Flight of the Conchords – Mermaids

Flight of the Conchords – Mermaids (Chords)

I woke up this morning to an excited email from Uke Hunt’s official FotC correspondent Jenny Flame telling me that last Sunday’s episode featured a ukulele song. I immediately dashed over to YouTube, stole the lyrics and started working out the chords.

After Jemaine’s appearance with a ukulele earlier in the series, it was the turn of Bret “Bret Bret” McKenzie (also of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra) to strum the uke. Although he didn’t bother playing the uke with his left hand (I assume it’s a parody of something).

Once you get passed the intro, the song itself only has two chords. The chords have names that sound like a chemical compound but don’t let that put you of. To play a Bm7, you bar your finger across all the strings at the second fret – make sure your thumb is behind the fingerboard to give you something to press against. The Amaj7 is like a normal A chord but with the g string played at the first rather than second fret.

Once you’ve got that chord change down, the only challenge is singing the song without bursting out laughing.

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  1. indigo_jones August 14th, 2007 10:56 pm

    Thank you!!!! I still prefer the version of this song that they perform on their Folk the World album — lots of fishy puns — but I was thrilled when I heard this uke version and was going to attempt to figure it out myself. You saved me a lot of headache!

  2. Retrovertigo August 15th, 2007 1:37 am

    Bret has also appeared at NYC’s Ukulele Cabaret!

    http://www.ukulelecabaret.com/tenguitars

  3. Mike August 15th, 2007 11:23 am

    Oh, excellent stuff. I saw the show last night and wondered when you would hear about the uke appearance–pretty impressive turnaround time. (Is that a stray D in the chord listing?) Also nice to see Bret at the Cabaret; Ten Guitars is a New Zealand campfire standard.

  4. indigo_jones August 15th, 2007 1:27 pm

    There’s also a performance of Blue Smoke and Haere Mai, along with Ten Guitars, at Ukulele Disco: http://www.ukuleledisco.com/haeremai2

  5. Woodshed August 15th, 2007 7:20 pm

    Indigo: There’s a time and a plaice for fish puns and I won’t have them on this blog. They give me a haddock.

    Mike: Thanks for pointing out the balls up.

    Retrovertigo: Thanks for the vids.

  6. joe August 17th, 2007 5:45 am

    right when i saw this episode i was hoping you would figure it out! i love uke hunt… i love it. love. so much love.

  7. Woodshed August 17th, 2007 8:11 pm

    Ha ha. Thanks Joe.

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  9. Jordy January 11th, 2008 10:56 pm

    Could you also do “If you’re into it” from Flight of the Conchords? It’s a great and funny song and simple. The only chords they use are A & C, but the strumming is quite complex for a beginner like me though…

  10. kurtuke April 27th, 2010 5:55 am

    I strongly agree with Jordy

  11. Coinaco July 18th, 2010 1:41 am

    What’s the strumming pattern for this?

  12. aquaticsloth September 10th, 2010 9:26 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZLhUik0tSU

    a link that works ^^ (for now anyways)

    i strum it with down, up, chunk, up, up. sounds good to me anyways.

  13. Woodshed September 14th, 2010 11:29 am

    aquaticsloth: Thanks for the link. Some videos I just give up trying to keep up.

  14. ado November 10th, 2010 9:56 am

    Love your work.
    Any chance of getting the chords for “Carol Brown”?
    Thanks.

  15. Woodshed November 10th, 2010 10:47 am

    ado: There are chords here.

  16. ado November 10th, 2010 1:18 pm

    Thanks for the really quick response.

    Your ‘reward’ is a really dumb question from a newbie: how do I transpose the chords on UltimateGuitar.com to uke?

    (And any tips on the strumming?)

    May be pushing my luck here …

  17. ado November 11th, 2010 1:53 am

    Found your explanation of how to transpose elsewhere on this site.

    Sorted.

    Thanks.

  18. Woodshed November 13th, 2010 11:06 am

    ado: Glad you found it. It’s pretty simple!

  19. Talia February 2nd, 2011 2:08 am

    The video says the youtube account associated with the video has been terminated…& the “stole the lyrics” hyperlink shows a site under maintenance…update?

  20. Woodshed February 2nd, 2011 10:23 am

    Talia: Thanks. It’s hard to keep up with all the take-downs and whatnot.

  21. stamata August 17th, 2012 11:04 pm

    Anyone know the strumming pattern?

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