Randy Newman/Blue Dean Carcione – You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Chords)

Randy Newman – You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Chords)

There was a big reaction to Blue Dean Carcione’s magnificent performance of this song when I posted it and Dean was kind enough to pass along his version of the chords/tab for me to write up.

Dean based his version on the Alligator Boogaloo chords but added a few variations and also used a capo at the second fret (making the song in the key of D).

Twiddly Bits

Dean’s intro is spot on and is played like this:

There’s a little bit of filigree on the C chord in the bridge.

You can play that or just stick with a straight C chord.

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+Robert May asked for a slowed down version of the intro so here it is:

Intro Slow

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  1. Katie June 30th, 2011 6:55 pm

    Awesome tab Al! This’ll keep me busy!

    But umm…I think you’ve put the wrong image up for the intro tab? I can only see the chord list for the song at the mo…

  2. Woodshed June 30th, 2011 7:01 pm

    Katie: Thanks very much! Fixed it.

  3. cardboardfrog June 30th, 2011 8:00 pm

    been playing the aligator boogaloo version since i got my uke all those years ago and this version puts mine to shameful shame.
    cheers woodshed.

  4. paulmoody June 30th, 2011 8:36 pm

    I’m only a beginner, but this I need to learn. Thanks so much for this, it’ll keep me going for months I’m sure!!

  5. JeffLost June 30th, 2011 9:27 pm

    This is awesome it’s made my day thank you so much for sharing this with everyone.

  6. winkles July 1st, 2011 10:09 am

    I’ve been playing the Alligator Boogaloo version for a while, but there’s enough new stuff here to help me spice it up a little.

    My copy of ‘Ukulele for Dummies’ arrived from Amazon yesterday too and I’m very pleased with it. Very well done sir.

  7. Foinnse July 1st, 2011 12:50 pm

    I’ve been playing a version posted on Uke tricks for a while now. Its decent but this version has certainly got more lovely “twiddly bits” so I’ll be learning this. Thanks for this post, I really like Blue Deans version.

    I also came home about an hour go and had the lovely surprise of receiving my copy of “ukulele for dummies” too. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into when I have the time. From a brief flick through there looks to be plenty of good stuff to work on, it looks like a good job.

    Cheers! -F

  8. Rachel July 1st, 2011 7:17 pm

    This is great!!! Thank you! I love Randy Newman. I’ll be playing this all the time!

    Also looking forward to Ukulele for Dummies! I’m still waiting for my copy, but I’m sure it’ll be brilliant. Just like everything else you put out.

    Thanks again!

  9. Redmond July 1st, 2011 9:23 pm

    So when I’m in the middle of Tamacun and the tricky version of James Bond you decide to saddle me with this?

    If you say so, Woodshed….

  10. sanford(andsong) July 2nd, 2011 7:18 am

    Blue Dean’s definitely my fave uker lately…great feel and voice. (Bonus points awarded for being a Randy Newman AND Warren Zevon fan)

  11. amy July 3rd, 2011 4:23 am

    Hello! I’ve got a beginner question! Could somebody please tell me which fingers i should use to pick/strum the intro bit?

  12. Nate July 5th, 2011 1:00 am

    Amy: Hey there! I would use my pointer finger to strum the intro, my thumb to pick that one note that’s on the G string, and my pointer to pick those notes on the A string. Good luck! :)

  13. Cait February 29th, 2012 7:03 am

    I love this! But can anyone help me with the strumming pattern he’s using? Thanks!

  14. Jake June 28th, 2012 12:14 am

    you sir… are a genius… not only for this song… but for all you’ve posted! i’ve been playing for 3 weeks now… and down to you ive nailed 2 songs… nearly got this one… and looking to move on up…
    once again… thank you

  15. Woodshed July 2nd, 2012 4:32 pm

    Jake: Thanks very much. I’m very glad it’s useful to you.

  16. Angie May 4th, 2013 11:52 pm

    This song is kind of a challenge for me as a beginner, always have to stop a bit at the intro part in the middle ^^. but I love the song, thanks for the chords

  17. Woodshed May 5th, 2013 4:44 pm

    Angie: Thanks. Good luck getting it together.

  18. Ingrid October 20th, 2015 10:20 am

    Discovered Blue Dean Carcione thanks to your video section. What a magnificent artist! Could you cover his version of Poor Wayfaring Stranger when you get the chance? I would love to be able to play this song like he does! Keep up the good work, you rock!

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