Zooey Deschanel – You Forgot About Valentine’s Day (Chords)

Zooey Deschanel – You Forgot About Valentine’s Day (Chords)

It’s not hard to work out the musical inspiration for Zooey Deschanel’s Saturday Night Live song. The intro and verse chords are almost identical to her version of What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?.

But after that the swirly, hotel-lobby piano makes it tricky to work out what to do on a ukulele. I had my best shot at doing those parts in the write up. But I’m not entirely happy with it so feel free to make changes.

Related thought: what is it with ukers and skinny moons?

Suggested Strumming

While she’s playing the uke the strumming is pretty straight forward. You can just do down strums – two for each chord – most of the time. For a fuller pattern try:

d – d u

In the middle section I like to do just down strums but cutting them short by releasing the pressure on them. Then follow with this little bit.

Which sounds like this:


Twiddly Bits

If you want to play the big band outro you can do it like this:


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  1. Dan February 21st, 2012 6:58 pm

    Thanks Woodshed! I watched this about a half dozen times :)

  2. Michelle February 24th, 2012 2:31 pm

    Thanks!!! I just couldn’t figure out that piano bit… I love Zooey’s songs…she sings right in my range :-)

  3. Woodshed February 24th, 2012 4:06 pm

    Dan: You’re welcome!

    Michelle: Glad to help.

  4. Chris February 25th, 2012 2:30 pm

    Very nice! Skinny moons say “romantic tropical nights”, maybe? I got nothing.

  5. Woodshed February 26th, 2012 3:22 pm

    Chris: Yeah, it definitely has a jazz-era feel to it.

  6. Amanda February 27th, 2012 3:03 pm

    Love it, more Zooey is only a good thing, as long as I don’t have to date her. I’d rather just watch, and listen from afar.

    The skinny moon thing? I find it’s just a wistful girl thingy really. I know quite a few female steampunkers who like the skinny moon, ditto standard gothy type people, and all the elfins adore them. I think it’s probably because a skinny moon has that “I have potential, and you’re gonna see it.” look to it.

  7. Woodshed February 27th, 2012 11:38 pm

    Amanda: Oh, that’s a very good theory. I’ll have to steal it.

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