Amanda Palmer – Bigger on the Inside (Chords)

Amanda Palmer – Bigger on the Inside (Chords)

I know from experience that just having Amanda Palmer in the title is going to put off vast swathes of people who read the blog. But all the people who complain when I swear are amongst them so fuck ’em. But she did win many people over with her TED Talk and even more over with her response to the Faily Mail (you should never trust a paper that doesn’t know the difference between a ukulele and a balalaika). And I’ve had some requests for this one so here goes.

The song hasn’t been released yet so I’ve written up this live version.

Don’t be intimidated if you’re unfamiliar with the chord names. They’re all very easy to play. Most of the time she’s just switching between playing the A-string open and at the second fret.

Suggested Strumming

The strumming pattern is dead easy. It’s just down strums all the way through. Eight down strums for each chord for the most part. But 32 on the A7 (best to think of them in groups of 4).

The big challenge with the strum is keeping going. It’s pretty relentless and it’s a long song so it requires a bit of stamina.

Try varying the intensity of the strum in different parts of the song for extra emotional impact.


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  1. Jack Fuller April 9th, 2014 4:28 am

    I feel like I`ve just been “Water Boarded” That was real torture. I hope it doesn`t give the Ukulele a bad name.

  2. Woodshed April 9th, 2014 7:03 am

    Jack: Well, I don’t think it’s supposed to be a comfortable listen.

  3. Al April 9th, 2014 9:23 am

    AFP and a possible Dr Who reference
    Ace :)

  4. Tom April 9th, 2014 9:37 am

    WOW! That REALLY is just plain terrible.

  5. Tisha April 9th, 2014 3:07 pm

    The naysayers appear to have missed the lyrics entirely…
    Thanks for this one! I hope her controversial nature never puts you off posting these – AFP chords make my day every time.

  6. Ben R. April 9th, 2014 5:53 pm

    Shatteringly brave and direct lyrics of the sensitive in uncompromising torrent.
    I am earthquaked.

    (Thanks for the experience. Alas)

  7. Shayna April 9th, 2014 11:22 pm

    Thank you Woodshed for the write-up. I know that AFP is not the easiest person to like all of the time, but this song is haunting, thoughtful and ultimately wrenching.

    This isn’t supposed to be a comfortable song. It’s an expression of a very dark place that she’s been in because of all of the haters out there and this is her way of processing that, because she is an artist who loves music. You don’t have to like it but as fellow people who also love the ukulele I would hope that she could at least be respected for that thing that we all have in common.

  8. Woodshed April 10th, 2014 10:19 am

    Al: I didn’t even spot the Dr Who reference until you mentioned it!

    Tisha: You’re welcome!

    Shayna: Thanks very much!

  9. Al April 10th, 2014 11:09 am

    Well, considering Mr AFP – it’s at least a possible reference :)

  10. Woodshed April 10th, 2014 12:59 pm

    Al: I definitely think you’re right.

  11. OdinRavenwood April 16th, 2014 8:30 pm

    I think the cacophonous sound, the constant onslaught of sound and the dissonance are part of what makes this song so special. With the lyrics being so profoundly hard to bare, considering the nature, the music suits perfectly.

  12. Erin April 16th, 2014 9:03 pm

    Was this video recorded in the academy, Dublin last summer?

  13. flash May 5th, 2014 9:39 pm

    Thanks for this, and for choosing to feature some AFP on the site :)

    For the record, she wasn’t unaware of the Dr Who reference – see her blog from the 12th June 2013 (

  14. Woodshed May 6th, 2014 6:52 am

    flash: Thanks for the link.

  15. S.M. Simone November 5th, 2014 7:36 am

    Thanks for posting these. I’ve pulled a few Amanda Palmer chords off your site since buying my first uke a few days ago, and have enjoyed. Don’t know why just posting chords to Amanda’s music would turn some people, but I agree — fuck em.

    I love this song. Thanks for the chords. Rock on.

  16. Woodshed November 6th, 2014 2:06 pm

    S.M. Simone: You’re welcome! Glad you’re enjoying playing them.

  17. Kala February 8th, 2015 12:57 pm

    Thanks so much for this. Love this song and haven’t been able to figure out the chords myself.

  18. Woodshed February 9th, 2015 9:48 am

    Kala: You’re very welcome! Glad I could help.

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