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 for his song suggestions and invaluable help with making the functionality of this webpage possible.

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Song Title
Files, etc.
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 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.
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.
Birth of the Blues
Henderson, da Sylva, Brown (1926)
Capo on 1st fret to play along with Randy Travis' version.
I'll See You In My Dreams
Joe Brown (Isham Jones, 1924)
Limehouse Blues
Douglas Furber & Philip Braham (1921)
Basic Chord Progression in this key for Django's version.
Mack The Knife
Bobby Darin (Weill & Brecht, 1928)
Original in key of B. This chart is in key of C.
My Man (Mon Homme)
Regina Spektor (Maurice Yvain, 1920)
Play along with Regina Spektor with capo on 1st fret.
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Eric Clapton (1992) Bessie Smith (1929) (Written by Jimmie Cox, 1923)
Play along with either Eric Clapton or Bessie Smith in this key.
Puttin' On The Ritz
Taco (Irving Berlin, 1927)
Play along in this key with the Taco version.
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.

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.
Tiptoe Through The Tulips (Fuller Arrangement)
Al Dubin & Joe Burke (1929)
Tiptoe Through The Tulips (Simple)
Tiny Tim (Al Dubin & Joe Burke (1929)
Capo on 4th fret to play with Tiny Tim.
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.
Ukulele Lady
Vaughn De Leath (Richard Whiting & Gus Kahn, 1925)
Video in key of A. This chart is in key of F.
Waiting For A Train
Jimmie Rodgers (1928)
Jorma Kaukaunen's version is in this key (G).
When You're Smiling
Louis Armstrong (Shay, Fisher, Goodwin, 1928)
Capo on 1st fret to play with Louis Armstrong.
Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Lee Morse (Walter Donaldson & Gus Khan, 1925)
A classic for the uke. Very accessible.