Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer – The Crack Song (Chords)

Mr B – The Crack Song

After a couple of his cover medleys it’s about time I did one of Mr B’s own tunes. And, I have to say, it makes a pleasant change to write out the lyrics of someone with good diction.

I did the chord sheet based on the version on O.G. Original Gentleman. Which has a few differences from the video version. It’s much longer. The banjolele is in D-tuning for the video and slightly sharp of that on the record. Here’s the version of the chords if you’re playing in standard tuning with a capo at the second (and a half) fret.

Mr B – The Crack Song (Standard Tuning)

Suggested Strumming

For the opening part, it’s just down strums.

When it picks up you can use this as the main pattern:

d – d – d u d u

For the quick chord changes at the end of the line you can do:

d – d –

For each. There are some really quick chord changes in the last verse that just need one down strum.

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  1. Logan October 11th, 2011 9:56 pm

    I haven’t liked Mr. B’s compilations very much, mostly for his vocal style, and crack jokes usually don’t do much for me, but this is pretty damn funny. I’m looking forward to banging this one out.

  2. Fran October 12th, 2011 5:38 pm

    I’m sorry, I don’t quite understand, the first set of chords is for a D tuning. The second set is for G tuning with a capo where?

  3. Ron Ajemian October 12th, 2011 6:56 pm


    Nice Job! Can you please tell me the Make and
    Model of Mr. B’s Banjolele in this video.

    Thanks much.

    Best regards,


  4. Alex J. October 12th, 2011 9:42 pm

    Yesssss! I’m so glad you finished this one out in standard tuning as well. You never cease to impress, Woodshed!

  5. lindydanny October 13th, 2011 1:12 pm

    Hehe… Logan said “bang”.

    Fran, I may be wrong, but I think that the tuning for this is D6 tuning. You have the choice of either retuning the uke or using a capo at the second fret to get the same effect. Alternatively, you could just play the chords without retuning (or capo) and it would be like taking the song down a full step.

    Mr. B’s character has grown on me. The fact that he has committed so much to it is kind of impressive. And, it is such a simple mash-up of aristocratic English gentleman and rapper that it almost could pass for that weird uncle that my parents never talk about anymore.


  6. george October 14th, 2011 5:59 pm

    This is really good but can you do a tab for the complicated banjolele solo please? Thanks!

  7. Ron Ajemian October 14th, 2011 6:34 pm

    Can you please tell me the Make and
    Model of Mr. B’s Banjolele in this video.

    Thanks much.

    Best regards,


  8. lindydanny October 14th, 2011 9:46 pm

    It’s an Ashbury according to an interview with him.

  9. potsac November 1st, 2011 1:10 am

    hey how do you play the c7 chord in d-tuning?

  10. potsac November 1st, 2011 1:13 am

    wait nvm i found it. thanks for putting this song up, you’re pretty friggin dope.

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