The Songs Page

These are the songs that we’ve played together at the Ukebox Pub Nights. The keys chosen and strumming patterns suggested are an interpretation of the song and are provided here to help you learn in advance of, and during our jams.

Many thanks for all the contributions from members of the Ottawa ukulele community, as well as from the greater online uking community. A special thanks goes out to two sources in particular, from which a great number of these charts are derived: Bytown Ukulele Group (BUG), especially Sue Rogers; and Dan Panke from MyUke.ca for his song suggestions and invaluable help with making the functionality of this webpage possible.

Song Title
Artist
Files, etc.
5 Days In May
Blue Rodeo (Jim Cuddy & Greg Keelor; 1993)
Play along with original recording in this key. JAM TIP: I've often dropped the key from Em to Am in order to sing it at jams. Jim Cuddy's voice is just a bit high for me.
9 To 5
Dolly Parton (Dolly Parton, 1980)
Use capo on 1st fret to play with original.
50's Shuffle Medley
Various Artists from the 1950's
1234
Feist (Sally Seltmann & Feist; 2007)
This version has all the Dm chords and decorated G chord in the chorus. Capo on 2nd fret to play with original recording.
1234 (Simplified)
Feist (Sally Seltmann & Feist; 2007)
Simplified version! I've used this version mainly to teach the song to children. All the Dm chords have been and the G chord in the Chorus is undecorated. Capo on 2nd fret to play with original recording.
Achy Breaky Heart
Billy Ray Cyrus (Don Von Tress, 1991)
Good beginner 2 chord song. Use any 4/4 strum you know.
Act Naturally
The Beatles (Johnny Russell & Voni Morrison, 1963)
Good Beginner Song. Play with original in this key.
A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney, 1964)
Use capo on 1st fret to play with original.
A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney, 1964)
This chart is in D. Original is in F#.
Ahead By A Century
The Tragically Hip (1996)
Contains Riff Tabs. Notated in key of original.
Ain't She Sweet
(Milton Ager & Jack Yellen, 1927)
A classic tune for the uke. Play along in this key. Check out George Harrison's playful 'fancy' strums.
Ain't No Cure For Love
Leonard Cohen (1986)
Play along in this key.
Aline
Christophe (1965)
Joue avec le vidéo dans cet tonalité.
All I Want Is You
Barry Louis Polisar (2008)
From the 'Juno' soundtrack. Fun 3 chord song for jams.
All Shook Up
Elvis Presley (Otis Blackwell, 1957)
Capo on 1 to play with recording.
Alouette
Folklore
Already Gone
The Eagles (Jack Stemchin & Robb Strandlund, 1974)
Play with original in this key.
American Pie
Don McLean (1971)
Original in Key of G. This version is in C.
Amsterdam
Jacques Brel (1964)
Brel chante cette chanson 3 demi-tons plus bas que cette version des accords.
Another Saturday Night
Sam Cooke (1963)
Capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
April Showers
Al Jolson (Louis Silvers; B.G. De Sylva, 1921)
Chords are in C but this video has it in F. Try capo on 5 to learn with this video. Also, first intro verse that Sue found is optional and often ommitted.
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Elvis Presley (Roy Turk & Lou Handman, 1926)
This chart is in G for my voice though Elvis sang it in C. Try a capo on 5th fret to learn with the original recording.
Atlanta Moan
Manitoba Hal (Barbecue Bob, 1930)
Play along in this key.
Atlantic City
Bruce Springsteen (1982)
Play to original with capo on 2.
Attends-moi ti-gars
Félix Leclerc (1957)
Enregistrement original 2 demi-tons plus bas.
Au bord de Lac Bijou
Zachary Richard (1996)
Au Chant De L'alouette
Traditionelle
Autumn Leaves
Standard (Kosma, Prevert, Mercer, 1945)
Bilingual Version
Autumns Here
Hawksley Workman (2003)
Play in this key.
Baby I Love Your Way
Peter Frampton (1975)
Play with original in this key.
Back In The U.S.S.R
The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney, 1968)
In this key.
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
Jim Croce (1973)
Opportunity to use 'Shuffle Chords'. Original key is G but this chart is in C. Try Capo on 7 to learn with the original.
Bad Day
Daniel Powter (2005)
Capo on 1 to play with original.
Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty, 1969)
Play in this key.
Best Day Of My Life
American Authors (2013)
Includes tabs for riff.
Big Yellow Taxi
Counting Crows (Joni Mitchell, 1970)
Capo on 1st fret to play with the Counting Crows version.
Billie Jean
Michael Jackson (1982)
Original is 1 semitone lower than these chords. These chords work well as an acoustic version of the song.
Billy Dee
Kris Kristopherson (1971)
This version has all the key changes.
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
KT Tunstall (2005)
Bo Diddley strum thoughout. Great rhythm challenge.
Blame It On Me
George Ezra (2014)
Bless Your Foolish Heart
Jesse Winchester (2009)
Capo 4 to play with original.
Blister In The Sun
Violent Femmes (Gordon Gano, 1983)
Includes Riff. Original in this key.
Blue Bayou
Roy Orbison (with Joe Melson, 1963)
Capo on 5 to learn with the original.
Blue Christmas
Elvis Presley (Billy Hayes / Jay Johnson, 1957)
Capo on 2nd fret to play along with this video.
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Willie Nelson (Fred Rose, 1975)
Good Beginner Song. This version has barlines added to help out. Put capo on 4th fret to play with original which is in the key of E.
Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley (Carl Perkins, 1955)
Play with Elvis in this key. Nice rhythm challenge in this tune.
Bobcaygeon
The Tragically Hip (1999)
Play with video in this key.
Born To Be Wild
Steppenwolf (Mars Bonfire, 1968)
A somewhat simplified version to play at jams. Use capo on 2 to play with video.
Both Sides Now
Joni Mitchell (1967)
Posted 2 versions. Play along with Judy Collin's version using Capo on 1st fret to learn the song. Joni Mitchell's version would require retuning a semi-tone lower.
Breakfast In Hell
Slaid Cleaves (2000)
Chart in the key of the original.
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Neil Sedaka (with Howard Greenfield, 1962)
Capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison (1967)
Includes intro riff. Play in this key with original recording.
Budapest
George Ezra (2014)
Play along in this key. If Bb chord is still uncomfortable, we've changed it to the key of C for jams in the past.
Build Me Up Buttercup
The Foundations (Mike d'Abo & Tony Macaulay, 1968)
Chart in the key of the original.
Burning Down The House
Talking Heads (1983)
Play with original in this key. Try Slowing it to .75 speed to get the hang of it.
Bye Bye Love
The Everly Brothers (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, 1957)
Capo on 2 to play with original.
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Frankie Valli (Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, 1967)
Original is in F. Capo on 5 to learn with video.
Changing Partners
Patti Page (Larry Coleman & Joe Darion, 1953)
Original in key of Eb. This chart is 4 semi-tones higher in G.
Chuck Berry Medley
Chuck Berry
Medley of many of his hits. Great way to practise the shuffle chords strumming.
City Of New Orleans
Steve Goodman (1971)
Famously covered by Arlo Guthrie (1972) and Willie Nelson (1984). Great tune to get everyone singing along. Have included the video for Willie Nelson's version in the key of D. Use capo on 2nd fret to learn along with it (Chart in C).
Closing Time
Semisonic (Dan Wilson, 1998)
This one has an easy riff. Play along in this key.
Comme un million de gens
Claude Dubois (1966)
Cotton Fields
Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter, 1940)
Folk Standard that's great fun to sing. We'll often play it in key of C but most online versions seem to be in Key of A (as shown here). Try using an alternating thumb picking pattern: 'Carter Picking'
Crocodile Rock
Elton John (w/Bernie Taupin, 1972)
Play along in this key.
Dancing In The Dark
Bruce Springsteen (1984)
Capo on 4th fret to try with original. It's much more singable for the guys in this key (G).
Dancing With Myself
Billy Idol (with Tony James, 1979)
Capo on 4th fret to play with original.
Dream Baby
Roy Orbison (Cindy Walker, 1962)
Great 2 chord song. Easy! Play with the video in the same key!
Dream Lover
Buddy Holly (Holly & Allison, 1956)
Classic 50's tune. Use capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
Drive My Car
The Beatles (McCartney / Lennon, 1965)
Play along in this key.
Early Morning Rain
Gordon Lightfoot (1966)
Play with original in this key.
Englishman In New York
Sting (1987)
Capo on 2nd fret.
Every Breath You Take
The Police (Sting, 1983)
Try capo on 1st fret to play with original. It's close but still a bit 'pitchy'.
Farewell To Nova Scotia
As collected by Helen Creighton (published 1950)
Play along with Gordon Lightfoot's version in this key.
Fast Car
Tracy Chapman (1988)
Use capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
For What It's Worth
Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills, 1967)
Play with original in this key.
Free Fallin'
Tom Petty (with Jeff Lynne, 1989)
Capo on 5th fret to play with original.
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen (1984)
Play along with the live video in the key of C.
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
CCR (John Fogerty, 1970)
Play along with original in this key (C).
Heroes
David Bowie (w/Brian Eno, 1977)
Play along in this key.
Hey! Baby
Bruce Channel (Cobb & Channel, (1961)
This is in C but the original key is A. Your capo won't really help you here, unless you're willing to put it on the 9th fret. Have a listen, then give it a shot int he new key.
Hey Ya
OutKast/WIUO (André 3000, 2003)
Play along in this key with the WIUO version. The form isn't exactly the same at the end.
Ho Hey
The Lumineers (2012)
Play along in this key.
Hold On Forever
Rob Thomas (2015)
Capo on 4th fret to play with orginal.
House Of Gold
21 Pilots (Tyler Josheph, 2013)
Play along in this key.
House Of The Rising Sun
Traditional Folk Song
Good tune for learning fingerpicking. Easy 6/8 (or 3/4) pattern. Though this version doesn't track directly with the Animals' famous rendition, you can still play along with it in this key.
I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You
Tom Waits (1973)
Play along with original in this key. Good fingerpicking song with plenty of suspended chord decoration opportunities (not in chart).
Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley (Lieber & Stoller, 1957)
For the F# to G strums, only play the high three strings. This allows you to simply move a G chord shape from the first fret to the second fret. Original key is Eb - but this one is set in G to be easier. Would need to place a capo on 8th fret to play with original with these chords. Obviously not ideal. See if you can just learn it by playing it on your own without the video.
Jamaica Farewell
Harry Belafonte (Irving Burgie, 1957)
Lovely, singable tune to introduce upbeat 'Calypso' Strum. Can also be done nicely in fingerpicking. Capo on 2nd fret to play with original in G.
Je vole
Louane (Michel Sardou, 1978)
Capo sur 3ième frette pour jouer avec Louane.
Landslide
Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks, 1975)
Capo on 3rd fret to play with original Fleetwood Mac version. Dixie Chicks do it in key of G.
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
Katy Perry (Perry/Gottwald/Martin/McKee, 2011)
Capo on 4th fret.
Leaving On A Jet Plane
John Denver (1966)
Play along with John Denver's version in this key.
Le coeur est un oiseau
Richard Desjardins
Joue avec l'original dans cette tonalité.
Lemon Tree
Fool's Garden (1995)
Original Key is F minor. (4 semitones lower than this chart)
Le P'tit Bonheur
Félix Leclerc (1948)
Les accords sont dans la tonalité de l'enregistrement.
Let It Snow
Sammy Cahn & Julie Styne (1945)
Capo on 2nd fret to play along with this video.
Like A Cloak
Joey Ryan (w/Kenneth Pattengale, 2009)
Play along with original in this key.
Lili Marlene
Vera Lynn (Leip & Schultze, Phillips & Connor, 1937)
Play with Vera Lynn in this key.
L-O-V-E
Nat King Cole (Bert Kaempfert & Milt Gabler, 1965)
Play along with the video until the solo. The key then changes twice by 1 semitone (capo 1st fret, then 2nd).
Lucille
Kenny Rogers (Roger Bowling & Hal Bynum, 1977)
Capo on 1st fret for first half, then Capo on 3rd fret after key change.
Maybellene
Chuck Berry (with Fratto, Freed, 1955)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original recording.
Mele Kalikimaka
Bing Crosby (Robert Alex Anderson, 1949)
Capo sur 2ieme frette pour jouer avec l'original.
Meunier, Tu dors
Folklore
Midnight Special
Huddie LedBetter (Traditional)
Capo on 1st fret to play with LeadBelly (Huddie LedBetter)
Mille Après Mille
Fred Pellerin (Gérald Joly, 1969)
Capo sur le 1er frette pour jouer avec Fred Pellerin.
Milord
Edith Piaf (Monnot & Moustaki, 1959)
Une classique d'Édith Piaf.
Mon Joe
Paul Piché (avec Pierre Bertrand d'après folklore, 1977)
Original starts in this key, then moves up 1 semi-tone in second verse (try capo 1).
Moon Glow
Will Hudson, Eddie De Lange & Irving Mills (1933)
Fakebook style chart with melody in tablature notation. Play with Diana Krall's version in this key (G).
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da
The Beatles (McCartney, 1968)
Capo 3nd fret to play with original.
On The Road Again
Willie Nelson (1980)
Original in key of E but much easier to play and sing in C.
Partons La Mer Est Belle
Folklore
Voici la version que j'ai appris. C'est facile en strumming, mais super beau aussi en fingerpicking (6/8).
Perfect
Ed Sheeran (2017)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original. Nice 6/8 fingerpicking tune.
Petit Papa Noel
Tino Rossi (Raymond Vinci et Henri Martinet, 1946)
L'originale est en Si (demi-ton plus bas).
Please Come Home For Christmas
Eagles (Charles Brown & Gene Redd, 1960)
Capo on 2nd fret to play along with this video.
Proud Mary
CCR (John Fogerty, 1968)
Great for introducing the Chunk (X) strum. Also great chord 'riff'. Play with original in this key.
Ramblin' Man
The Allman Brothers Band (Dickey Betts, 1973)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original recording.
Rocket Man
Elton John (with Bernie Taupin, 1972)
Capo on 3rd fret to play with original.
Singin’ In The Rain
Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown (1929)
Great first song to learn. This simple version only needs two chords! To play with Gene Kelly video, place capo on 1st fret. Song starts at 1:07.
Singin' The Blues
Gail Davies (Melvin Endsley, 1956)
Play along with Gail Davies in this key. 4th fret capo with original.
Sister Golden Hair
America (Gerry Beckley, 1975)
Capo on 4th fret to play with original.
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding (Redding & Cropper, 1967)
Play with original in this key.
Smile
Charlie Chaplin, John Turner & Geoffrey Parsons (1936)
Tony Bennett does it in this key.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (IZ)
Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s Version (1990)
A ukulele standard. Essential strumming feel to learn. Play along in this key (C).
Song For A Winters Night
Gordon Lightfoot (1967)
Capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
Sound Of Silence
Paul Simon (1964)
Original key is semitone lower (Ebm) so a capo won't help for playing along. Thanks to Sharon and VUP (Vernon Ukulele Players) for this great chart.
Stay With Me
Sam Smith (Smith, Napier, Phillips & Petty, Lynne (2014)
Play along in this key.
Stuck In The Middle With You
Stealers Wheel (Joe Egan & Gerry Rafferty, 1972)
Play with original in this key.
Sunglasses At Night
Corey Hart (1984)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original.
Superman's Song
Crash Test Dummies (Brad Roberts, 1991)
Capo on 3rd fret to play with original. Nice fingerpicking tune to practice chord changes every 2 beats.
Sweet Home Chicago
Manitoba Hal (Robert Johnson, 1936)
Play along in this key.
Tainted Love
Soft Cell (Ed Cobb, 1964)
Original in key of G. This chart is in A.
Take Me Home, Country Roads
John Denver (Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver,1971)
Capo on 2 to play with original.
Teach Your Children
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Graham Nash, 1970)
Play along with video in this key.
Tears In Heaven
Eric Clapton (Eric Clapton and Will Jennings, 1991)
Play along in this key. Nice as a fingerpicking song.
Tennessee Waltz
Patti Page (Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, 1946)
Patti Page's version is in Key of F. This chart is in G.
That'll Be The Day
Buddy Holly (Holly & Allison, 1956)
Classic 50's tune. Use capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
Thats All Right Mama
Elvis Presley (Arthur Crudup ,1946)
Original is in the key of A. Technically, that's on Capo 9 if you can bear it.
The Gambler
Kenny Rogers (Don Schlitz, 1978)
Capo on 3rd fret to play with original. (Capo 2 after key change)
The Letter
The Box Tops (Wayne Carson, 1967
Capo on 5 to play use this chart with the original. I changed the key to Em from it's original Am for my voice.
There's Nothing Holding Me Back
Shawn Mendes
Three Little Birds
Bob Marley (1975)
Play with original in this key.
Time After Time
Cyndi Lauper (1983)
Play along with original in this key.
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Al Dubin (Lyrics), Joe Burke (Music) (1929)
This video has it in the key of F. Place capo on 5th fret to play with video. There is also an intro verse which I have ommitted. Sue has it on the BUG site if you're interested. Oh, and no, I didn't post the Tiny Tim video... and I won't.
Tonight You Belong To Me
Billy Rose (Lyrics) & David Lee (Music) (1926)
A classic for the uke since Steve Martin played his uke to Bernadette Peters on the beach for the move 'The Jerk'. That's the video version here. To play along with the video, you would need to tune your uke a semitone down.
True Colors
Cindy Lauper (Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly, 1986)
Play with original in this key.
Twistin' The Night Away
Sam Cooke (1962)
Play along in this key.
Twistin' The Night Away
Sam Cooke (1962)
Original in A. This chart is in G.
Ukulele Lady
Vaughn De Leath (Richard Whiting & Gus Kahn, 1925)
Video in key of A. This chart is in key of F.
Under A Stormy Sky
Daniel Lanois (1989)
Play along in this key.
Victoria
The Kinks (Ray Davies, 1969)
Play along in this key.
Viva La Vida
Coldplay (2008)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original.
V'la L’bon Vent
Traditionel
Wagon Wheel
Old Crow Medicine Show (Ketch Secor & Bob Dylan, 1973 & 2001)
Interesting back story to the writing of the song worth looking up. You'll need a capo on 2 to play along with Old Crow Medicine Show's version.
Waiting For A Train
Jimmie Rodgers (1928)
Jorma Kaukaunen's version is in this key (G).
Walking After Midnight
Patsy Cline (Alan Block and Donn Hecht, 1957)
Play along in this key.
Walking On Sunshine - Cheerleader Mashup
Katrina and the Waves (Kimberley Rew, 1983); Omi (2008)
These two songs have essentially the same chord progression so we've done a bit of a mashup of the two. Enjoy!
We Are Going To Be Friends
White Stripes (2002)
Play with original in this key.
We'll Meet Again
Vera Lynn (Ross Parker & Hughie Charles, 1939)
Werewolves of London
Warren Zevon (LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon, 1978)
Includes riff. Play along with original in this key.
Whale Of A Tale
Danny Michel (1999)
What A Day For A Daydream
Lovin’ Spoonful (John Sebastian, 1966)
Fun rhythm here. In orginal key.
What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong (Thiele & Weiss, 1967)
Simple setting of the tune in C. Original is in the key of F. This arrangement focuses on accessible chords, great for a jam setting.
What's Up
4 Non Blondes (1992)
Two bar strumming pattern. Capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
Wheat Kings
The Tragically Hip (1992)
In original key.
When I'm Cleaning Windows
George Formby (Fred Cliff, Harry Gifford & George Formby, 1936)
Original is in the key of Ab.
When I Close My Eyes
Joel Plaskett (2015)
Original in key of A. Too high for my voice so I've redone it in C.
White Cliffs of Dover
Vera Lynn (Walter Kent and Nat Burton, 1941)
Who'll Stop The Rain
Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fogerty, 1970)
Play along with original in this key.
Wicked Game
Chris Isaak (1989)
Capo on 2nd fret to learn with orginal recording.
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
The Shirelles (Gerry Goffin and Carole King, 1960)
In original key.
Witchcraft
Frank Sinatra (Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh, 1957)
Play with original in this key.
With Or Without You
U2 (1987)
In key of original.
Wonderwall
Oasis (Noel Gallagher, 1995)
Capo 2nd fret to play with original.
Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Gordon Lightfoot (1976)
6/8 strumming which is nice. Make sure there's time at the jam, it's a long one.
Yellow Bird
Michel Mauléart Monton (19th Century Haitian Song)
We'll learn the tune using Chris Isaac's version from the '90s. Play along in this key.
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Lee Morse (Walter Donaldson & Gus Khan, 1925)
A classic for the uke. Very accessible.
You And I
Ingrid Michaelson (2006)
Nice version mildly unusual Swiss Army Strum. Play with original in this key.
You Are My Sunshine
Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell (1939)
Good beginner song.
You Can't Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd
Roger Miller (1965)
Silly song. In original key.
You Needed Me
Anne Murray (Randy Goodrum, 1978)
Capo on 2 to play with the video.
Your Cheatin' Heart
Hank Williams (1952)
Good beginner tune.
You Shook Me All Night Long
ACDC (1980)
Play along in this key.
You've Got A Friend In Me
Randy Newman (1995)
Capo on 3rd fret to play with original.
Zombie
The Cranberries (1994)
Two bar strumming pattern. Accessible chords in the original key.