Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me (Ukulele Version)

Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me (Chords)

I have to admit to being a little disappointed with Jens Lekman’s latest album, Night Fall Over Kortedala. Not because of the songs but because of the low ukulele content. I admit it, I’ve got a one track mind. But there are a few uke-heavy versions of the songs floating around. You can pick up versions of Your Arms Around Me and You Are The Light on False 45th.

And it’s from that version of Your Arms Around Me that I’ve taken the chords (although they’re the same for the album version). The song is in D-tuning and the chords are straight forward. I’ve written D6 in the tab but he’s actually moving between D6 and Dmaj7 (like D6 but with the B string played at the second fret).

The little solo he plays in the middle goes (a bit like) this:

jens lekman your arms around me ukulele tab solo

Lekman adds quite a lot of fancy doodles around these chords. If you want a basic strumming pattern, a good one to go for would be down, down, up, up, down. Here’s that pattern played slowly, then up to speed.

Requested by Ben

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  1. Jeff November 15th, 2007 8:34 pm

    Since part of my split personality is Swedish, I do have a special nostalgia for all things Swedish. I do have 2 JL CD’s and I enjoy his soft voice and bizarre story lines. Perhaps we should be glad to be beginning to share recording time with the 6-string family.

    I have another CD, to be named in a later comment because I am hiding it from myself. That has a real modern feel and (3-4) songs with ukulele intros or ukulele in the main song.

    I have a question on your notation of Jen’s song. The dual string segments (GCEA) of (xx57), (xx35), (xx23). Do you have a name for these? I have also seen (x00x), (x21x), (x34x), (x55x) = (xx10) in some tablature. Could you dwelve into the 2-string playing sometime?


  2. Jeff November 15th, 2007 8:35 pm

    The point was, the ukulele is creeping in. Do a eBay search of titles and descriptions and you find many albums with ukulele accompaniment.

  3. Tony November 15th, 2007 10:07 pm

    I believe those dual string sequences are major thirds (four semitone intervals). And they’re definitely a nice exercise to practice. Great song by the way.

  4. Woodshed November 17th, 2007 10:40 pm

    You’re right about them being thirds (almost all of them are thirds). Some of them are major thirds, some are minor thirds.

    I’ll take your advice, Jeff, and do a post about it sometime.

  5. sophie November 23rd, 2007 6:42 am

    Hey I did an interview with Jens a few weeks ago and I asked him about the whole deal with him playing the ukelele, he basically said that he’s stopped playing it. He said he only started playing it because it was easy to take with him and he didn’t have to check it on airplanes… soo…. sorry!

  6. Woodshed November 25th, 2007 4:39 pm

    Darn, that’s sad to hear. Cool interview though.

    And you win at blog names:)

  7. Ukulele Muxtape | Uke Hunt May 5th, 2008 6:22 pm

    […] Disappointingly, there was no ukulele on Jens Lekman’s most recent album Night Falls Over Kortedala. Fortunately, this solo ukulele version cropped up on the intertubes and blew the album version out of the water. I wrote up the chords for Your Arms Around Me here. […]

  8. DuckyI May 6th, 2008 11:58 am

    Such a lovely song. Such a pain in the arse to sing. Damn Jens and his octaves.

  9. Jeff May 6th, 2008 4:11 pm

    Al, Is this Jens L song tab in 3/4 time? Your arms around me.

  10. Woodshed May 6th, 2008 7:11 pm

    Jeff: It’s in 4/4 time. It’s a bit confusing with the crochet triplets in some bars.

    DuckyI: All songs are a pain in the arse for me to sing. I can’t sing at all.

  11. Luke Apples June 8th, 2008 1:04 pm

    Hey is anyone out there able to post the whole song or the first section of the song? Im relatively new to the ukulele and would love to know the notes or tabs to this song.

    Rock on Jens!

  12. kieran stephens July 27th, 2008 6:40 am

    is it ok to use standard tuning and use the same chords as guitar? they were D, Em, G, D, A. im new to ukulele and would appreciate some feedback.

  13. Woodshed July 27th, 2008 10:33 am

    kieran: Yes, a D chord is a D chord whatever tuning you’re in and whatever instrument you play it on.

  14. joogle June 1st, 2009 9:51 pm

    huh, which chords are you using?
    i thing you use
    a d f# b
    and your first chord is a g the 2nd is a d
    am i right?and how does it continue?

  15. Woodshed June 2nd, 2009 3:10 pm

    joogle: Click where it says ‘Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me (Chords)’ in red.

  16. joogle June 2nd, 2009 5:48 pm

    shame on me^^

  17. Woodshed June 2nd, 2009 6:11 pm

    joogle: Don’t worry about it. A lot of people miss them.

  18. Justin November 20th, 2009 4:54 am

    Hey, wow, thanks for the information here! Love this song, and I totally agree, I wish “Night Falls Over Kortedala” had a more organic feel like his previous records – specifically more ukulele!

  19. Owen April 4th, 2011 2:03 pm

    At first I misread the title and thought Arsenal Goalkeeper Jens Lehman had released a song.

  20. Woodshed April 4th, 2011 3:51 pm

    Owen: I would listen to that record.

  21. Owen May 11th, 2011 4:13 pm

    It would be a song dedicated to Stoke City. (Football joke)

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