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Singin’ In The Rain Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown (1929)
Cotton Fields Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter, 1940)
On The Road Again Willie Nelson (1980)
Jamaica Farewell Harry Belafonte (Irving Burgie, 1957)
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding (Redding & Cropper, 1967)
Sound Of Silence Paul Simon (1964)
House Of The Rising Sun Traditional Folk Song
Ain't She Sweet (Milton Ager & Jack Yellen, 1927)
Have You Ever Seen The Rain CCR (John Fogerty, 1970)
Proud Mary CCR (John Fogerty, 1968)
Somewhere Over The Rainbow (IZ) Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s Version (1990)



Singin' In The Rain
Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown (1929)


4/4 | d - D - d - D - |
      1   2   3   4

I'm | [F] singin' in the | rain,
just | [F] singin' in the | rain
What a | [F] glorious | feeling,
I'm | [C7] happy a- | gain
I'm | [C7] laughin' at | clouds,
so | [C7] dark up a- | bove
The | [C7] sun's in my | heart,
and I'm | [F] ready for | [F] love

Let the | [F] stormy clouds | chase,
every- | [F] one from the | place
Come | [F] on with the | rain,
I've a | [C7] smile on my | face
I'll | [C7] walk down the | lane,
with a | [C7] happy re- | frain
Just | [C7] singin', just | singin'
in the | [F] rain


#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.
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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Cotton Fields
Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter, 1940)



Try with 'Carter' Picking (Alternating Thumb)
4/4 | T3 - D -  T4 - D - |   or   4/4 | T3 - D u  T4 - D u |
      1    2    3    4                  1    2    3    4


Intro
| [A]   |   [E7]   |   [A]   |   [A]
When   |   [A]  I was a little bitty   |   baby my Mama would  
| [D]  rock me in my   |   [A] cradle
In them   |   [A]  old...   |   cotton fields back   |   [E7]  home   |   [E7]
When   |   [A]  I was a little bitty   |   baby my Mama would  
| [D]  rock me in my   |   [A] cradle
In them   |   [A] old...   |   [E7]  cotton fields back   |   [A]  home   |   [A]

Chorus
Now when them   |   [D]  cotton bolls get   |   rotten
You can't   |   [A]  pick very much   |   cotton
In them   |   [A] old...   |   cotton fields back   |   [E7] home   |   [E7]
It was   | [A] down in Louisi- | ana
Just about a   |   [D] mile from Texar- | [A] kana
In them   |   [A] old...   |   [E7]  cotton fields back   |   [A]  home   |   [A]

It was   |   [A] over in Arkan- | sas the people asked  
|   [D]  me what I come here   |   [A]  for
In them   |   [A]  old...   |   cotton fields back   |   [E7]  home   |   [E7]
It was   |   [A] over in Arkan- | sas the people asked  
|   [D]  me what I come here   |   [A]  for
In them   |   [A] old...   |   [E7]  cotton fields back   |   [A]  home   |   [A]

Chorus
Now when them   |   [D]  cotton bolls get   |   rotten
You can't   |   [A]  pick very much   |   cotton
In them   |   [A] old...   |   cotton fields back   |   [E7] home   |   [E7]
It was   | [A] down in Louisi- | ana
Just about a   |   [D] mile from Texar- | [A] kana
In them   |   [A] old...   |   [E7]  cotton fields back   |   [A]  home   |   [A]

It   |   [A] may  sound a little bit   |   funny,  but you
| [D]  can't make too much   |   [A]  money
In them   |   [A] old...   |   cotton fields back   |   [E7] home   |   [E7]
It   |   [A] may sound a little bit   |   funny,  but you
| [D]  can't make too much   |   [A]  money
In them   |   [A] old...   |   [E7]  cotton fields back   |   [A]  home   |   [A]

Chorus
Now when them   |   [D]  cotton bolls get   |   rotten
You can't   |   [A]  pick very much   |   cotton
In them   |   [A] old...   |   cotton fields back   |   [E7] home   |   [E7]
It was   | [A] down in Louisi- | ana
Just about a   |   [D] mile from Texar- | [A] kana
In them   |   [A] old...   |   [E7]  cotton fields back   |   [A]  home   |   [A]


#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'
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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On The Road Again
Willie Nelson (1980)


Try with 'Carter' Picking (Alternating Thumb)
4/4 | T3 - D -  T4 - D - |   or   4/4 | T3 - D u  T4 - D u |
      1    2    3    4                  1    2    3    4

On the | [C] road again     | [C]   | [C]
Just can't | [C] wait to get on the | [E7] road again    
| [E7] The life I | [E7] love is making | [Dm] music with my | friends  
And | [F] I can't wait to get | [G7] on the road a- | [C] gain     | [C]

On the | [C] road again   | [C]   | [C]
Goin' | [C] places that I've | [E7] never been | [E7]
Seein' | [E7] things that I may | [Dm] never see a- | gain
And | [F] I can't wait to get | [G7] on the road a- | [C] gain   | [C]

Chorus
On the | [F] road again   | [F]
Like a | [F] band of gypsies | we go down the | [C] highway   | [C]
We're the | [F] best of friends   | [F]
In- | [F] sisting that the | world keep turning | [C] our way   | [C]  
and | [G7] our way | [G7↓]

On the | [C] road again     | [C]   | [C]
Just can't | [C] wait to get on the | [E7] road again    
| [E7] The life I | [E7] love is making | [Dm] music with my | friends  
And | [F] I can't wait to get | [G7] on the road a- | [C] gain   | [C]

Instrumental Verse x2 (optional)

Chorus
On the | [F] road again   | [F]
Like a | [F] band of gypsies | we go down the | [C] highway   | [C]
We're the | [F] best of friends   | [F]
In- | [F] sisting that the | world keep turning | [C] our way   | [C]  
and | [G7] our way | [G7↓]

On the | [C] road again     | [C]   | [C]  
Just can't | [C] wait to get on the | [E7] road again     | [E7]
The life I | [E7] love is making | [Dm] music with my friends   | [Dm]
And | [F] I can't wait to get | [G7] on the road a- | [C] gain     | [C]
And | [F] I can't wait to get | [G7] on the road a- | [C] gain     | [C]
| [F]   | [G] | [C]   | [C↓]


#Original in key of E but much easier to play and sing in C.
#Try using an alternating thumb picking pattern: 'Carter Picking'
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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Jamaica Farewell
Harry Belafonte (Irving Burgie, 1957)


Calypso Feel
4/4 | d - D u - u - u |
      1   2 &   &   &

[C] Down the way where the [F] nights are gay
And the [G7] sun shines daily on the [C] mountain top
[C] I took a trip on a [F] sailing ship
And when I [G7] reached Jamaica I [C] made a stop

Chorus
But I'm [C] sad to say, I'm [Dm] on my way
[G7] Won't be back for [C] many a day
My [C] heart is down my head is [Dm] turning around
I had to [G7] leave a little girl in [C] Kingston town [C]

[C] Down at the market [F] you can hear
Ladies [G7] cry out while on their [C] heads they bear
[C] Akee rice salt [F] fish are nice
And the [G7] rum is fine any [C] time of year

Chorus
But I'm [C] sad to say, I'm [Dm] on my way
[G7] Won't be back for [C] many a day
My [C] heart is down my head is [Dm] turning around
I had to [G7] leave a little girl in [C] Kingston town [C]

[C] Sounds of laughter [F] everywhere
And the [G7] dancing girls swaying [C] to and fro
[C] I must declare my [F] heart is there
Though I've [G7] been from Maine to [C] Mexico

Chorus
But I'm [C] sad to say, I'm [Dm] on my way
[G7] Won't be back for [C] many a day
My [C] heart is down my head is [Dm] turning around
I had to [G7] leave a little girl in [C] Kingston town [C]

[C] Down the way where the [F] nights are gay
And the [G7] sun shines daily on the [C] mountain top
[C] I took a trip on a [F] sailing ship
And when I [G7] reached Jamaica I [C] made a stop


#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.
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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Sitting On the Dock of the Bay
Otis Redding (Redding & Cropper, 1967)


4/4 | d - X u - u d u |

| [G] Sittin' in the mornin' | [B7] sun
I'll be | [C] sittin' when the evenin' | [A] come
| [G] Watching the ships roll | [B7] in
And then I | [C] watch 'em roll away | [A] again

I'm | [G] sittin' on the dock of the | [Em] bay
Watching the | [G] tide roll | [Em] away
Ooo, I'm just | [G] sittin' on the dock of the | [A] bay
Wastin' | [G] ti---- | [Em] ime

I | [G] left my home in | [B7] Georgia
| [C] Headed for the 'Frisco | [A] bay
'Cause | [G] I've had nothing to | [B7] live for
And look like | [C] nothin's gonna come my | [A] way

I'm | [G] sittin' on the dock of the | [Em] bay
Watching the | [G] tide roll | [Em] away
Ooo, I'm just | [G] sittin' on the dock of the | [A] bay
Wastin' | [G] ti---- | [Em] ime

| [G] Looks | [D] like | [C] nothing's gonna change
| [G] Every- | [D] -thing | [C] still remains the same
| [G] I | [D] can't do what | [C] ten people tell me to do
| [F] So I guess I'll | [D] remain the same, yes

| [G] Sittin' here resting my | [B7] bones
And this | [C] loneliness won't leave me | [A] alone
It's | [G] two thousand miles I | [B7] roamed
| [C] Just to make this dock my | [A] home

I'm | [G] sittin' on the dock of the | [Em] bay
Watching the | [G] tide roll | [Em] away
Ooo, I'm just | [G] sittin' on the dock of the | [A] bay
Wastin' | [G] ti---- | [Em] ime

Instrumental (Whistle)
| [G] | [G] | [G] | [E7] |
| [G] | [G] | [G] | [E7] | [G↓]


#Play along in this key
#Last Updated 9/7/26 JJ
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Sound Of Silence
Paul Simon (1964)


2/4 | d u D u |


Intro Fingerpicking Pattern over this Em9 chord

A-----2-----2--|-----2-----2--|
E--------2-----|--------2-----|
C--4-----------|--4-----------|
G--------------|--------------|
   1  &  2  &     1  &  2  &

[Em] Hello darkness, my old [D] friend
I've come to talk with you a- [Em] gain
Because a vision soft- [C] ly creep- [G] in
Left its seeds while I wa- [C] as sleep- [G] ing
And the [C] vision that was [C] planted in my [G] brain
Still re- [Em] mains
[G] Within the [D] sound of [Em] silence [Em↓]

In restless dreams I walked a- [D] lone
Narrow streets of cobble- [Em] stone
'Neath the halo of a [C] street- [G] lamp
I turned my collar to the [C] cold and [G] damp
When my [C] eyes were stabbed by the [C] flash of a neon [G] light
That split the [Em] night
[G] And touched the [D] sound
of [Em] silence

[Em] And in the naked light I [D] saw
Ten thousand people, maybe [Em] more
People talking with- [C] out speak- [G] ing
People hearing with- [C] out listen- [G] ing
People writing [C] songs that [C] voices
never [G] share
And no one [Em] dare
[G] Disturb the [D] sound of [Em] silence

[Em] “Fools” said I, “You do not [D] know
Silence like a cancer [Em] grows
Hear my words that I might [C] teach [G] you
Take my arms that I might [C] reach [G] you”
But my [C] words like [C] silent raindrops [G] fell [Em]
And [G] echoed in the [D] wells of [Em] silence

[Em] And the people bowed and [D] prayed
To the neon God they [Em] made
And the sign flashed out [C] its warn- [G] ing
In the words that it wa- [C] as form- [G] ing
And the sign said “The [C] words of the prophets
Are [C] written on the subway [G] walls
And tenement [Em] halls
And [G] whispered in the [D↓] sounds
of [Intro FP] [Em] silence [Em]

A-----2-----2--|-----2-----2--|
E--------2-----|--------2-----|
C--4-----------|--4-----------|
G--------------|--------------|
   1  &  2  &     1  &  2  &



#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.
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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House Of The Rising Sun
Traditional Folk Song


6/8 Fingerpicking Pattern
A|----------R-------|
E|-------M-----M----|
C|----I-----------I-|
G|-T----------------|
   1  &  2  &  3  &

Intro
| [Am]   | [C]   | [D]   | [F]  
| [Am]   | [E7]   | [Am]   | [E7]

There [Am] is a [C] house in [D] New Orleans [F]
They [Am] call the [C] Rising [E7] Sun [E7]
And it's [Am] been the [C] ruin of [D] many a poor [F] boy
And [Am] God I [E7] know I'm [Am] one [E7]

My [Am] mother [C] was a [D] tailor [F]
She [Am] sewed my [C] new blue [E7] jeans [E7]
My [Am] father [C] was a [D] gamblin' [F] man
[Am] Down in [E7] New Or- [Am] leans [E7]

Now the [Am] only [C] thing a [D] gambler [F] needs
Is a [Am] suitcase [C] and a [E7] trunk [E7]
And the [Am] only [C] time [D] he's satis- [F] fied
Is [Am] when he's [E7] on a [Am] drunk [E7]

He [Am] fills his [C] glasses up [D] to the [F] brim
And [Am] pushes those [C] cards a- [E7] round [E7]
The [Am] only [C] pleasure he [D] gets out of [F] life
Is [Am] rambling from [E7] town to [Am] town [E7]

Now [Am] tell my [C] baby [D] sister [F]
Not to [Am] do what [C] I have [E7] done [E7]
But [Am] shun that [C] house in [D] New Orleans [F]
They [Am] call the [E7] Rising [Am] Sun [E7]

Oh [Am] mother [C] tell your [D] children [F]
Not to [Am] do what [C] I have [E7] done [E7]
[Am] Spend your [C] lives in [D] sin and miser- [F] y
In the [Am] House of the [E7] Rising [Am] Sun [E7]

Well, I got [Am] one foot [C] on the [D] platform [F]
The [Am] other foot [C] on the [E7] train [E7]
I'm [Am] goin' [C] back to [D] New Orleans [F]
To [Am] wear that [E7] ball and [Am] chain [E7]

Well, there [Am] is a [C] house in [D] New Orleans [F]
They [Am] call the [C] Rising [E7] Sun [E7]
And it's [Am] been the [C] ruin of [D] many a poor [F] boy
And [Am] God I [E7] know I'm [Am] one [C] | [D] | [F]
| [Am] | [E7] | [Am] | [Am↓]


#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.
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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Ain't She Sweet
(Milton Ager & Jack Yellen, 1927)


[C] Ain't [C#dim7] she   [G7] sweet
see her [C] walkin [C#dim7] down the [G7] street
well I [C] ask you [E7] very [A7] confidentially
[D7] Ain't [G7] she [C] sweet

[C] Ain't [C#dim7] she   [G7] nice
well look her [C] over [C#dim7] once or [G7] twice
and I [C] ask you [E7] very [A7] confidentially
[D7] Ain't [G7] she [C] nice

Just cast an [F7] eye
in her di- [C] rection
oh me oh [F7] my
ain't that per- [C] fection  [Dm]  [G7]

[C] I [C#dim7] re- [G7] peat
well don't you [C] think that's [C#dim7] kind of [G7] neat
and I [C] ask you [E7] very [A7] confidentially
[D7] Ain't [G7] she [C] sweet

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Have You Ever Seen The Rain
CCR (John Fogerty, 1970)


4/4 | d u D u d u D u |
      1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

| [C] Someone told me | long ago
| [C] There's a calm be- | fore the storm
I | [G7]  know | it's been coming | [C] for some time   | [C]
| [C] When it's over | so they say   | [C]
| [C]  It'll rain on a | sunny day
I | [G7] know   | shining down like   | [C] water   | [C]

Chorus
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] Coming | [G7]  down on a sunny | [C] day   | [C]

| [C] Yesterday and | days before
| [C] Sun is cold and | rain is hard
I | [G7] know...  it's | been that way for | [C] all my time | [C]
| [C] Till forever | on it goes
| [C] Through the circle | fast and slow
I | [G7] know...  and | it can't stop I | [C] wonder   | [C]

Chorus
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] Coming | [G7]  down on a sunny | [C] day   | [C]

Chorus
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] I wanna | [G7] know have you | [C] ever seen the | [Am]  rain
| [F] Coming | [G7]  down on a sunny | [C] day   | [C]


#Play along with original in this key (C).
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Proud Mary
CCR (John Fogerty, 1968)


4/4 | D u X u D u X u |   X = Chunk
      1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &


Riff:
  C     A           C     A  
| D U D U - U D - | D U D U - U D - |
  C     A   G   F               D     Reg. Strum
| D U D U - U - U | - U D U D U D - | D u X u D u X u

[D] Left a good job in the city,
[D] Workin' for the man ev'ry night and day
[D] And I never lost one minute of sleepin'
[D] Worryin' 'bout the way things might have been

Chorus
[A7] Big wheel keep on turnin'
[Bm] Proud Mary keep on burnin'
[D] Rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river

[D] Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis
[D] Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans
[D] But I never saw the good side of the city
[D] 'Til I hitched a ride on a river boat queen

Chorus
[A7] Big wheel keep on turnin'
[Bm] Proud Mary keep on burnin'
[D] Rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river
[D] Rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river
[D] Rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river

Riff:
  C     A           C     A  
| D U D U - U D - | D U D U - U D - |
  C     A   G   F               D     Reg. Strum
| D U D U - U - U | - U D U D U D - | D u X u D u X u

[D] If you come down to the river
[D] Bet you gonna find some people who live
[D] You don't have to worry 'cause you have no money
[D] People on the river are happy to give

Chorus
[A7] Big wheel keep on turnin'
[Bm] Proud Mary keep on burnin'
[D] Rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river
[D] Rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river
[D] Rollin' rollin' rollin' on the river

Riff:
  C     A           C     A  
| D U D U - U D - | D U D U - U D - |
  C     A   G   F               D     Reg. Strum
| D U D U - U - U | - U D U D U D - | D u X u D u X u



#Great for introducing the Chunk (X) strum. Also great chord 'riff'.
#Play with original in this key.
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow (IZ)
Israel Kamakawiwo`ole's Version (1990)


    Strong 2 & 4 Accents
4/4  | d - D u - u D u |
       1   2 &   & 4 &

Intro
| [C]   | [Em]   | [Am]   | [F]   |
| [C]   | [Em]   | [Am]   | [Am7]   | [F]   | [F]

| [C]  Ooh...   | [C]   | [Em]   | [Em]   | [F]   | [F]   | [C]   | [C]   |
| [F]  Ooh...     | [F]   | [E7]   | [E7]   | [Am]   | [Am]   | [F]   | [F]   |

| [C]  Some- | where   |   [Em] over the   |   rainbow   |   [F] ... | way up   |   [C] high   |   [C]
| [F]  And   |   the   |   [C]  dreams that you   |   dream of
| [G]  Once in a   |   lulla- | [Am] by   |   [Am]   |   [F]   |   [F]   |

| [C]  Some- | where   |   [Em] over the   |   rainbow   |   [F] ... |   blue birds   |   [C] fly   |   [C]
| [F]  And   |   the   |   [C]  dreams that you   |   dream of
| [G]  Dreams really   |   do come   |   [Am] true   |   [Am]   |   [F]   |   [F]

Some- | [C] day I'll wish u- | pon a star
And   | [G]  wake up where the   |   clouds are far be- | [Am] hind   |   [Am] me   |   [F]   |   [F]
Where   |   [C] trouble melts like   |   lemon drops   |
| [G]  High above the   | chimney tops that's   |   [Am]  where   | [Am]  you'll   |   [F] find   | [F] me   |

| [C]  Some- | where   |   [Em] over the   |   rainbow   |   [F] ... |   blue birds   |   [C] fly   |   [C]
| [F]  And   |   the   |   [C]  dreams that you   |   dream of
| [G]  Why... oh   |   why...  can't   |   [Am] I   |   [Am] I   |   [F]   |   [F]

| [C]  Ooh...   | [C]   | [Em]   | [Em]   | [F]   | [F]   | [C]   | [C]   |
| [F]  Ooh...     | [F]   | [E7]   | [E7]   | [Am]   | [Am]   | [F]   | [F]   |   [C↓]


#A ukulele standard. Essential strumming feel to learn. Play along in this key (C).
#Last Updated 1/5/18 JJ
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