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.
50's Shuffle Medley
Various Artists from the 1950's
All Shook Up
Elvis Presley (Otis Blackwell, 1957)
Capo on 1 to play with recording.
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.
Attends-moi ti-gars
Félix Leclerc (1957)
Enregistrement original 2 demi-tons plus bas.
A White Sport Coat
Marty Robbins (1957)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original. 2nd fret after key change.
Blue Suede Shoes
Elvis Presley (Carl Perkins, 1955)
Play with Elvis in this key. Nice rhythm challenge in this tune.
Bye Bye Love
The Everly Brothers (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, 1957)
Capo on 2 to play with original.
Can't Help Falling In Love
Twenty-One Pilots (2012) (Peretti, Creatore, Weiss, 1961)
Play along with Twenty One Pilots in this key.
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.
Copper Kettle
Joan Baez (Albert Frank Bedoe, 1953)
Capo on 3rd fret to play with Joan Baez' version.
Dream Lover
Bobby Darin (1959)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original.
Buddy Holly (with Norman Petty, 1957)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original.
Farewell To Nova Scotia
As collected by Helen Creighton (published 1950)
Play along with Gordon Lightfoot's version in this key.
Five Feet High and Rising
Johnny Cash (1959)
Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Sinatra (Bart Howard, 1954)
Play along with Frank Sinatra in this key.
Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash (with Gordon Jenkins, 1955)
Play along with original in this key.
Freight Train
Elizbeth Cotton (first recorded 1956)
High Hopes
Frank Sinatra (James Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn, 1959)
Capo on 3rd fret to play with original.
Hound Dog
Elvis Presley (Leiber & Stoller, 1952)
Play along with Elvis in this key.
I Still Miss Someone
Johnny Cash & Roy Cash Jr. (1958)
Capo on 1st fret to play with Johnny Cash. Capo on 3rd fret to play with EmmyLou Harris. The order of sections is a bit different in each version. This one tracks with Johnny Cash'.
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.
Log Drivers Waltz
Wade Hemsworth (1955)
Capo on 2nd fret to play with NFB film.
Long Black Veil
Lefty Frizzel (Wilken/Dill, 1959)
This chart in key of C. Lefty plays it in key of E.
Chuck Berry (with Fratto, Freed, 1955)
Capo on 1st fret to play with original recording.
Edith Piaf (Monnot & Moustaki, 1959)
Une classique d'Édith Piaf.
Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
Tom Lehrer (1959)
Play along with original in this key. A comic song from the '50s.
Que Sera Sera
Doris Day (Jay Livingston/Ray Evans, 1956)
Capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
San Francisco Bay Blues
Eric Clapton (Jesse Fuller, 1955)
Clapton plays it in this key (C). The Jesse Fuller version is in Bb.
Singin' The Blues
Gail Davies (Melvin Endsley, 1956)
Play along with Gail Davies in this key. 4th fret capo with original.
Sous le ciel de Paris
Édith Piaf (Giraud & Dréjac, 1951)
La version de Yves Montand est dans la même tonalité que cet version.
Michael Bublé (Luis Demetrio & Norman Gimbel, 1953)
Play with video in this key.

That'll Be The Day
Buddy Holly (Holly & Allison, 1956)
Classic 50's tune. Use capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
Turn Turn Turn
Byrds (Pete Seeger, late '50s)
Capo on 2nd fret to play with the Byrds.
Walking After Midnight
Patsy Cline (Alan Block and Donn Hecht, 1957)
Play along in this key.
Frank Sinatra (Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh, 1957)
Play with original in this key.
Your Cheatin' Heart
Hank Williams (1952)
Good beginner tune.