Guy Forsyth – Waking Life (Tab)

Guy Forsyth – Waking Life (Tab)

Guy Forsyth’s little ukulele monologue in Richard Linklater’s Waking Life was, fittingly enough, a nightmare to work out. The intro anyway. It’s full of jazzy discords. I’m a long way from certain that it’s right. So if you have any suggests throw them my way.

The chords under the chatting, on the other hand, are fairly simple. It’s just D and Bm with a few plucked notes in. Although he does throw a missed beat or two in there on occasions.

Judging by the film, he’s playing in ADF#B. But I’ve written it up in C tuning.


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Requested by Minamin, Nic and Elizabeth.

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  1. Benedict April 1st, 2009 12:38 pm

    Thanks so much for this, I had once worked out the first four measures or so of this from watching the film. On preview it seems as if you’ve nailed it with this version. I know what I’ll be learning for the next couple of days.


  2. Woodshed April 1st, 2009 9:29 pm

    Thanks, Benedict. Glad you found it useful.

  3. Sam April 2nd, 2009 12:12 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been trying to figure this out since I saw the movie, like last year!
    If anyone wanted to know, the bit that he’s playing is what he plays in his own song “True Friends” from his album “Can You Live Without”

  4. Woodshed April 2nd, 2009 6:19 am

    Sam: Crap I meant to mention that in the post. Thanks for reminding me.

    He did a version of it for Midnight Ukulele Disco.

  5. Elizabeth April 2nd, 2009 11:40 pm

    This is a solid attempt, thanks again for working it out.

  6. Minamin April 10th, 2009 5:32 am

    Your best work yet!

  7. Miss Jess October 11th, 2011 3:23 am

    I was looking up tabs to teach one of my students, and saw Guy’s name in the list of tabs. Don’t know how I missed it before, as this post was a while back.

    It’s actually just the chords from the verse of a song he wrote called “True Friends”, which is on the album “Calico Girl”. There’s so much more to it!

  8. awaken December 1st, 2011 2:52 am

    aaaaaawesome! i still can’t believe how we can find ANYTHING on the internet. Thanks a lot, dude

  9. MissJess May 26th, 2013 4:04 am

    This is the link to download the song from Amazon:

  10. Woodshed May 27th, 2013 7:40 am

    Thanks, Jess. I’ve added it to the post.

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