Walk off the Earth – Little Boxes (Chords)

Walk off the Earth/Malvina Reynolds – Little Boxes

Now that Netflix has made its way to the UK, I’ve been binging on episodes of the middle-class meth-dealer show Breaking Bad. I’m slightly concerned about what I’m going to do when I’ve watched them all. The plan is to take the edge off by watching the middle-class pot-dealer show Weeds.

Which brings us to this song which was used as the Weeds theme tune.

Suggested Strumming

I’ve done it slightly differently this time. Instead of say ‘play this twice for blah blah…’ I’ve set it out so you can just do this pattern once each time you see a chord:

d – d u d u


The only exception is at the end of each verse. There do two downs on the F and one on the C7 before going back to the pattern. (Let me know in the comments if you want me to do that more in the future or never again.)

Or you could just do one strum each and follow it with some box slamming like they do in the video.

Twiddly Bits

You can play a version of the slide lick at the end like this:

Which sounds like this:


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  1. Dan April 17th, 2012 6:46 pm

    Breaking Bad is AWESOME! I didn’t know what to do after I finshed it either.

    Thanks for the chords and twiddly bits.

    I have started to use the term “twiddly bits” with my uke band members. They like it ;)

  2. Jordan April 18th, 2012 12:20 am

    Gah I have been wanting the chords for this song ever since I saw the video. Not to mention I wouldn’t mind one of those cigar box ukuleles… Thanks Woodshed!

  3. Waldemar Perez April 18th, 2012 2:00 am

    Very nice tab, fell in love with this silly song, thanks so much for tabbing it!

  4. Woodshed April 18th, 2012 11:00 am

    Dan: Very glad to see ‘twiddly bits’ finally catching on!

    Jordan: I saw someone on Tumblr saying their granddad made that ukulele. Can’t find it now though.

    Waldemar: You’re welcome!

  5. Woodshed April 18th, 2012 11:02 am

    Jordan: Found it!

  6. Leah April 18th, 2012 2:23 pm

    We are anxiously awaiting new episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ on Netflix, and in the meantime are trying to make do with ‘Weeds’. I think my favorite part of ‘Weeds’ is the Ticky Tacky song.

  7. @alnapp April 18th, 2012 3:47 pm

    Ace, not least because a fancy doing a version taking the piss out of the current O2 ad

    Also, I like the simple strumming instructions, more please

  8. LonnaB April 18th, 2012 4:23 pm

    Wow! I think I might have suggested this song about three years ago :) Great post, Woodshed.

  9. davidx April 18th, 2012 8:13 pm

    Brill! love it…nice easy one for us newbies to get stuck into,many thanks Woodshed

  10. RobNY April 19th, 2012 1:21 pm

    Very nice. Lovely song. Think I might watch weeds after I finish the Lost series.

  11. Woodshed April 20th, 2012 7:17 am

    Leah: If series 4 isn’t on Netflix by the time I’m done with series 3 I think I might need to find… other methods.

    @alnapp: Thanks!

    Lonna: I thought it was even longer than that!

    davidx: You’re welcome.

    RobNY: Have you seen Breaking Bad? I think you’d really like it.

  12. RobNY April 20th, 2012 12:52 pm

    Thanks Al.I will check out Breaking Bad.

  13. Jordan April 20th, 2012 4:45 pm

    Ah well there’s the whole making of the video on youtube and the guy who they show explaining the whole process “Daddy Mojo” looks a bit young to be anyones grandpa.

  14. Woodshed April 22nd, 2012 11:21 pm

    Jordan: Thanks, I’ll have to check that video out.

  15. RHinomonster May 19th, 2012 8:03 am

    I love you!

  16. Woodshed May 19th, 2012 11:22 am

    RHinomonster: I love me too.

  17. Tom June 7th, 2012 10:52 am

    Awesome! thanks woodshed ;)

    By the way some one knows what’s the percussion instrument is, in the beginning?

  18. Woodshed June 9th, 2012 3:14 pm

    Tom: I think they’re just cardboard tubes cut to different lengths.

  19. Chris Young August 24th, 2012 4:06 pm

    Thanks for this. But I don’t understand the TAB notation. What are the chords?

  20. Chris Young August 24th, 2012 4:09 pm

    Ignore that last comment. I was trying to extract a tune out of the lick. I still don’t understand it, but at least feel I don’t need to!

  21. Woodshed August 24th, 2012 10:38 pm

    Chris: Still worth learning to read tab. There’s a guide to reading tab here.

  22. Livia January 10th, 2013 1:36 pm

    thanks so much! love walk off the earth!

  23. Woodshed January 10th, 2013 2:18 pm

    Livia: You’re welcome!

  24. Dympna Kilby January 11th, 2013 2:39 pm

    Any chance of some more Walk off the Earth songs, Gang of Rhythm for instance…..please?

  25. Woodshed January 12th, 2013 8:23 am

    Dympna: Definitely a chance.

  26. Livia January 14th, 2013 3:14 pm

    Gang of Rhythm is awesome!!! or Red Hands maybe?

  27. Woodshed January 15th, 2013 7:10 am

    Livia: Red Hands is my favourite of theirs. The internet seems to prefer Gang of Rhythm though.

  28. Livia January 15th, 2013 8:18 pm

    I like Red Hands most too, but I can’t wait til they release their album in march. “Revo” will be on it, a song they played at the begin of their shows and which is pretty awesome!

  29. Joselynn April 21st, 2013 4:08 pm

    PLEASE PLEASE PPLLLEEEAAASSSEEE do gang of rhythm it’s my favourite song and I’m still learning ukelele so it would be a good song to learn I already know I’m yours my Jason mraz(got that song from here) and I’m learning little boxes too.

  30. Woodshed April 21st, 2013 4:25 pm

    Joselynn: You never know. I might.

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