Weezer/Sarah Blackwood – Say It Ain’t So (Chords)

Weezer/Sarah Blackwood – Say It Ain’t So (Chords)

The vote for Ukulele Video of the Year starts tomorrow. You’ll have to wait until then to see the nominees. One thing I will reveal: Walk off the Earth didn’t make the cut. A surprise to me given how huge a year they had last year. In order to console this huge blow to their career, here’s WOTE’s Sarah Blackwood and her Big Muff covering Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So.

I’ve tabbed up this version. But if you want to play it in the same key as Weezer play the same chords with a capo on the third fret.

Suggested Strumming


The intro combines chords and a bit of picking like this:



In the verse you’re strumming on the off-beats. Also, rest your hand on the string afterwards so they should short.

– d – d

For the F and the C at the end of the verse do the same as at the end of the intro: d u x on F then one up strum for C.

Together they sound like this:

Verse Strum


Do this once each for Am and E:

d u x x

Once each for Am and E.

Then for F: d u x
Then C: u – u d u

Notice you’re coming in on the C on the up-strum; slightly earlier than the down strum you come in on the other chords. At the end of the intro/chorus just hold the first up-strum on the C.

Together they sound like this:

Chorus Strum

Twiddly Bits

There’s little bit of picking at the end of the verses:


And the big solo goes like this:



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  1. Ron Hale February 12th, 2013 11:56 pm

    Maybe you need to expand the poll, Al. Not just Video of the Year, but Band of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, New Talent of the Year, etc.

    Break the Video of the Year down into categories.
    Live performance, music video, etc.

    There are just so many of these things now. I’m still finding 2012 videos that rearrange my top picks.

    I’ll bet there are still some great 2012 videos that haven’t been seen by more than a few people.
    YT just can’t present every ukulele video every day, just too many. You have to dig, sometimes deep.

    And not all videos with ukes are tagged as such.
    Not all uke-tagged videos have the instrument in them.

    Interesting to note that certain songs come into favor for uke covers in a huge way all of a sudden. And old favorites drop into disfavor. Saw the first cover of “Mr. Sandman”
    in ages just yesterday. At one time it was everywhere on YT.

    New ukers, especially younger ones, are turning the instrument into a pop music machine. As older players die out so will older uke tunes. Bye bye Tin Pan Alley. Hello song-of-the-moment.

    When we’re no longer around “I’m Yours” will be considered a traditional ukulele song. Traditional Hawaiian music will drown in a sea of treacly tropical pop.

    One area immune from these ravages is George Formby stuff. Always videos of hot-shot English kids (sometimes dressed for the part) slinging their banjo ukes and doing all sorts of super strums. Youth who just don’t care about the latest top of the pops and who can’t get enough of good old George. Go figure.

    As long as there’s an England there will be a George Formby Society. St. George indeed.

    Of course, we look at this from our Western perspective. What about the videos coming out of Asia? How do we keep track of them? Huge numbers. Perhaps the best video of any given year is one of them. We wouldn’t know.

    I’m looking south to Mexico these days. Fertile uke ground. And then Central America and South America (apart from perennial Brazil).

    Anyway… WOTE didn’t make it. Harder to make the finals than win in the finals. Whatever happened to puppet videos?

    Why does Dent May play only guitar (at least on video) these days? Why did Patti Plinko give up the uke? Why did the Tiger Lilies abandon the ukulele?

    When was the last time you saw a new Mad Tea video?

    Almost forgot. Did you know, Al, that Pockets
    has taken his kazookeylele and joined TUKUO?

    And what is it with Germany and Brit uke orchestras? Why do they spend so much time there?

  2. Woodshed February 13th, 2013 10:28 am

    Ron: That’s not going to happen. I’m much more likely to just stop doing the video vote.

  3. Livia February 13th, 2013 8:21 pm

    Thanks for this! Love this song!! :)

  4. Woodshed February 13th, 2013 9:45 pm

    Livia: You’re welcome!

  5. Olive February 14th, 2013 2:09 am

    I love this song! One of the few songs on this site I ignored my “learning queue” or what have you to learn asap. I was doing pretty good with the singing and strumming, but I burst out laughing when I saw “SAY IT AIN’T SOLO”

  6. Woodshed February 14th, 2013 11:43 am

    Olive: Sorry to interrupt your performance!

  7. emilie March 23rd, 2013 6:23 pm

    is it just me that thinks this is lennon and maisy in a few years
    dont know them? check them out

  8. Woodshed March 24th, 2013 9:18 am
  9. panda April 15th, 2013 1:59 am

    Ukulele Big Muff FTW!! One of my Weezer favs, really nice cover!

  10. Woodshed April 15th, 2013 7:35 am

    panda: Glad you enjoyed it.

  11. KT May 4th, 2013 9:59 pm


  12. KT May 4th, 2013 10:03 pm


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

    KT: Thanks!

  14. Dan October 19th, 2013 8:33 pm

    Woodshed, awesome post. Many thanks.

    I was wondering if you could clarify something. What is the strumming pattern during the bridge?

    Also, I can’t seem to figure out the strumming pattern at the end of the middle (the Am, E, F, C part).

    Any help would be appreciated. I love this song!

  15. Woodshed October 20th, 2013 4:48 pm

    Dan: You could do “d u” on the Am and F. And one long upstrum on the E and C.

  16. Rachel June 22nd, 2015 3:42 pm

    Does anyone know what peddle she is using?

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