Ukulele Video of the Year 2007: Sweetafton23 – Tom Cruise Crazy


Jonathan Coulton/Sweetafton – Tom Cruise Crazy (Chords)

Thanks everyone who voted. After a nice, round 200 votes, the winner was Sweetafton23’s cover of Jonathan Coulton‘s Tom Cruise Crazy. A very deserving winner (although if Willa had picked up that uke in her version of Re: Your Brains it might have been another story) and very topical. If you enjoyed TCC, watch MyHope – her own song with some definite Coulton influence.

You can go here to Digg Tom Cruise Crazy.

The chords for this version are a little different from the original. The most obvious difference being the ukulele version is in the key of A rather than E. There’s also this nifty little bit that crops up in the intro and at the end of the chorus.

Tom Cruise Crazy ukulele tab

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  1. Mike January 20th, 2008 1:26 am

    I certainly voted for her! Your transcription is definitely better than the version I play, which is transposed into D. The G#dim is nice.

    Two extra possibilities; adding a C#7 after the E7 in the fourth line in each verse (“…choose to go” etc) makes it sound better, I think. And the chorus before the middle 8 could use an E7 at the end to help that transition from the nifty tabbing into the F. That’s how Coulton does it anyway, and it works for me.

  2. LawnGnome January 20th, 2008 2:42 am

    I’ve been trying to play this in F for the last while (I bumped everything one half step up from Coulton’s guitar tab) – most of the chord changes are fairly straightforward that way.
    F-A-D7
    Gm-C7
    etc…
    However, the “nifty little bit” that you posted (which has always been eluding me in Sweetafton’s version) is a bit trickier. I think it is
    F – F – F9 – F7+9 – F9
    or
    2010 – 2010 – 2333 – 2343 – 2333

    If anyone has an easier way to get that same Sweetafton effect in F without making my fingers fall off, please post it!

  3. Woodshed January 20th, 2008 8:56 am

    Thanks for those, Mike.

    LawnGnome: This might be a slightly easier way of playing it:

    tcc1.gif

    I’d probably just do it like this:

    tcc2.gif

  4. zym January 20th, 2008 6:48 pm

    You’ve gotten rid of those nasty B minors in the chorus – good work! :)

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  6. Q-gyver January 29th, 2008 3:24 am

    Awesome rendition! I gotta say that JoCo is one of my favorite singers, and this is a great cover.

    “Visit Beautiful Skullcrusher Mountian” HA!

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  8. lizziye G. June 16th, 2008 2:12 am

    I taught myself how to play and Ive only been playing for a couple months now. i picked it up really fast and one day snooping around the net for tabs and such i found this and Sweetafton23’s other videos and i was just totally amazed and i hope that somday i can be as awsome as her (if its possible) and i can do this version kinda well but im confused on the strumming patterns. and also if anybody knows the chords she used for the Mr. fancypants song and her own My Hope song it would make my day and week and year! somday implanning on getting a webcam and maybe posting some of my own ukeness (once im better) … im actually working on a jingle for a project in home&carreers about banana bread – yeah i know but a songs a song even if its about banana bread…

    well thats that and if anybody has any tips for me i would apreciate it a ton

    my mind has spoken

    later

  9. Woodshed June 17th, 2008 5:02 pm

    I took the chords for Fancy Pants from Jonathan Coulton’s site, transposed it to the Sweetafton key and came up with this. Hopefully, you can work it out from there. I’ve been meaning to do MyHope for ages now.

  10. lizziye G. June 18th, 2008 10:04 pm

    THANKS! I trying it right away!
    Ill keep my progress posted.
    =)

  11. Alissa G May 1st, 2011 9:38 pm

    This is amazing!! And the nifty little bit that I made up to make it easier for me is just A and E7. Or 2100 and 1202. It doesn’t sound the same, but it’s easier on my slowly challenged fingers!

  12. Robert M July 9th, 2011 10:57 pm

    Any tips for strumming in this one? I’m struggling to pick out the pattern (new player here).

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