Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came (Tab)

Iron & Wine – Naked As We Came (Tab)

Man alive this one is a toughy. I’ve had a few failed attempts at getting this to work on the ukulele. But I persisted because it’s a beautiful song. And I’ve finally got a version I’m pleased with.

The difficulty with playing this on the ukulele is that the bass part is so important. To get that and the ringing notes I’ve had to transpose them into the same octave. Which adds another layer of difficulty because you have to give these notes an extra little umph to emphasize them.

Here’s my attempt at playing it.


Anyone who can play this and sing at the same time has my unending respect.

Requested by MC Safety.

UPDATE: For anyone looking for an easier version to play while singing, check out Seeso’s version.

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  1. Woodshed July 29th, 2012 7:01 pm

    alex!!: Well done!

  2. Blamuke February 8th, 2013 6:16 am

    Yes, I love the way you sound, but could you please tab it out. I’m confident that I could song and play it at the sans time but I’ve not got the skill nor time to note for note pick through your mp3. Tabs please?

  3. Woodshed February 8th, 2013 4:12 pm

    Blamuke: Tabs are in the orange box under the video.

  4. alf June 18th, 2013 2:00 am

    Hey, sorry that this may be an inane question; I’m not so great with string instruments. What’s the benefit of having the same pitch on two different strings? Thanks! This tab sounds really nice :)

  5. Woodshed June 18th, 2013 10:31 pm

    alf: I like the sound of it. And in this case it’s easier to fingerpick at high speed.

  6. Tatiana October 10th, 2015 9:18 am

    Wow! This song is so much easier on guitar. The uke tab on here is great though. The picking pattern seems incredibly counter intuitive to me though since I’m used to playing it on guitar.

  7. Woodshed October 10th, 2015 10:03 am

    Tatiana: Definitely! Having six strings makes things a lot easier sometimes.

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