Amanda Palmer/Lady Carol/Julien/Radiohead – Creep


Amanda Palmer – Creep (Chords)

Having been mention three times on this blog in the last week, this song has officially reached the status of ‘zeitgeist’. Amanda Palmer’s version has caused a stir in blogville; Julien Dore won Nouvelle Star yesterday; and, friend of the blog and friend of the stars, Susan Tobacco pointed me in the direction of the above version by Lady Carol.

A couple of things worth pointing out in Palmer’s version. The first is the juicy Cmadd9 chord she plays at the end of the intro. The second is that she seems to be having trouble moving to the B chord. creepd.jpgOne way she might have solved this (other than that tiresome ‘practicing’ business) would be to play the song in D tuning using these chord shapes. You could also use these shapes in C tuning to make hollering Ruuuuuuuuuuuu-huh-huh-hun a little easier.

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  1. sean June 18th, 2007 3:23 am

    dont understand the chords you are showing

  2. Woodshed June 18th, 2007 8:04 am

    They’re standard ukulele chord chord diagrams. There’s a tutorial on how to read them here.

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  5. Dan August 27th, 2007 8:04 pm

    I hate when people clap/sing along. I did not pay to listen to you. Roar.

  6. Woodshed August 27th, 2007 11:24 pm

    I agree with you, Dan. I hate it most when the acts encourage it. ‘Clap along’ ‘Bugger off, I paid good money to hear you sing. I could have stayed at home and clapped.’

  7. biggon008 January 11th, 2008 2:49 am

    yo i really want a strum for this cuz i can play all the tabs i just need 2 know when 2 play them,,,,,

  8. Braden March 5th, 2008 8:34 am

    What is the strum pattern on this one? Is it D/D/U/U/D/U?

  9. Woodshed March 5th, 2008 9:09 pm

    Hi Braden. Lady Carol plays it the way you wrote it. I think Amanda Palmer plays it D/D/U/D/U/D/U/

    Go with whatever sounds right to you.

  10. Braden March 6th, 2008 7:47 pm

    Thanks, Woodshed!

  11. Woodshed March 6th, 2008 10:42 pm

    Glad to help, Braden.

  12. Andy June 17th, 2008 5:58 am

    can you post the chords in standard tuning?

  13. Woodshed June 17th, 2008 4:53 pm

    The chords in the pdf are in standard tuning. Click where it says, “Amanda Palmer – Creep (Chords)”.

  14. Abisay July 15th, 2008 3:47 pm

    Excellent version basica primitive! AMazing

  15. Jake & a uke September 24th, 2008 9:07 pm

    I need to learn the chords and not get distracterd… theres too many of ‘em

  16. flickrlovr November 13th, 2008 7:45 am

    Okay, maybe I’m missing something here, but Lady Carol’s version sounds terribly off-key and just, um, ICK. Sorry!

    Ingrid Michaelson’s rendition is a bajillion times better, if I do say so myself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAAvvr1yZhs.

    Thanks for the post! This is the first song I wanted to learn to play on my uke…

  17. Doug November 15th, 2008 1:59 am

    I wish everyone but the artist would stfu in that video.

  18. Ian November 20th, 2008 7:33 am

    on the subject of amanda palmer practicing, she’s said herself that this and umbrella are the only songs she knows on ukelele….

  19. Woodshed November 20th, 2008 10:52 pm

    Ian: She must have learned a couple more tunes since then.

  20. Sowhatnow December 6th, 2008 6:01 am

    I like the Lady Carol version but somehow the Ingrid Michaelson version is the best to me

  21. mzed February 15th, 2009 2:59 am

    Amanda Palmer’s Black Cab Sessions version is pretty clearly sounding in F; perhaps she’s tuned a step down? It also works in F with a GCEA tuning, but I have trouble with the Bbmin9 chord (Cmin9 is way easier.)

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  24. DJB November 20th, 2009 4:30 pm

    Ummm…great version. But please put the Radiohead credit on top where it should be. I don’t care. Do what’s right and put it up.

  25. Woodshed November 21st, 2009 11:37 am

    DJB: Don’t tell me what to do.

  26. ukunoob March 8th, 2010 5:47 pm

    AWESOME!!!!!! Just starting out and this makes feel like a GD pro!!! GO ME, It’s my birthday!

  27. Juanito April 22nd, 2010 7:14 am

    Thanks! This entire website is so awesome!

  28. Nate April 30th, 2010 2:52 pm

    Thanks for all of your hard work on these Woodshed. I just recorded my first YouTube video, and it was thanks to this blog post.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxMlWTKVxV8

  29. Jae May 14th, 2010 12:24 am

    If you’re using the chords that Al is showing up there, you can replace the Cmadd9 on the PDF to something that matches by putting your first finger on the 3rd and 2nd string of the first fret and putting your 3rd finger on the 4rth string at the third fret and your fourth finger on the 3rd fret as well but on the 1rst string.

    sorry if that was confusing.. :p

  30. Lesley May 16th, 2010 12:36 am

    Does anyone know the main strum pattern for this song that Amanda Palmer covers? Im a new uker and I cant figure it out!

  31. Jimmy July 4th, 2010 2:49 am

    I may just be an uber noob, but to me it sounds/looks like
    D/U/ChnK/D/U/ChnK for each chord

  32. Jimmy July 4th, 2010 2:57 am

    possibly one U in the very middle

  33. Fauster December 24th, 2010 5:50 pm

    I recently started playing uke but I have years of playing bass and I understand chord theory pretty well. I noticed in the pdf you posted it claimed a cm chord would consist of GDF#B. This is not a cm a c minor would be a lowered third (D#) the chord your having us play is not even close to that. I looked up some chord charts for uke and found they all noted cm chords as consisting of CD#GB. Im sorry of that sounded aggressive I may simply misunderstand the tuning as I said im very new to the uke. I really appreciate you transcribing this piece. I am a big fan of Both Amanda and Radiohead and I am glad to know someone respects them enough to transcribe this masterpiece.

  34. Fauster December 24th, 2010 6:14 pm

    Never mind I was reading it wrong. Thought it was a half step above where it was written for some reason.

  35. Ukenick January 20th, 2011 7:01 am

    “I may just be an uber noob, but to me it sounds/looks like
    D/U/ChnK/D/U/ChnK for each chord”

    how she plays that ChnK… with the wrist?

  36. SoupyDog March 23rd, 2011 8:31 pm

    This gets even better when you play along to Radiohead’s version,

  37. anna April 4th, 2011 4:57 pm

    Woodshed can you tell me how does she make the sound when people clap? i mean she does something like chucking but i cant figure out how does she do it. pleaaase :(

  38. Woodshed April 9th, 2011 8:12 am

    anna: There’s quite a lot of clapping going on. Can you point me to a time in the video?

  39. Matt May 31st, 2011 10:42 am

    The album version of this might be easier to hear, plus less singing/clapping along: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ogNJkXGd0w

    Good work on putting these up :)

  40. Damian May 31st, 2011 10:38 pm

    Thanks Woodshed , i found this really easy to get the hang of and was even able to sing along (struggling with my runs though – oooerr ! )

  41. Woodshed June 2nd, 2011 10:36 am

    Matt: Thanks. Added it to the post.

    Damian: Excellent!

  42. Squiz July 1st, 2011 4:32 am

    Ingrid Michaelson’s version is my favourite. =) Probably because I heard it first, but … well, I like it the best. =)

    now if I could only get her strumming pattern right… *frustrated*

  43. Valerie October 1st, 2011 6:20 am

    Something I discovered while practicing “All I want for Christmas is You,” but applies equally well here, is to play the G chord as -231 rather than -132 as you normally would. Makes transitioning to the B, (and to the Em in Mariah’s ditty) much easier for me, since the first finger is already basically where it needs to be, and I don’t have to rotate my wrist around. Or am I the only one that plays chords like D and G with my fingers pointed down the neck rather than laying across?

  44. Woodshed October 1st, 2011 12:40 pm

    Valerie: Thanks. Good tip.

    When I’m going from G to Em a lot I like to barre the C, E and A with my index finger, and play the third fret with the middle. That way you just have to put your ring finger on.

  45. Fergus Ray Murray October 3rd, 2011 10:16 pm

    So to save other people going and looking it up, D tuning is a,D,F#,B – i.e. a whole tone higher than standard tuning.

  46. Pantz November 3rd, 2011 6:26 am

    Does anyone know the ingrid michaelson chords?

  47. Woodshed November 3rd, 2011 11:28 am

    Pantz: Be OK and You and I.

  48. Sara November 7th, 2011 7:42 pm

    I think I like her singing on this version better.

    http://youtu.be/fJ-QueB9IYQ

  49. Lewis November 20th, 2011 10:02 am

    The radiohead version is the shiz anyone who hasn’t seen it needs to go here and see it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFkzRNyygfk&ob=av2e

  50. Andrew December 24th, 2011 5:20 am

    I think the pattern is SOMETHING like this for the verse:

    d-x-DDuX-dux-dux

    - means pause
    x means chuck

  51. Andrew December 24th, 2011 5:26 am

    oh and the DDU part you can also do dud if you prefer, i just strum 2 down strums fast as if it was a du there

  52. Ro'rizzle March 7th, 2012 3:59 pm

    Had a go before I listened to Ms. Palmer’s version, glad to hear we made the same “mistake” and had to drop pitch heavily in the middle of the middle. Great tab, danke schone

  53. Sasha April 16th, 2012 10:01 pm

    thank you so much! the only thing I haven’t understood is about “middle 8″ before verse N3 in the pdf, what does it mean?

  54. Woodshed April 16th, 2012 11:24 pm

    Sasha: Don’t worry about it. It’s just a name for part of a song like ‘verse’ or ‘chorus’.

  55. Ukulalalele April 20th, 2012 4:15 pm

    I was just wondering how you would replicate that tjak tjak sound after the word special. I always liked this bit in the original.

  56. Woodshed April 22nd, 2012 11:22 pm

    Ukulalalele: Try muting the strings with your fretting hand (by resting your fingers flat on the strings) and strumming.

  57. Marcus May 19th, 2012 7:37 pm

    I really like this cover, so I decided trying to make my own cover!
    Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq4wasZN-w4

  58. Kiwi June 8th, 2012 2:17 pm

    Thank you! I just followed your lesson about barre chords and now I can play it without the notes sounding like I’m drunk. This site is so useful I love it.

  59. Woodshed June 9th, 2012 3:12 pm

    Kiwi: Thanks very much! I’m really glad it helped.

  60. James July 20th, 2012 12:56 pm

    Hey Woodshed, do you know what the variations of the chords are? Are they the same as for Guitar? Gsus4, Bsus4 and Csus4?

  61. Woodshed July 23rd, 2012 8:18 pm

    James: If you’re doing the Radiohead version? Should work well enough.

  62. stamata September 22nd, 2012 9:16 pm

    when you are playing the middle 8 does the strumming pattern change at all? or do you just do it a bit faster?

  63. Jack Tragedy December 25th, 2012 2:59 pm

    I am having trouble moving from the G Chord to the B Chord. Any helpful hints. I can’t seem to extend my ring finger across the other three strings while pressing down the G string. Is there another chord I can use in place of the B Chord or do I simply need to continue to practice? Thanks.

  64. Woodshed December 26th, 2012 11:12 am

    Jack Tragedy: The main thing is to bring your hand around the neck a bit so that your thumb is on the back of the neck. Also, for B you only need to hold the E and A strings down if that makes it any easier for you.

  65. kathryn February 4th, 2013 9:44 am

    How many repeats of the strumming pattern D Chunk UDU chunk U do I need to do before changing chord? Or do you have a better strumming pattern? Thanks in advance x

  66. kathryn February 4th, 2013 9:59 am

    Or this? Ddudu Dudu Dudu Dudu repeat repeat repeat the big D means a chunk and the d’s and u’s are just regular up downs?

  67. Woodshed February 4th, 2013 7:34 pm

    kathryn: I’d go with D Chunk UDU chunk U twice for each chord.

  68. kathryn February 4th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Perfect! Thanks x

  69. Fullerton May 11th, 2013 9:37 pm

    down chnk up down up chnk up down chnk
    down chnk up down up chnk up down chnk
    repeat. or at least that’s what i got out of it.

  70. Ariel May 21st, 2013 9:32 pm

    Woodshed and Dan would probably do well to just not go to live shows anymore. Save the money you spend on tickets and listen to the studio versions if you just can’t handle the enthusiasm of other fans.

  71. Woodshed May 22nd, 2013 11:24 am

    Ariel: Hahaha. That’s pretty much what I do now.

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