Neil Hannon – So Long And Thanks For All The Fish (Chords)

Neil Hannon and Joby Talbot – So Long And Thanks For All The Fish (Chords)

This has the longest chord list of any song I’ve done. That’s thanks to a key change, a choromatic middle section, some essential inversions and lashings of jazziness.

I wrote it up at the behest of Ukulelezo. She, quite sensibly, simplified it for her version by ditching the key change and the instrumental section.

Twiddly Bits

The intro sounds a bit daft on the ukulele, but – hey – it’s a daft song anyway.


The outro is dead simple:


If you’re sticking in the key of C – like Zoe does – play exactly the same thing on the g-string.

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  1. mictoboy June 7th, 2011 7:45 pm

    Nice work and thanks for the effort. It’s such a shame that (like the film) this song is disappointing. As a longterm fan of the Divine Comedy, it’s a shame they’ve ended up parodying themselves.

    Won’t stop me playing it though!

  2. Woodshed June 7th, 2011 11:32 pm

    mictoboy: I’d say the film was a lot more disappointing than the song. I like it.

  3. Stuie June 8th, 2011 2:07 am

    Oh man, I would’ve killed for this on towel day.
    This song is awesome, let no one speak ill of it
    Now I’m going to try and ingrain these alternative A and G chords you’re making me use.
    More of this sort of thing.

    By the by, I am literally listening to the UkeHunt podcast right now, very summery, despite it being the christmas one.

  4. Muzz June 8th, 2011 8:52 am

    Now thats a chord progression… sheesh.

  5. Woodshed June 8th, 2011 9:54 am

    Stuie: I do apologise for my tardiness. Glad you’re enjoying the Christmas podcast!

    Muzz: Tell me about it!

  6. Narciso Lobo June 8th, 2011 4:52 pm

    I have also done things at the behest of Ukulelezo.

  7. Elliot Rees June 8th, 2011 6:11 pm

    Love playing this jazzy number :D
    I’m no expert on the uke, but once you get over the ridiculous number of chords, it’s not that hard to play either :)

  8. Ukulelezo June 8th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Thanks again, Al!

    Seeso – and you enjoyed every one. ;)

  9. Woodshed June 9th, 2011 12:21 am

    Narciso: I’m sure we’re not the only boys she’s led astray.

    Elliot: Yeah, it’s mostly fairly easy once you commit it to memory.

    Zoe: You’re welcome.

  10. Mike June 9th, 2011 3:13 pm

    Thanks so Much for the Chart! Great work…
    (and I’ve got my towel)

  11. Woodshed June 9th, 2011 5:33 pm

    Mike: You’re welcome!

  12. Emily June 10th, 2011 7:00 pm

    Thanks for fueling my Neil-fever. I need to find a lounge singer to date.

    Such a silly and wonderful song (that’s been stuck in my head since you posted it)! Thanks, Al!

  13. Woodshed June 10th, 2011 11:07 pm

    Emily: You’re very welcome!

  14. KevinH November 7th, 2011 5:06 pm

    I think I am the only person who liked both the book and the film.

  15. Woodshed November 8th, 2011 8:43 am

    KevinH: I think you might be!

  16. Luke March 24th, 2012 2:50 pm

    where are the chords?

  17. Woodshed March 24th, 2012 4:44 pm

    Luke: Where it says ‘Click here to download Neil Hannon and Jody Talbot – So Long And Thanks For All The Fish (Chords)’ in a big orange box.

  18. Roisin June 9th, 2013 2:17 am

    I’m having trouble fitting the chords for the long “so long so long” part after the key change with the vocal part. I’ve tried using the video posted here but it still wont fit. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong is there anyway you can help?

  19. Rudy September 15th, 2016 7:30 pm

    Thanks Al for doing such great work on this song. I have one question for anyone who can answer it, in the instrumental section? Does each chord get one bar? And after that outro riff, do you just hit a final D chord just to end the song or does it end on a G chord (something about jazz theory I can’t remember)? Thanks

  20. Woodshed September 16th, 2016 11:17 am

    Rudy: Thanks very much! I haven’t got a uke with me but I think you’re right about each chord getting a bar (but two bars for the last chord). I’m pretty sure the last chord is a D.

  21. Jenny October 6th, 2016 10:54 pm

    Thanks very much for the chords – but you’ve got his name wrong – it’s Joby Talbot, not Jody. x

  22. Woodshed October 7th, 2016 3:31 pm

    Jenny: Thanks very much for the correction.

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