The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

the cure ukulele tab


This one is incredibly late for the Ukulele Tribute to The Cure. I’m amazed no one did a cover of this as it works very well on the uke.

For those who thought my version of Don’t Fear the Reaper needed more cowbell.

UPDATE: Grant Lee Phillips used a uke in his cover of the tune (Thanks to Anna for the heads up).

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  1. Cardboardfrog September 16th, 2008 4:05 pm

    by any chance woodshed do you prescribe to the b3ta newsletter?

  2. brian September 16th, 2008 5:37 pm

    I like it.. i’ll be trying to figure out the chords

  3. Woodshed September 16th, 2008 7:15 pm

    cbf: No, I had to Google b3ta to check what it was (I have been there before).

    brian: Good luck with it. There’s nothing to complicated in there.

  4. newbie September 16th, 2008 8:01 pm

    Probably this has been posted before but I was strolling on ebay and found a 25,000 US$ Martin 5K.

    I don’t know about ukes but I guess it has to be the best ukulele ever made because… 25000$???


  5. ukulelezo September 16th, 2008 9:00 pm

    I was just thinking about learning this song. Or maybe Love Cats…

  6. Cardboardfrog September 16th, 2008 11:34 pm

    love cats without bass is like sugar free cola, MORALLY WRONG!
    but you did make hot in herre work, so maybe i’m wrong.

  7. Isaac September 17th, 2008 1:19 am

    very nice riff

  8. Anna September 17th, 2008 5:40 pm

    Granted, it’s not a solely ukulele cover but you should check out the version Grant Lee Phillips did of this song on his “Nineteeneighties” album…definitely some uke in there. Great work and awesome riff! I always look forward to more great stuff here!

  9. Woodshed September 18th, 2008 7:47 pm

    newbie: Thanks for the link. If I remember correctly, they had a few guitars up for sale at extortionate prices as well. I’d say the real value of it is about half the asking price.

    ukulelezo: I look forward to hearing whichever one you choose.

    cbf: She could pull it off.

    Isaac: It certainly is. This is easily my favourite Cure song.

    Anna: Thanks for that. I’ll add a link to the post.

  10. Imogen Ziemek December 24th, 2009 8:40 am

    my god woodshed you are amazing, thank you for putting this up. i listened to you playing ‘this charming man’ which is one of my favourite songs, but sadly i am no where near good enough to play it myself. the music you have put up just made my day

  11. Woodshed December 30th, 2009 11:42 am

    Imogen: Thanks very much for the kind words. I appreciate it.

  12. Matt Jackson March 20th, 2011 4:56 pm

    I think the chords are A, B, C up a fret then, C up two frets then back down through all of them.

  13. Hagbard November 6th, 2011 10:22 pm

    As far as I can tell the chords are A, Bm, C#m and D, with the D fretted 5567. B and C sound wrong to me, the minor versions seem to work.

    Helpfully, these are all B or Bm-form chords so you don’t need to do much more than slide your fretting hand up and down the neck.

  14. Draco June 23rd, 2012 12:44 pm

    First tab I have ever played! Briliant!

  15. Woodshed June 25th, 2012 11:13 am

    Draco: Congratulations!

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