Loudon Wainwrigtht III – Got a Ukulele

Loudon Wainwright III – The Ukulele Song (Chords)(PDF)

Nowadays, Loudon Wainwright is most most famous for being Dad to Rufus and Martha and marrying Dame Edna Everage. Which is a shame as he’s a shining example of what a singer-songwriter should be. So many singer-songwriters just churn out dour dirges. But even when Loudon writes miserable songs, he makes sure they have a big singalong chorus (Unhappy Anniversary) and he really knows how to push the button and push it hard (White Winos). Plus, when they make a big Hollywood blockbuster of my life story, One Man Guy is going to be the theme song.

Loudon also has a few ukulele songs such as Things Should Be Getting Better, Passion Play and this ode to the uke itself.

It’s fairly simple to play. You can strum down, up, down, up pretty much the whole way through. The only tricky part is the, “…could be bright and breezy…” part. Just one down strum each for those quick chords.

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  1. Iain November 11th, 2008 7:33 pm

    That should be the national anthem of Ukeahuntia.

  2. Woodshed November 11th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Iain: That’s a damn good idea. Blogs should definitely have anthems.

  3. karl November 12th, 2008 2:00 pm

    And he also put a ukulele prominently on the cover art of his ‘Little Ship’ album. Okay, he did use it as a peddle, but to me that still counts.

  4. Cardboardfrog November 12th, 2008 7:24 pm

    awesome choice of song to chord out for us, and even better choice of singer songwriter!
    gotta see if cardboard boxes works on ukulele now

  5. Woodshed November 12th, 2008 8:51 pm

    karl: Good spot. And any properly equipped lifeboat will have a ukulele on board.

    cbf: I think it should work.

  6. Emily November 13th, 2008 9:07 pm

    Great song. I discovered this about 3 weeks ago on another uke site. I played it about two nights later for my super-rad friends and they totally dug it…’cause they’re super-rad. Anyway, another great addition to your site. You’re the best!

  7. Woodshed November 13th, 2008 10:01 pm

    Emily: And you too are super-rad.

  8. nic September 22nd, 2010 2:59 pm

    Does anyone know what type of uke Loudon Wainwright plays?

    Cheers, nic

  9. Woodshed September 22nd, 2010 7:07 pm

    nic: The uke he’s using here is a flea.

  10. Baz Maz January 27th, 2011 3:12 pm

    Such a good song, I named my blog after it!!

  11. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 10:05 am

    Baz: I did wonder if you got it from this song.

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