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.
2 Chord Wheels On the Bus Medley
Here is a medley of well known children's songs using two simple chords.
Au Chant De L'alouette
Black Velvet Band
Traditional Irish
Play along in this key with the Dubliners.
Cocaine Blues
Townes Van Zandt (Trad. New Orleans)
Example of an 8 bar blues. Play along in this key.
Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)
Harry Dacre (1892)
Drunken Sailor
Traditional Sea Shanty
Capo on 2nd fret to play with Irish Rovers. This chart is simplified.
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) - Key of C
Daniel Alomia Robles (melody) Paul Simon (english words)
A perfect beginner song, especially in this key.
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) - Key of G
Daniel Alomia Robles (melody) Paul Simon (english words)
Play along with Paul Simon version 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'll Fly Away
Alfred Brumley (1929)
I'll Fly Away (Key D- O Brother Where Art Thou)
Alfred Brumley (1929)
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Keep On The Sunny Side
Carter Family (Ada Blenkhorn & Howard Entwisle, 1899)
Play along with video in this key. This video omits 2nd verse.
Man of Constant Sorrow
Soggy Bottom Boys (Traditional)
Original version from movie in key of C. This chart is in C.
Meunier, Tu dors
Midnight Special
Huddie LedBetter (Traditional)
Capo on 1st fret to play with LeadBelly (Huddie LedBetter)
Partons La Mer Est Belle
Voici la version que j'ai appris. C'est facile en strumming, mais super beau aussi en fingerpicking (6/8).
Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers (Traditional)
The tune is acapella, but if you wanted chords, you could use these.

Travailler c'est trop dur
Zachary Richard (d'après folklore cajun)
Original en Sol (G). Capo sur 7ième frette pour jouer avec original.
V'la L’bon Vent
Wild Rover
Traditional Irish
Play along in this key with the Dubliners.
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.