Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet (Tab)

Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet (Tab)

Two rarities in this post: me doing an instrumental arrangement of a vocal track and, horror of horrors, me smiling.

It’s no surprise that’s it’s the second one of these that everyone has commented upon. So much so I thought I should skip the tabs and doing a smiling tutorial instead.

I highly recommend watching this video and painstakingly recreating that radiant natural smile of hers whilst applying lashings of Frownies. Try not to get those crow’s feet.

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  1. Carrie Griffin July 22nd, 2010 7:17 pm

    Don’t misrepresent me! I’m far more enamored of the little eyebrow raise than the smiling. They just HAPPENED to coincide.

    Can’t wait to spend a few months butchering this song and pissing off my beloved housemates. “I loved that song,” they’ll say. “I love it, too,” I’ll say. “No,” they’ll say, “Love-d. Past tense.” I’m sure I’ll get better with time and their love with be forcibly restored.

    Thanks as always, you prince of a man, you.

  2. Marie July 22nd, 2010 8:24 pm

    it is the eyebrow raise that’s the best.

  3. Lyndsey July 22nd, 2010 9:09 pm

    Ahaha! I followed the “this video” link thinking it was a toothpaste commercial or something along those lines. Great post.

    P.S. awesome ukulele

  4. Carrie Griffin July 22nd, 2010 9:31 pm Marie Tiny eyebrow raises: DRIVE WOMEN WILD!

  5. Alison July 22nd, 2010 10:51 pm

    I’d been looking for an arrangement of this – thank you!

  6. Rob NY July 23rd, 2010 3:39 am

    That smiling video is hilarious.To late for me I’m afraid, already have the crows feet.But really, how sad it would be to go around smiling while consciously trying to avoid crows feet? Societies become ever more vain and shallow. I think a pretty face with crows feet, is still a pretty face.

  7. suzalele July 23rd, 2010 1:18 pm

    song -cool
    tabs -great
    eyebrow raise -priceless

  8. Marie July 23rd, 2010 5:41 pm

    @ Carrie .. you’re absolutely right.

  9. Redmond July 23rd, 2010 5:45 pm

    That’s a pretty nice song. Is it a cover of something?

    P.S. Beirut came to SLC last night and I brought my ukulele. I got Zach Condone to sign it…

  10. Woodshed July 24th, 2010 6:19 pm

    Carrie and The tragedy is I can’t raise one eyebrow when I try. So it’s wildness-driving capabilities are wasted.

    Lyndsey: Cheers!

    Rob: Now there’s something we can agree on.

    suzalele: Thanks.

    Redmond: Yes, it is. I should have included it in the post. I blindly assumed everyone would be familiar with it. The original is here.

  11. Bossarocker July 25th, 2010 11:42 am

    I’ve got some yoga/pilates for that Frownies woman’s face – it’s called my fist.

  12. cardboardfrog July 25th, 2010 3:46 pm

    hmmmm it would appear woodshed has hit upon sexual dynamite with these tiny eyebrow raises! i shall have to try them out.
    i love the adaption too, as always woodshed, great work.
    @bossarocker, i think its a long line to stand in if you wannt to punch bjork in the face.

  13. Shoshanna July 25th, 2010 8:53 pm

    I find out about so many awesome songs from your site! Thanks for putting this up.

  14. Woodshed July 25th, 2010 10:27 pm

    Bossa: Remind me not to mess with you.

    cbf: I don’t think she was talking about Bjork. Anyone wanting to punch Bjork would have to get through me. I think she’s great.

    Shoshanna: You’re very welcome.

  15. Lorraine Bow July 31st, 2010 8:25 pm

    Ha ha! This video deserves all the feedback. The eyebrow raise suits you, as does the cheeky grin… more please!

    One of my favourite songs, covered in a way I didn’t think possible on my favourite instrument. You rock Al.

  16. Lorraine Bow July 31st, 2010 8:26 pm

    Ha ha! This video deserves all the feedback. The eyebrow raise suits you, as does the cheeky grin… more please!

    One of my favourite songs, covered in a way I didn’t think possible on my favourite instrument. :)

  17. Woodshed August 3rd, 2010 5:35 pm

    Lorraine: Thanks very much. Smile quota for the year all worn out, though.

  18. Mouli10 August 4th, 2010 7:23 pm

    By the way, the original singer is Betty Hudson, but thanks a lot for this tab :)

  19. Carrie Griffin August 4th, 2010 7:30 pm

    @Mouli10 Hutton, I believe. Was this in a musical? Umbrellas of Cherbourg? I haven’t seen that so I just sort of assume every old song that seems like it’s from a musical was in Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

  20. Woodshed August 4th, 2010 8:01 pm

    Mouli10: Betty Hutton, but yeah. And I think it was an German song before that. *Goes to do research…*

    “This version, in turn, was a cover of the Austrian song Und jetzt ist es still, performed by Horst Winter in 1948, written by Austrian composer Hans Lang and Erich Meder.”

    I think that answers your question, Carrie.

  21. Mouli10 August 17th, 2010 4:21 am

    Oops, nevermind :x

    thanks for theses explanations!

  22. Noelia January 6th, 2011 7:30 pm

    I´m in love with this version !!! thanks a lot.

  23. Woodshed January 16th, 2011 11:45 am

    Noelia: Thanks very much. Glad you like it.

  24. Carla Kessler January 17th, 2011 9:51 pm

    This is great! Did you transpose it up to G from the original key of Eb because it goes too low in Eb for the uke to play all the notes?

    Many thanks,

  25. shp February 4th, 2011 7:59 am

    i watch this every time i feel sad. never stop doing what you do.

  26. Chris January 22nd, 2014 8:51 pm

    The dude doing quiet, is off the hook!!

    I’ve seen many players… Got skill and soul

    I’m just starting out, doing well, learning cords..
    It’s so awesome

  27. Woodshed January 23rd, 2014 8:03 am

    Chris: Thanks very much!

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