Blondie/Imelda May – Dreaming (Chords)

Imelda May – Dreaming (Chords)

I’ve been enjoying Anything Goes Orchestra’s album Mr Otis Regrets recently which includes a ukulele cover of Imelda May’s Johnny Got a Boom Boom. Then Imelda May came out with this ukulele cover of Blondie. And next week I assume Blondie are releasing their Anything Goes Orchestra ukulele tribute CD soon to complete the circle.

That got me wondering what the longest chain of ukulele covers is. Here’s my best attempt:

– Kristina G did a ukulele cover of Summer Vibe by Walk off the Earth.
– Who did a ukulele cover of From Me to You by Paul McCartney (and John Lennon).
– Who did a ukulele cover of Something by George Harrison.
– Who did a ukulele cover of Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Arlen and Koehler.

If you’ve got a good ukulele cover chain leave it in the comments.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this strum all the way through:

d – d u – u d u

When you have two bars of the same chord a good alternative is:

d – d u – u d u
– u d u – u d u

Twiddly Bits

Dreaming (Riffs Tab)

Al (super cool name for a ukulele player) integrates the riff from the original version into his ukulele version. In the verse this riff takes the place of the C – F move:


And the chorus this is used in the C – F part:


Blondie Version

Blondie – Dreaming (Chords)

The Blondie version is two frets higher. Which makes it a little more tricky to play on uke but still very playable.

Requested by RobNY and AlistairC.


Buy the Imelda May versionbuy the Blondie version

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  1. mictoboy May 20th, 2014 10:26 pm

    nice to see Mark Kermode out and about :)

  2. RobNY May 21st, 2014 6:15 am

    Thanks again Al. I really love Blondie and this cover. I appreciate the tabbing.

  3. Woodshed May 21st, 2014 6:22 am

    mictoboy: The last time I mentioned Kermode the BBC got mad at me!

    RobNY: You’re very welcome, Rob. Any time.

  4. AlistairC May 21st, 2014 5:41 pm

    Al, I would like to second those thanks. I was trying out the riffs at 7:30am this morning in the Teesdale Hotel (almost certainly the first time that place has been referenced on any uke site!)

    The strumming suggestions are also greatly appreciated.

  5. Charlie Oh May 22nd, 2014 1:40 pm

    I’m so glad you decided to tab this. You’re the best, lovely way to break in my newest uke.
    Thank you, thank you!

  6. Liz May 23rd, 2014 3:01 pm

    Lovely version of this song, thank you for tabbing it! Now I just need to learn to sing like Imelda May…

  7. Woodshed May 24th, 2014 9:19 am

    Liz: Good luck with the singing! If you manage it I’ll be first in line to buy your record.

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