Eddie Vedder – Longing to Belong (Chords)

Eddie Vedder – Longing to Belong (Chords)

More details coming out about Eddie Vedder’s ukulele album. The latest is that it’s going to be called Ukulele Songs and will be out on the 30th May. It’ll feature a duet with Glen Hansard and a version of Tonight You Belong to Me with Cat Power. And songs will include Goodbye, Can’t Keep and the first single from it: Longing to Belong.

Don’t be surprised if I end up tabbing them all. Pearl Jam were 1/3 of the reason I got into music as a kid.

Suggested Strumming

The main strum is all downs. But you don’t hit every string, every strum. You start by hitting E and A, then g and C twice. Repeat that. Then EA once and gC once.

Later in the song he adds a d-u-d-u to it.

Twiddly Bits

This time around I’m experimenting with including the twiddly bits in the pdf.

First main twiddly bit is the solo. It’s not too tricky and you can follow the chord shapes (if your eyesight is good) or the tab. Feel free to vary it up. He does.

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  1. jsn March 23rd, 2011 2:03 am

    :-) It’s fun to think back to reasons for getting into music as a youngster. And the other 2/3 for yourself…. just out of curiosity?

  2. Jet86 March 23rd, 2011 3:02 am

    I’m looking forward to hearing the full album when it comes out. I think it’s going to be good. It would be great if you tabbed all of them ;)

  3. Alan Bruce March 23rd, 2011 5:19 am

    Thanks Al,

    Didn’t know it would be up so quickly!

    Hope the rest of the album lives up to this one.

  4. Kempo March 23rd, 2011 12:21 pm

    Yeah Al, what were the other 2/3? Nirvana and Pearl Jam got me started when I was about 14 and later on Oasis before Mogwai came along and invaded my head.

    PS the link has expired.

  5. Nateekins March 23rd, 2011 12:47 pm

    Eddie’s one of the main reasons I got interested in ukulele. Soon Forget blew my mind back when that first came out. Then I heard Iz and Jake and I knew I had to check this tiny instrument out.

    I would not be disappointed if you tabbed out his entire album.

  6. Foinnse March 23rd, 2011 1:52 pm

    Video seems to have been taken down. This link does seem to be working at the moment though.
    I’m very interested to see what the full Uke album will be long, good so far!

  7. Ambient Doughnut March 23rd, 2011 11:37 pm

    That’s really nice to play. Harder to pull off the voice I feel… Looking forward to this album now!

  8. Woodshed March 26th, 2011 1:13 pm

    jsn: Nirvana and Metallica.

    Jet86: Yeah, I’m looking forward to it. Particularly the Cat Power collab.

    Alan: You’re welcome.

    Kempo: Yep, Nirvana were another third (along with Metallica). We must be the same age because my trajectory was exactly the same. I had a huge Mogwai/post-rock phase in my university days.

    Nateekins: Good, because there’s a good chance I’ll be tabbing much of it.

    Foinnse: Thanks. I had to change the video in the post before it went up because that one got nuked. I might wait and hope an official version gets put up.

    Ambient: It is fun to play – particularly the solo. I don’t ever attempt singing.

  9. Rob NY March 27th, 2011 6:03 am


  10. Robo March 29th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Longing To Belong: I wonder if that’s what Pearl Jam fans are feeling when they heard that Eddie Vedder’s on tour but tickets cost between $150-162 per pair plus venue and handling fees! Remember when PJ’s complaints about Ticketmaster led the U.S. Department of Justice to open an antitrust investigation into the company’s practices? Guess that was the Nineties.

  11. Woodshed March 31st, 2011 2:22 pm

    Rob: You’re welcome.

    Robo: $150? Jesus! There is no way I’d go for that amount.

  12. Oscar April 1st, 2011 7:28 am

    Eddie Vedder is 100% of the reason I took up my first instrument. The song Rise alone convinced me to pick up the mandolin.

  13. Woodshed April 1st, 2011 8:49 am

    Oscar: I can certainly believe that. Rise is a fantastic song.

  14. Eman April 9th, 2011 6:46 pm

    great tab! good song!

    looking forward to vedders new album.

    How about making a tab for You`re true ? :)

  15. Woodshed April 10th, 2011 8:38 am

    Eman: I’m sure I’ll be tabbing something off the album once it comes out. Might be that one.

  16. Eman April 10th, 2011 10:42 am


  17. Seth April 11th, 2011 11:23 pm

    Thanks for tabbing and sharing! Looking forward to Eddie’s uke album and learning this song in the meantime should be fun.

  18. Woodshed April 12th, 2011 7:19 am

    Eman: Thanks.

    Seth: Have fun with it.

  19. Ric May 3rd, 2011 5:42 pm

    Hey guys, you may be interested in this that has just been announced:


    Ed Vedder Ukulele Song Book :)

  20. Woodshed May 5th, 2011 7:53 am

    Ric: Thanks very much. I may well order myself a copy.

  21. Ben May 9th, 2011 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the tip Ric. Will definitely get one.

  22. Nomad June 3rd, 2011 10:08 pm

    I’ve been playing guitar for a few years and occasionally thought of buying a Uke… I just bought one and fell in love with it and this site. Thanks!! I’ll start working on this song tonight!

  23. Woodshed June 4th, 2011 10:15 am

    Nomad: Thanks! Have fun with it.

  24. Tony June 8th, 2011 4:29 am

    If you were able to do the song Can’t Keep, it’d be amazing!

  25. Woodshed June 8th, 2011 10:02 am

    Tony: It’s up here Can’t Keep.

  26. Josh June 13th, 2011 1:17 am


  27. Woodshed June 13th, 2011 11:50 am

    Josh: If I got to heaven and this was playing I wouldn’t complain.

  28. andres robles July 15th, 2011 5:22 am

    hey… this song have more notes… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9autWoK_KE

    eddie vedder es lo mejor! de gran inspiracion!

    educacion gratuita para chile .. asi podria escribir mejor en ingles rolf!

  29. VedderMad July 22nd, 2011 11:22 am

    This site has taught me so much in such a short space of time – awesome stuff.

    If you ever find the time to TAB the rest of Ukulele Songs I will be eternally grateful!

    I have been teaching myself to play Uke on the kids’ cheap ukes since getting Vedder’s new album – it even sounds great on them so I will be in seventh heaven when I finally get my new tenor uke!

  30. Woodshed July 23rd, 2011 1:08 pm

    VedderMad: Sorry, with there being a book of it I won’t be doing any more.

  31. Alex December 6th, 2011 10:48 pm

    I’m really digging this music by Eddie Vedder! Any chance you can post “Hard Sun” chords up? :D Cheers!

  32. Sandra January 17th, 2012 10:01 pm

    Just discovered Eddie Vedder thanks to this site – thank you!

    Wee query re the how to strum – after playing the ea strings with a down strum is it a down strum again for the following two gc string strums ….all with forefinger or should I be alternating finger and thumb? Or do I just need to put in the practice to get faster?? think I know the answer…Thanks though, learning loads and enjoying even more.

  33. Woodshed January 18th, 2012 6:58 am

    Sandra: I do it all with my finger. I think Eddie is using a pick on this one.

  34. Sandra January 18th, 2012 9:49 pm

    Thanks, will give this a try. Great to get the tab insert too on the chord sheet, thanks!

  35. paulmoody February 1st, 2012 3:24 pm

    Superb. Performing this busking soon!!

  36. Woodshed February 1st, 2012 10:43 pm

    paulmoody: Good luck with the busking.

  37. Shel July 19th, 2012 7:57 am

    I found this tab really useful. Thanks!!! I’ve got is fairly well down in about an hour. Great stuff. It’s a beautiful song.


  38. Artiga November 22nd, 2012 1:02 pm

    Thank u So much!! Eddie is one, and may be the most artist i love, thank u again Woodshed. I know that my next question is not about Eddie, but I don’t know where to post it, but somebody knos the chords for Granny by Vic Chesnutt, it’s impossible to find anywhere, and i feel is not too complicated but i’m not able to do it by myself, yet. Thank you!!

    Granny – Vic Chesnutt

  39. Woodshed November 22nd, 2012 1:14 pm

    Artiga: I think the main part is Dm – Bb – C.

    Then the outro is F – C – Bb – C.

  40. Katie June 29th, 2013 5:18 pm

    Thanks for tabbing this out, this is my favourite ukulele song ever. I was playing it with a completely different strum pattern before I read yours – with yours do you start with the E and A string just the once or twice?

    I’m also struggling with the pattern for the instrumental :(

  41. Katie June 29th, 2013 5:27 pm

    Ahhh… I gotcha on the strum now, sorry. Just gotta work on the instrumental now. Thanks again

  42. Woodshed June 30th, 2013 8:25 am

    Katie: Glad you got the hang of it. Good luck with the instrumental bit.

  43. Yellowfish May 3rd, 2014 1:40 pm

    Great song, thanks !

  44. Woodshed May 4th, 2014 10:23 am

    Yellowfish: Glad you like it.

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