Gorillaz – Revolving Doors (Tab)

Damon Albarn is no stranger to the ukulele. He used one with Blur on Jets. And it’s cropped up again on Revolving Doors from the new album by the Gorillaz. And a nice little riff it is too.

I pick it using thumb on g and C, index on E and middle on A.

The chord part later in the song:

C – C6 (0000) – Gm – C6 – C – C6 – C7

The C6s are just passing chords. For the main chords do 6 down strums. And for the C6s do two down strums.

Get it on their website.

Requested by Coline.

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  1. pepamahina January 27th, 2011 10:15 pm

    This one is really fun. I find that it’s easier for me using all four fingers though (thumb on G, index on C, middle finger on E, and ring finger on A). Now that I’ve started picking this its kind of hard to stop…

  2. Woodshed January 28th, 2011 9:53 am

    pepamahina: Yeah, that would definitely work. I wouldn’t like to say how he’s actually playing it. And I’m not entirely sure which way round the picking is – I chose this pattern because it fits both bars neatly.

  3. pepamahina January 28th, 2011 1:43 pm

    Oh my gosh, I don’t know what happened to my text… sorry Al, can you delete it?

  4. pepamahina January 28th, 2011 4:09 pm

    I went looking for some lyrics, and tried translating a bit myself as well. I’m not British, so I always assume that if I clueless it’s because I’m an American (not a bad assumption in general I suppose). So if there are any British-isms in here you can help me with please do. My seven year old daughter said that she thought it sounded like Puppy Dog/Doggy Day…maybe I should have her do a rewrite?

    Revolving doors, what have I done?
    Someone on the TV, a tippin’ lows (sic)
    Revolving doors, what will I become?
    Red neck song

    Paid out for a seven
    But he only got an eigh-eight and now
    I feel that I’m paused, by all the bills
    I seem to run in

    On a foggy day (revolving door/foggy day)
    I sit in a diner, and the Beatles play

    I paid out for a seven, but I only got SOA and now
    I feel that I’m paused, by all the bills
    I seem to run out here
    (Revolving Door/Foggy Day)
    Revolving door
    Stormy on the Eastern Seaboard
    He got silver up his na..ah..ah (sic)

    He paid up for three,
    But got only two
    (Revolving Door/Foggy Day)

    And he said, “Seems I was born to this.”
    “Seems I was born to this.”
    Revolving doors
    Revolving doors

  5. Coline January 29th, 2011 8:38 pm

    Thanks ! :) By the way, there is an other ukulele part in the song Hillbilly man (still on The fall, but it’s just an intro!).

  6. Woodshed January 30th, 2011 3:13 pm

    pepamahina: Thanks for the lyrics. Although I prefer the puppy dog version.

    Coline: Thanks. Might have a go at it depending on the reaction to this one.

  7. Markus January 31st, 2011 2:54 am

    Fun little riff, thanks a lot.

  8. Valk January 31st, 2011 7:52 am

    Thank you so much love this track! :D

  9. Woodshed January 31st, 2011 8:19 pm

    Markus: Glad you like.

    Valk: You’re welcome so much.

  10. Vatsal February 6th, 2011 12:35 am

    love it. incredibly fun to play.

  11. gravitymasta February 12th, 2011 9:22 pm

    I feel like this should be played with a capo on the first fret. Am I wrong?

  12. Kapahala February 23rd, 2011 11:37 pm

    there’s something i dont understand, what is the 5th note tied to(the 2 on the g string)? the same goes for the 5th open note on the 5th measure.

    thanks in advance

  13. Redmond March 9th, 2011 5:00 am


    I think you’re right, it sounds much closer to the song with a capo

  14. Woodshed March 9th, 2011 9:00 pm

    gravitymasta and Redmond: It’s about half way between standard tuning and 1st fret. I suspect the track has been sped up slightly at some point. But that’s only a guess.

    Kapahala: It’s just tied to itself. You keep the note held.

  15. Neom-Sa March 13th, 2011 12:50 am

    The picking is mad fun, but i cant figure out the chord switches or the strumming it sounds like some chords are played longer than others, any ideas on how that part goes?

    thanks man

  16. Woodshed March 13th, 2011 12:01 pm

    Neom-Sa: The C6 chords are just passing chords. For the main chords do 6 down strums. And for the C6s do two down strums.

  17. Neom-Sa March 15th, 2011 3:53 am

    thanks woodshed i owe most of my progession with the ukulele to your website. greatly appreciate your help

  18. Ottsworth April 17th, 2011 2:47 pm


    I think the intro to Hillbilly man is Clean Electric Guitar, could be wrong though…

  19. Ralf May 13th, 2011 11:01 am

    Hi everyone!
    I am very new to the uke and I really love this song.
    As long as I know the chords I can not really learn how to play this song from the tabs, could somebody explain it to me?

  20. Woodshed May 15th, 2011 11:18 am

    Ralf: There’s a guide to reading tab here.

  21. Ralf May 15th, 2011 12:37 pm

    Thank you and I am sorry for being lazy and not looking for it.

  22. Leon June 26th, 2011 3:49 am

    could someone somehow convert this tab to a guitar? i, unfortunately, don’t have an ukulele

  23. Allen August 25th, 2011 3:58 pm

    I’ve been roaming this site for days now and wouldn’t have time to comment on every tab I’ve used so I will just comment on this one.

    YAY! :P

  24. Woodshed August 26th, 2011 6:45 am

    Allen: Thanks for commenting!

  25. Lucas January 13th, 2012 5:39 am

    Thanks so much for this one, Woodshed! Gorillaz are one of my favorite bands of all time, but I had no idea this song existed. Kudos, and a million thanks!

  26. Woodshed January 13th, 2012 11:02 am

    Lucas: Glad you like it!

  27. Benny December 3rd, 2015 7:38 pm

    I get the feeling Daiman used a pick instead of his fingers. I normally wouldn’t, but I gave t a try and it made the song ten times easier. Just a thought…

  28. Woodshed December 4th, 2015 8:06 pm

    Benny: Certainly possible.

  29. Alex March 18th, 2017 2:57 pm

    Thanks for this, I’ll suggest playing this to two friends (base, drums)

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