Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Tab & Chords)

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra – I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (Chords)

Another one from the wonderful WIUO. This Prince cover is the standout track on their latest EP The Dreaming. Another good one for ukulele groups – easy chords for the beginners and twiddly bits for the showoffs. The only unusual chord in it is Ab. If you can’t get your fingers around that you can just move the whole G chord shape up a fret and reach your thumb round to stop the G string sounding.

Suggested Strumming

d – d – d u d u

Will see you almost all the way through.

In the verse: once for C, once for G and twice for F.
In the chorus: once for F, once for G and twice for F. Once for the other chords (except the final G – two down strums for that).

Twiddly Bits

There’s a lot going on in the intro. I’ve written it up for four parts:

Your Man (Intro Tab)

And here’s me playing that arrangement slowed down a bit.


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  1. Craig Robertson November 12th, 2009 6:29 pm

    Great! I had never seen this video. I’ve done this song on guitar for years. It’s nice to see that they’ve really arranged it. Love all the vocal parts.

    Cool. they’re almost funky in parts.

  2. Jeff November 12th, 2009 9:11 pm

    Excellent choice of song for the uke! I often struggle with choosing uke-appropriate songs (“Mother” by Danzig most recently). And, as always, magnificent tab!

  3. byjimini November 12th, 2009 10:19 pm

    Brilliant! I know what I’ll be playing at the folk club on Wednesday.

  4. sebi November 13th, 2009 7:14 am

    This is a great arrangement for ukulele and seems so much fun to play!

    @Jeff: “Mother” by Danzig is a great song. I tried to cover it on ukulele as well and it didn’t work for me either.

  5. Jeff November 13th, 2009 7:45 am

    SEBI: I am absolutely certain you could rock at “Mother.” I’ve watched everything you’ve uploaded. I can rock everything except {raises hat to woodshed} the “twiddly bits.” I hope I get the chance to see SOMEBODY do that number! CHALLENGE TIME FOR ANYBODY THAT READS THIS!

  6. Mike November 13th, 2009 10:20 am

    Thank you so much for this. A great start to the weekend.

  7. Alan November 13th, 2009 11:49 am

    That is very very good!!

  8. Ray Accardi November 13th, 2009 7:40 pm

    great interpretation and arrangements!

  9. Woodshed November 14th, 2009 3:30 pm

    Craig: It’s a great song and they did a great job with it.

    Jeff and Sebi: One of you has to get it together, I want to hear it.

    byjimini: Good luck with it.

    Mike: You’re welcome.

    Alan and Ray: Agreed!

  10. cardboardfrog November 14th, 2009 6:35 pm

    this is just beautiful, i have to say its hard to pull off prince covers but this is just absolutely perfect

  11. zymeck July 25th, 2012 2:35 pm

    what the what!?!

    greetings from the future – I cant believe i missed this! :D

  12. Woodshed July 25th, 2012 10:36 pm

    zymeck: What’s it like in the future?

  13. zymeck September 17th, 2012 10:41 am

    Its very different. You turned your back on the ukulele in 2011, and are now running http://www.GuzhengHunt.com

  14. Adriana December 19th, 2012 7:12 pm

    I have a request, and I have reasons to increase my chance… i’m always nice :P it is a really good song you should like it and i tried looking for a joke about armadillos but they are all about dead armadillos on the road and that’s just sad, any way any chance you could do this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RDMC1YTjos thanks :D

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