Paolo Nutini – High Hopes (Chords)

Paolo Nutini – High Hopes (Chords)

Polo Nutini’s ukulele may have met an unfortunate end but this ukulele ditty (from the upcoming Sunny Side Up) turned out nice.

And it’s a dead simple song – perfect for beginners. It’s just baby’s first uke chords: C, F and G.

Suggested Strumming

Old faithful:

d – d u – u d u

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If you can’t wait until Monday to hear the studio version (also featuring the uke) you can stream the new album on MySpace (unless you’re in the US). Check out Pencil Full of Lead for more uke action.

Requested by Naomi (and I’m pretty sure Alice will be interested too)

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  1. HumbleUker Jeff May 29th, 2009 6:55 pm

    Very catchy tune. Thanks for scratching this out. Is this picture actually of the singer? He sounds Jamaican. Perhaps he is – but the name is Italian? Jeff

  2. Woodshed May 29th, 2009 7:46 pm

    Jeff: Yes, that’s him. He’s actually Scottish (of Italian descent I believe).

  3. Alice May 30th, 2009 12:31 am

    I was very interested.. I just opened it in my e-mail my first thought was “Oh what a hottie”
    Yeah he’s Scottish, but his family (like four generations ago) are from Italy.. And I shouldn’t know that..
    Wasn’t the album out today or something?

  4. Woodshed May 30th, 2009 7:19 pm

    Alice: I think it’s out on Monday.

  5. Dannyboy June 7th, 2009 11:39 pm

    Paolo’s family is originally from Barga, a hill town in Northwestern Tuscany. They and he still visit. He played a show in Barga in 2007 and was there for a photo shoot this past spring. Search the wonderful site for photos and stories, if interested.

  6. Woodshed June 8th, 2009 10:36 am

    Dannyboy: Thanks for the info.

  7. Dannyboy June 9th, 2009 2:29 am

    Hey, it’s nice to know something about something, for once.

  8. Sam November 20th, 2009 8:50 am


    I don’t think, it’s the good tab, but only for the last chords. C, F and ??

    Can u help me ?


  9. ida August 14th, 2010 8:05 am

    This is why I should never miss a day of UkeHunt! Just found this fantastic song & one of my favorites…need I another reason to get started? Two Paolo’s, life is good! Just ordered your beginner package & I can hardly wait…thanks!

  10. Kat January 18th, 2012 10:17 am

    I am about to order my first Uke after being part of several jam sessions where one or more of my friends owned a ukulele… two strums is all it took to fall in love and I never forgot. Finally getting my own and can’t wait to play this!

  11. Woodshed January 18th, 2012 9:53 pm

    Kat: Hope you enjoy your new uke.

  12. marty kiel August 1st, 2012 7:37 pm

    I got choked up listening to Paolo sing this song, and I like this live version better than the album version.

  13. Woodshed August 1st, 2012 10:42 pm

    marty: I agree. I think he often sounds better live than he does on the records.

  14. Hannah B August 27th, 2012 7:00 pm

    Hey this site is amazing. I just bought my first Ukulele and was looking for some easy songs to start with when I found this site. Thanks so much for all your hard work and giving us newbys a friendly and (free) place to start loving our ukuleles! Cheers!!

  15. Woodshed September 1st, 2012 10:44 am

    Hannah B: Thanks so much! Glad it’s helping you get started.

  16. Søren August 27th, 2013 1:10 pm

    Very new to the uku. How do i know how many times to play the chord? (a full strum section?) – fx: How many times do i strum the C before changing to F? Is it just dduudu?

  17. Woodshed August 28th, 2013 8:44 am

    Soren: There’s a guide to strumming here.

  18. littleuke November 2nd, 2014 7:34 pm

    damn, that’s great! :D

    Just had to get thru/adjust to the screechy, and I got the prize~ I <3 listening to the little uke. Do you know if the harmonica part is hard? Sounds so good together: )

    Once again, woodshed, thank you! :D generous spirit <3

  19. Woodshed November 3rd, 2014 8:07 am

    littleuke: Thanks so much! Sorry, don’t have the first clue about harmonicas.

  20. SarkyWalrus March 19th, 2015 12:15 pm

    I love a bit of Paulo and being Scottish myself, I can actually understand what he’s saying :)

    P.S. I LOVE the flea G-string Ka ma ka

  21. Woodshed March 20th, 2015 1:28 pm

    SarkyWalrus: I’m very glad you liked it!

  22. elizabeth July 27th, 2015 12:06 am

    Hi! For some reason when I hit download on this one nothing comes up. Have the chords been removed?

  23. Woodshed July 27th, 2015 6:56 am

    elizabeth: That’s strange. It’s working fine for me. Sorry about that.

  24. elizabeth benson July 27th, 2015 9:41 pm

    Thanks for checking! Computers! :)

    I’ll try using a different one.

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