Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime (Chords)

Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime (Chords)

I can relate to this song’s take on summer. Not so much the drinking, driving and leching. More the writing half a line of a song, running out of brain power and just lapsing into dee-dee-dees. This song has some seriously awful lyrics. But the main reason I’m tabbing it is Tom Richter‘s excellent ukulele version.

The only downside with the version is that he’s using the very high E- tuning (b-E-G#-C#). But it’s very easy to replecate that tuning by slapping a capo on the fourth fret.

If you don’t have a capo, here are the chords in non-capo form:

In the Summertime (No Capo Chords)

Suggested Strumming

Here’s a simple strum you can use all the way through:

d u x u – u d u

Twiddly Bits

In the Summertime (Intro Tab)

Here’s a tab of that fantastic intro.

For the solo the basic chords are the same as the verse. But he’s throwing in all sorts of variations: 6, 7, sus2, sus4. Knock yourself out.


Buy the original on iTunes
Subscribe to tomrichtermusic on YouTube

View Comments


  1. gunnee July 30th, 2014 5:47 am

    I have always loved that song since it first came out. thanks

  2. Howard July 30th, 2014 7:36 am

    I do this in F, no capo. First ‘weather’s high’, rhymes with sky. Great song and interesting strum.

  3. Woodshed July 30th, 2014 8:08 am

    gunnee: You’re welcome!

    Howard: Thanks.

  4. Mark England July 30th, 2014 8:25 am

    Hi Al, sorry to be a pain but you mention Capo 3rd in the text but Capo 4th on the sheet. Some, much like myself, are easily confused..

  5. Woodshed July 30th, 2014 2:05 pm

    Mark: Argh! Thanks very much for letting me know. It should be 4th in the text.

  6. tripleM August 1st, 2014 3:37 pm

    Awesome, thanks for doing this!

    *starts practising right now*

  7. Woodshed August 2nd, 2014 11:14 am

    tripleM: Happy practicing.

  8. Tom Richter December 14th, 2014 1:24 am

    Thanks for the interest in my version, and good job on the TAB- except:
    In bar 2 (and thereafter) where you notated the 2nd fret on the third string, it should be the 3rd fret, for that dissonant banjo sound.

  9. Woodshed December 15th, 2014 1:51 pm

    Tom: Thanks very much for the correction. And great work with the arrangement.

  10. kyle February 9th, 2015 7:13 pm

    whats the X in the suggested strumming pattern?

  11. Woodshed February 10th, 2015 12:12 pm

    kyle: They’re chnks.

  12. Maria August 21st, 2015 5:24 am

    What kind of wonderful ukulele is that in the video? A mele?

  13. Woodshed August 23rd, 2015 7:26 am

    Maria: It’s a Lyon and Healy Camp ukulele.

Sorry, Comments Are Broken Right Now