Arctic Monkeys – Despair In The Departure Lounge

Arctic Monkeys – Despair In The Departure Lounge (Chords)

John Culshaw thinks Yorkshire and Lancastrian accents sound the same? Poncy Southern get. But full marks to him for noticing that Arctic Monkeys are the true heirs to the Formby throne and seeing that their songs are perfect for the uke.

Suggested Strumming

For the main strum you can use Strum #6 from the Strum Bible:

d – d u – u d u

Do that twice for every chord except in the bridge. There you can do it once for each chord until the last line where you do one down-strum per chord.

Twiddley Bits


The intro to Despair In The Departure Lounge is easier to play on the uke than on the guitar. Not only that, but the short piano solo in the middle of the song fits perfectly too. I’ve included just the piano notes in the chord sheet. But you can also combine it with the chords like this:



Buy it on iTunes
Fluorescent Adolescent chords
AM Medley tab

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  1. Ashley February 12th, 2009 2:57 pm

    thanks you…i love you..

  2. Sean March 8th, 2010 5:28 pm

    Great stuff now do more stuff by Arctic Monkeys :)

  3. smallpeice March 20th, 2010 11:06 am

    mardy bum! ive been looking everywhere for the chords but nowhere has them please put some on here on on youtube!

  4. Maygun August 5th, 2010 8:28 am

    agreed. love mardy bum, play it guitar but would love the uke tabs! or anything more from the great AM.

  5. vvn December 20th, 2010 1:30 am

    I always need help with strumming… any help?

  6. AmyRoseStallard April 16th, 2011 6:10 pm

    And things like that, the Kooks, maybe? :)

  7. Althea September 8th, 2011 10:24 pm

    I agree more Arctic Monkeys, you’ve got a lot of great tabs on here regardless. (:

  8. Alex September 10th, 2011 1:24 am

    Definitely more Arctic Monkeys! PLEEASEEEE

  9. lauren November 5th, 2011 7:24 pm

    PLEASE DO MORE ARCTIC MONKEYS! Fluorescent Adolescent!

  10. Monica January 7th, 2012 7:25 pm

    Please do more Arctic Monkeys! :)

  11. Woodshed January 7th, 2012 10:04 pm

    Monica: I might if they start putting out good records again.

  12. Monica January 8th, 2012 5:28 pm

    Aw come on man! Suck It And See had some gems in there. Humbug was brilliant too.

  13. Woodshed January 9th, 2012 11:51 am

    Monica: No, none of that really grabbed me like the early stuff did.

  14. Lone September 1st, 2012 10:41 am

    What’s the strummig pattern?

  15. Connor November 6th, 2012 1:04 am

    the new stuff might not be very good, I agree, but I beg you please put up more of their early stuff- mardy bum, old yellow bricks, riot van, stickin to the floor, fluorescent adolescent, when the sun goes down, 505, etc.
    I literally played this song over and over for an entire night when I found it. it made me so happy.
    please, put more AM up!!!

  16. Carla December 24th, 2012 2:23 pm

    Could you pleaaaaase do Flourescent Adolescent? Pretty please?

  17. Duggie January 14th, 2013 7:19 pm

    Nice work! I love this website. Very well designed. But I would really like to see more Arctic Monkeys, Rolling Stones and The Who. Thanks so much.

  18. Woodshed January 15th, 2013 7:09 am

    Duggie: Thanks. Every chance I’ll do one of those in future.

  19. lou May 10th, 2014 1:45 pm

    please someone help on the strumming pattern

  20. Allison August 8th, 2014 10:11 pm

    @lou the strumming pattern is quarter eighth quarter eighth eighth eighth which is the same rhythm the chords are played in the intro!

  21. Jonny September 25th, 2014 4:48 pm

    You said you’d do some more Arctic Monkeys when they started putting out good records again. New album is awesome! Any chance of one off that?

  22. Woodshed September 25th, 2014 6:47 pm

    Johnny: That is true. I did do Flourescent Adolescent a little while back. But I should do something from the new album too.

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