD or DUDU fully strummed using eighth notes.


Chords Used (with options)

Intro: A7 (as seen below)




Chorus 1 (Pattern 1a)

A F#m A


Buffalo Soldier, Dread----lock Raaaaasta.

(A) F#m A

There was a Buffalo Soldier, in the heart of America.

(A) F#m A

Stolen from Africa, brought to America.

(A) F#m A

Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival – I MEAN IT!
Verse 1 (Pattern 1)
D C#m D C#m

…When I analyze the stench……..

A E F#m (F#m)

To me it makes a lot of sense.

D C#m D C#m

How the Dread-----lock Rasta……..

A E F#m

Was the Buffalo Soldier.


Chorus 2 (Pattern 1a)
(F#m) A F#m A

And he was taken from Africa, brought to America

(A) F#m A

Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

(A) F#m A

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, Dread---- lock Raaaaasta.

(A) F#m A

Buffalo Soldier, in the heart of America.


Verse 2 (Pattern 1)
D C#m D C#m

If you know your history……

A E F#m (F#m)

Then you would know where you’re coming from

D C#m D C#m

Then you wouldn’t have to ask me….

A E F#m

Who the heck do I think I am?


Chorus 3 (Pattern 1a)
(F#m) A F#m A

I’m just a Buffalo Soldier, in the heart of America.

(A) F#m A

Stolen from Africa, brought to America.

(A) F#m A

Said he was fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

(A) F#m A

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, win the war for America.


Breakdown/Chorus Theme (Pattern 1a)
(A) F#m A

Said he “Woe yoe yoe, Woe yoe yoe yoe, Woe yoe yoe yeh yoe yeh yoe yoe.” (x2)



Bridge (Pattern 1)
F#m D C#m

Buffalo Soldier, trodding through the land.

(C#m) F#m

Said he wanna ran, then you wanna hand….

D C#m

……trodding through the land, yeah, yeah


Chorus 4 (Pattern 1a)
(C#m) A F#m A

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, win the war for America.

(A) F#m A

Buffalo Soldier, Dread----lock Raaaaasta.

(A) F#m A

Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival



  1. F#m A

Driven from the mainland, to the heart of the Carib----bean.
Breakdown/Chorus Theme (again – Pattern 1a)
(A) F#m A

“Woe yoe yoe, Woe yoe yoe yoe, Woe yoe yoe yeh yoe yeh yoe yoe.” (x2)




Chorus 5/Outro/Etc. (Pattern 1a)


  1. F#m A

Trodding through San Juan, in the arms of America.

(A) F#m A

Trodding through Jamaica, a Buffalo Soldier

(A) F#m A

Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

(A) F#m A

Buffalo Soldier, Dread----lock Raaaaasta.

(A) F#m A



“Woe yoe yoe, Woe yoe yoe yoe, Woe yoe yoe yeh yoe yeh yoe yoe.” (x2 and end on A)


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