Paul McCartney – Ram On (Tabs)


Paul McCartney – Ram On (Tab)

I’m going to a quarter break by no-Beatles rule today and post Paul McCartney’s ukulele tune. The original has some very dodgy tuning in it, but Greg Hawkes’s cover makes it much more obvious what a nice little tune it is.

I’ve put up the tabs but you can just play the chords without missing out on too much.

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  1. PotofBasil March 30th, 2010 11:50 pm

    I really don’t think any of us thought
    this was ukulele when the album came out, Al.
    Nobody I spoke about it with ever mentioned
    uke. Who cared about ukes then anyway? Tiny
    Tim was our only exposure to ukulele, and
    the notion of Paul McCartney playing one was
    just not considered. It was a big enough shock for
    us to see him play guitar. I don’t even recall
    reading reviews that mentioned uke. They
    may have, but if they did, it didn’t sink-in
    until years later. Ukes just weren’t, well they
    weren’t anything then, really (except Tiny). Always liked the song. Different times then…

  2. Josh April 1st, 2010 10:25 pm

    wow i really like this. thanks for the tabs!
    may i ask why you have a no-beatles rule?

  3. Woodshed April 3rd, 2010 3:48 pm

    PoB: It still doesn’t get credited as being a ukulele track. Inside or outside the uke community.

    Josh: Because it’s bloody boring.

  4. molly James April 18th, 2010 10:55 am

    I have wanted tabs for this for so long.. thanks so much!!

  5. veejayblox August 23rd, 2010 10:43 pm

    nice song, nice tab. and you’re right that is a catchy little song. do like the website, but the no beatles rule seems forced and a little unreal.

  6. Woodshed August 24th, 2010 4:51 pm

    veejayblox: Thanks. Not sure what you mean by ‘forced and a little unreal’. There’s so much Beatles stuff for the ukulele about there doesn’t seem much point posting more.

  7. Ryan Hargis September 6th, 2010 11:46 pm

    sup woodshed?!

  8. Woodshed September 14th, 2010 11:42 am

    Ryan: Chillin’. Sup witchu?

  9. Chris November 19th, 2010 3:23 am

    I dont know where to post this, but can we get a tab for the Beatles classic I Want You(She’s So Heavy)? cant find it any where but I heard an amazing uke cover on youtube and I really wanna learn it.
    Thanks!

  10. Woodshed November 19th, 2010 4:44 pm

    Chris: Not likely, I’m afraid.

  11. mylo March 31st, 2011 1:32 am

    Yes it is a ukulele soprano
    George Harrison loved to play a ukulele, when friends visited his home he would pull out all types of ukulele’s
    Paul can be seen playing a dobro on youtube along with George and Ringo.
    Great stuff!

  12. Gibbonfunky May 9th, 2011 7:27 pm

    Beatles boring?
    You haven’t listened to em mate!

  13. Woodshed May 15th, 2011 12:09 pm

    Gibbonfunky: You haven’t read the comments. I didn’t say the Beatles were boring, I said putting them on the site would be.

  14. Jojo December 18th, 2011 1:06 pm

    Wow, thanks a lot for that!

    And, well, the Beatles are maybe the best XXth century band, and Paul McCartney is more or less the second son of God… So why this no-Beatles precept?

  15. Woodshed December 20th, 2011 8:30 pm

    Jojo: Because there’s a lot of Beatles ukulele stuff around already.

  16. Simon March 27th, 2012 10:04 pm

    How awesome is it that you tabbed this song!
    Hero!

  17. Woodshed March 28th, 2012 6:14 am

    Simon: Thanks! I am a hero. Where’s my medal?!

  18. Simon March 28th, 2012 11:05 am

    Heroes don’t need medals ;)

    Or I could make you one if you’d ever stop by Belgium!

  19. Christa September 13th, 2012 4:12 am

    A. I love this song so much! Thanks for posting it. :0
    B. Can’t we all just see if our question was answered with previous comments. Chances are if you thought about it, others did too.
    C. rock on.

  20. Woodshed September 14th, 2012 1:47 pm

    Christa: Thanks!

  21. BillBro September 21st, 2012 1:08 am

    When McCartney recorded this song (1971), playing the guitar was cool and playing the ukulele was uncool. NOBODY did it except in Hawaii tourist joints. Years later, playing the uke has now become cool and everybody does it. So, talk about a guy who was ahead of his time! Even before George became known for playing ukuleles Paul did this charming little number. I saw him play it live in concert a couple years ago, from which he then segued into a ukulele version of George’s “Something,” during which the rest of the band eased in along side him and gave the rest of the song the full treatment. Unforgettable! So I’ve been fiddling with the instrument and wanted to add a uke song to my live set. And this is the first song I thought of, because it was the first cool ukulele song I ever heard and would be sort of an insiders tune. Thanks for the tabs!

  22. Woodshed September 21st, 2012 9:24 pm

    BillBro: Thanks for the info. Good luck with your version.

  23. sheri May 13th, 2013 2:41 pm

    Thanks! I couldn’t figure out why I had to have a uke a few years back and then God told me my deceased mom’s favorite song was Ram On from this album we used to listen to together. I am not playing it in her honor. Thanks a bunch!

  24. sheri May 13th, 2013 2:41 pm

    I am NOW playing it in her honor I meant to say!

  25. sheri May 13th, 2013 2:45 pm

    P.S. looking for the Ram Reprise tabs. Can you put that up too?

  26. Woodshed May 14th, 2013 10:27 am

    sheri: I’m glad you corrected it! I was wondering after the first comment.

  27. Ian July 28th, 2014 2:02 am

    Thanks for posting this! To my ears, “Ram On” sounds incredibly contemporary – but I can imagine in the early 1970s, this probably sounded absolutely mental to most people.

  28. Woodshed July 28th, 2014 7:58 am

    Ian: You’re welcome!

  29. Jimmy September 29th, 2014 8:40 am

    I was just wondering the other day if they ever used a ukelele on a Beatles song. Then I realized that’s what George played on Altogether Now. I always thought it was a guitar with capo.
    No need to tab that song, but I would love to see an arrangement of Paul’s song Junk.

  30. Woodshed September 30th, 2014 6:58 am

    Jimmy: I’m going to have to listen to it again… Hmm, it still sounds like a guitar to me. But who knows.

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