Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight (Tabs and Chords)

The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight (Tabs and Chords)

A song to support the embattled ukulele brother Billy Corgan. I think he was remarkably restrained. I would have Axled the guy.

Besides that, it’s an incredible song. And a complicated one. No two verses, chorus or bridges are the same. Getting it to sound right on uke takes some finangling. So the pdf is a bit messy and it’ll require some explanation.


Even the tuning isn’t straight forward. It’s tuned down, but not quite half a step. Here are some tuning notes.

Tuning Notes


For the intro I’ve written it up as the full guitar part – with the occasional added C note on both the G and Em chords. If you’re playing along with the song, you can just play straight G and Em chords. Which is what I’ve written up when this section pops up later in the song.


Main Riff

A fun little fingerpicking riff to play. I’m picking with thumb covering g and C; index finger on E string and middle finger on the A string.

Main Riff

This is Riff 2 in the tab. Riff 1 is just the first two bars of this.


Not too much to worry about here. But watch out for the final C chord. In the first bridge it lasts two bars, in the second it lasts one bar.


In the chorus I’ve thrown in the string part as well. It is slightly tricky to play. If you want to avoid it, Am would seem like the obvious choice. But, and I can’t explain why, G sounds like the best chord to me.


And I think that covers it.

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  1. Sebi August 3rd, 2010 9:29 pm

    Wow, this is phenomenal. It sounds truly beautiful. Great work my friend.

    How much would I love to see and hear these ukulele arrangements in a complete cover.

  2. Lyndsey August 4th, 2010 3:57 am

    What do you mean the pdf is shaky? This is yet another awesome job you’ve done here. This song is very tricky to play and I think you made it a lot easier than any other site could have.
    And yes, Billy Corgan kept his cool admiringly in that situation. I would have been completely upset.

  3. Jimmy August 4th, 2010 10:00 am

    So i have to tune it down half of a half step? that’s just not even a note

  4. Woodshed August 4th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Sebi: Thanks! I might have a go at doing an instrumental version some time.

    Lyndsey: Thanks very much. I still think there must be a better way to present it.

    Jimmy: Yes, unfortunately. It’s still a note.

  5. Bossarocker August 5th, 2010 9:48 am

    Jimmy – try telling that to most of the non-Western world!

  6. Jimmy August 6th, 2010 12:58 am

    I meant standardly, so i just use a tuner and tune it down half of half a step?

  7. Emily August 6th, 2010 7:04 pm

    Oh my goodness. What a gorgeous song. Thanks again for all you do.

  8. Jimmy August 8th, 2010 7:17 am

    im so stupid, i didn’t look at the tuning on the tab

  9. Rob NY August 8th, 2010 1:36 pm

    I put this comment in the wrong place.
    Nice work!seems drunks and ukuleles don’t mix well

  10. Woodshed August 10th, 2010 7:38 pm

    Emily: Thanks very much.

    Jimmy: Yeah, it’s annoying. The best way is to use your ear to tune to the song itself.

    Rob: I was wondering what you were referring to with the comment on the other thread!

  11. KrankerKris March 23rd, 2012 6:01 pm

    Can you please do “Today” from the mighty smashing pumpkins as well? pretty please :)

  12. Guggalele December 5th, 2012 4:49 am

    I live on things that challenge me on the ukulele, and this was just what I needed. I song that I knew well and really wanted to play. I’ve only been playing for about 5 months and was sooo happy to play this song. Thanks!

  13. Woodshed December 5th, 2012 7:26 am

    Guggalele: You’re very welcome!

  14. Uwe May 31st, 2013 9:35 am

    An amazing piece of chords and tabs! I’ve been playing the ukulele for one week now and I am very happy to know your website!

  15. Woodshed June 1st, 2013 7:42 am

    Uwe: Thank you very much!

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