The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight)

The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight) (Chords)

Helen Love’s cover of The Ramones’ Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight) is the sound of Christmas as far as I’m concerned. You can download it at Filthy Little Angels. You’ll have to hunt for it on there but it’s well worth it.

For the most part, the chords are dead simple. I’ve put a C5 chord in because it’s more punk, but you can play a normal C chord there and it will sound fine.

The only tricky bit for beginners is the Fm. You can minimise the amount of finger changing between these chords by playing them this way:
F chord to Fm chord ukulele
Here, you’re keeping you second finger on the G-string and sliding it down to the first fret. It’s a little awkward but easier than completely changing your fingers around.

In the introduction to the original, the chords slide up from B to C a few times. The easiest way to recreate this on the uke is to play the C5 shape, move both fingers down a fret, play the chord and then slide your fingers up.

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  1. Tony December 20th, 2007 4:52 am

    Awesome, this is my favorite Christmas song of all time. I just learned this one a couple weeks ago on the uke. I’m a newb so I didn’t pick up on the Fm in the chorus, but now it sounds pretty good! Thanks a bunch =D

  2. Woodshed December 21st, 2007 6:44 pm

    You’re welcome, Tony. Glad you like it.

  3. Peter Chrisp December 23rd, 2007 11:32 am

    That intro sounds really lovely. Thanks!

  4. Peter Chrisp December 23rd, 2007 11:33 am

    That was meant to be a post about the Fairytale of New York tab!

  5. Joe January 19th, 2008 8:57 pm

    nice one!

    shame, the video doesn’t work anymore

  6. Matt December 21st, 2008 12:10 pm

    AAAAAAHHHH, 2 days with a uke, how do your fingers bend into those places? im determined to get this ramones one down for christmas day.

  7. Woodshed December 22nd, 2008 8:01 pm

    Matt: Keep practicing, you’ll get there.

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