Beirut – Flying Club Cup

Nantes (Chords)

Other than faffing about with a capo, it’s dead easy. Dm – C – F all the way through.

A Sunday Smile (Chords)

There’s a really great uke-heavy version of Sunday Smile on It has the same basic chords as the album version, but uses different inversions.

Guyamas Sonora

Another capo-at-the-first-fret tune. I think this happens a lot in Beirut tunes as trumpets and other brass instruments are easier to play in flat keys (Bb and Eb in particular).

La Banlieue

Em – A – F# – B

Cliquot (Chords)

My favourite non-uke song on the album. Like a lot of Beirut songs, there’s a shift in chords and lyrical perspective in the middle of the song and it works particularly well here.

The song is, apparently, written from the perspective of Nicole Clicquot. She married into a wine making family but became widowed in her twenties. She went on to pioneer a method of producing clear champagne and established the famous Veuve Clicquot.

In the first verse of the song, she’s pleading for her husband to recover. In the second, he has died and she’s given up all hope – wants to burn the winery down. Then the music shifts from B minor to D major as discovers her purpose and vows to make her husband’s name famous.

The Penalty (Chords)

Forks And Knives (La Fête)

In The Mausoleum

I um-ed and ah-ed over this one. The chords I’ve written up are the ones that sound best to me, but there a few options. You could play the A6 chord like this. And you could play the C#m chord with the Bm shape moved up two frets.

Un Dernier Verre (Pour la Route)

Time to reach for the capo again.


Another song in two halves.

St Apollonia (Chords)

The Flying Club Cup

Two ticks in the I-Spy book of Beirut chord progressions: capo first fret, new chord progression for the second half.

Next week, I should have Lon Gisland and a few other miscellaneous bits and bobs figured out. They’ll be up on the Beirut Chords and Tabs page at some point.

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  1. andrew February 26th, 2008 8:57 pm

    dude. you are my hero. i love this album, and it takes me forever to figure out tabs. you make life like 400 times easier.

  2. Woodshed February 26th, 2008 9:06 pm

    Thanks, andrew. Glad to help.

  3. Nelson February 27th, 2008 12:10 am

    Can’t thank you enough…
    Memorizing every song.

  4. moocher February 27th, 2008 3:17 pm

    Why thank you kind sir.

  5. Woodshed February 27th, 2008 9:02 pm

    You’re both very welcome.

  6. Bryan February 29th, 2008 6:53 am

    This has just made my week. Bravo, Woodshed.

  7. Another Bryan March 3rd, 2008 6:51 am

    Agreed! This is as cool as it gets. This band got me to learn the uke.. (on my 1st month)

  8. Woodshed March 3rd, 2008 9:38 pm

    Thanks, both Bryans. Beirut seem to have got a lot of people into the uke. A very good thing.

  9. Sam March 6th, 2008 12:24 am

    Whoo, thanks for these. But I was wondering, do you know what inversions they used for ‘A Sunday Smile’ on I mean, like what fingers go where (if that makes sense…)

  10. Sam March 6th, 2008 8:51 am

    Speaking of ‘A Sunday Smile’ – I dunno if you’ve seen the performance of it on Jools Holland, the ukulele part sounds quite pretty –

  11. Woodshed March 6th, 2008 10:32 pm

    Hi Sam. I’ll work them out sometime. I’m a bit burned out on Beirut for the moment. You could try cycling through the chord inversions on sheep entertainment and see what takes your fancy.

  12. Amy March 9th, 2008 10:12 pm

    I’m speechless…


  13. Woodshed March 10th, 2008 10:19 pm

    Thanks, Amy.

  14. max March 13th, 2008 4:14 am

    Cherbourg doesn’t seem right… I was playing it on my accordion, and it didn’t match up.

  15. Woodshed March 13th, 2008 6:42 am

    It sounds right to me. What do you think the chords are?

  16. max March 14th, 2008 12:26 am

    Not really sure, I just picked the accordion up yesterday. 120 buttons is just too many eh? It sounds like a minor chord there instead of G.

    I think you’re cutting off your nose to spite your face when you call Beirut a pretentious con by money hungry record producers.

    Unless you’re taking this piss there.

  17. Woodshed March 14th, 2008 9:25 pm

    I think you’re mixing up two things there. The second bit was me taking the piss.

    But, Beirut are pretentious. It’s what I think, if it’s cutting my nose off to say it, so be it.

  18. nur March 28th, 2008 7:23 pm

    wow, this is so great!
    the chords on “guyamas sonora” aren’t all correct, though. the Am should be replaced with a C.

  19. specimanYak March 9th, 2010 11:30 pm

    Many, many thanks for these.
    I’ve just started out learning the ukulele due to Beiruts wonderful music, so much thanks for putting me on the right path to playing these songs properly.
    I’d type more but my fingers are sore from playing, lol, kudos to you.

  20. Woodshed March 10th, 2010 5:06 pm

    specimanYak: Thanks!

  21. Tom August 14th, 2010 12:32 am

    Firstly you are a wonderful person for tabbing my favourite artist’s discography, I think I love you… haha.
    Enough of the sycophancy. I was wondering if you’ve got any kind of advice for strumming on Forks and Knives (la fete) It’s my favourite song and I want to be able to play it well

  22. dean August 2nd, 2011 11:21 pm

    just obtained a uke for the express purpose of playing beirut songs. you are my hero for having everything i could ask for on one glorious website. i’m sure my girlfriend will want to thank you as well once i’ve memorized the discography. any chance you’re up for tabbing the riptide?

  23. lucy February 22nd, 2012 2:09 pm

    what is the strumming pattern for nantes? thanks

  24. me October 22nd, 2012 3:44 am

    same question, i cant get the strums for nantes

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