Karen O – The Moon Song (from Her) (Chords and Tab)

Karen O – The Moon Song (Chords)

By my reckoning the last ukulele song to win the Best Song Oscar was Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head in 1969.

But that could change this year with the nomination of Karen O’s The Moon Song this year. The song was written for the Spike Jonze film Her where it’s performed by Joaquin Phoenix playing ukulele and Scarlett Johansson playing a Siri. Here’s a ukulele-based précis if you need to catch up.

I’ve written up two versions of the song. Above is the plain chords based on the Karen O guitar version. And below the ukulele picking version from the movie.

Suggested Strumming

For the main pattern you can use:

d – d u – u d u

Do that once each for Dm and G. You can do it twice for the C chord. Or you can do this:

d – d u – u d u
– u d u d u d –

Just do one down strum each for the F and Fm.

Picking Version

The Moon Song (Picking Version)(Tab)

The ukulele version has the same basic chords but a few different inversions. That means you can switch chord inversions as you see fit. Here’s Liz doing an excellent version by combining the picking with the open chords.

The arrangement, though, is slightly different. The intro is longer and there’s a verse missing.

I’ve suggested a thumb and two fingers picking pattern (shown in the first bar and repeated all the way through). It doesn’t seem to be what he’s using but it’s what I’d recommend.


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  1. Brad January 29th, 2014 7:16 am

    I was looking for this for a while and suddenly 3 or 4 ukulele tabs pop up at once!

    I prefer strumming the F and Fm a little differently, but other than that, spot on (Y)

  2. Woodshed January 29th, 2014 11:18 am

    Brad: Thanks!

  3. David January 29th, 2014 1:30 pm

    Just had a baby girl 12 days ago, looks like this will be our lullaby!

  4. Woodshed January 29th, 2014 1:33 pm

    David: Congratulations!

  5. tooney January 30th, 2014 12:11 pm

    Happy New Year, Al – I’ve been eagerly awaiting your return, and really like your first post of 2014. One I can play right away. Thank you!

  6. Woodshed January 31st, 2014 11:06 am

    tooney: Happy New Year to you too! It’s good to be back.

  7. DeiahDrummer February 2nd, 2014 1:20 am

    Thanks!! :)

  8. Alec February 2nd, 2014 7:18 am

    Youcunt are back! Finally, and welcome.

    Thanks for these. I thought for sure you’d start the new year with some Inside Llewyn Davis.

  9. Woodshed February 2nd, 2014 8:26 am

    DeiahDrummer: You’re welcome!

    Alec: That seems like something I’d do!

  10. lola February 5th, 2014 12:29 am

    Right after seeing Her, I came home and taught myself how to play this.. I’m happy to see you post the picking!! Thank you! Such a beautiful song.

  11. Woodshed February 5th, 2014 7:55 am

    lola: You’re very welcome!

  12. Luciana February 15th, 2014 12:52 am

    I saw the movie and just fell in love with the song and ukuleles! I’ve been doing some research about them and trying to see which one I should buy. What size of ukulele does Joaquin play? I think it’s a concert but I’m not sure, I’d like this to be the first song I’d play on the ukulele.

  13. Woodshed February 15th, 2014 10:23 am

    Luciana: Yep, I’d say concert too.

  14. Luciana February 15th, 2014 3:07 pm

    Thanks a lot, Woodshed! And thanks for the chords too.

  15. Woodshed February 16th, 2014 8:03 am

    Luciana: You’re welcome!

  16. Liz February 17th, 2014 1:04 am

    Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing this. ^_^ I learned the song over the weekend and I love it. I decided to combine the film version with the Karen O one. Here’s how it came out:


  17. Woodshed February 17th, 2014 7:44 am

    LIz: That’s fantastic! I’ve added a link to the post.

  18. Sadrac February 28th, 2014 7:09 pm

    Thanks a lot! It’s really quit simple to play. (:

  19. Woodshed March 1st, 2014 8:51 am

    Sadrac: You’re welcome!

  20. lokijki March 8th, 2014 11:24 pm

    Thanks so much for this! Absolutely love this song, and the movie. :)

  21. Woodshed March 9th, 2014 10:33 am

    lokijki: You’re very welcome!

  22. Afonso March 20th, 2014 11:32 pm

    … bealtiful song…
    … im not crying…

  23. Woodshed March 21st, 2014 6:28 am

    Afonso: It’s okay, you can cry!

  24. tbone April 27th, 2014 4:13 pm

    Nice. There’s a delightful pretty/ugliness to that harmony in the Karen O version.

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