Lorde/WIUO – Team (Chords)

Lorde/WIUO – Team (Chords)

After 9 years of being together, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have put out their debut album Be Mine Tonight. It’s a collection of songs from New Zealand largely unknown in these more civilised parts. It serves as a guide to all the songs we’ve missed out on from impressively magnificent treasures that should have been global mega-hits to impressively, magnificent cheese.

One song that did make it global is Lorde’s Team. And that’s the one I chose to write up.

Slap a capo on the first fret and the chords are straightforward. Both songs are in the same key and the chords are pretty much identical. So this will work for playing along with both of them.

Suggested Strumming

When I’m playing along with the Lorde version I like to do all downstrums as the main strum. But with the third strum in each group of four emphasised to match the clap. So with the capital D being a strong downstrum:

d d D d

The only difference is the short Dm chords in the chorus and outro. There I just do two downstrums.

Together it sounds like this (slow then up to speed):


The WIUO is a bit more laid back and I go with ‘d u’s as the main strum.

d u d u d u d u


Buy the Lorde version
Buy the WIUO version
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  1. Sara January 26th, 2015 6:41 pm

    I know this isn’t ukulele and this isnt’ Lorde, but this version of Team is aces…


  2. Woodshed January 27th, 2015 11:55 am

    Sara: Thanks for the link! Sometimes I feel like the only person who isn’t a fan of Postmodern Jukebox!

  3. Sara January 28th, 2015 6:20 pm

    I don’t like all of them (personally I think they overreach sometimes), but some of them are very, very good. I like their version of All About That Bass. Puddles Pity Party is it’s own thing, too.

  4. Dave April 28th, 2015 2:57 am

    Thanks Sara and Al. I got stuck down the YouTube rabbit-hole for a few minutes(hours?). The Postmodern Jukebox song Sara posted led to more PMJ and then another and another and then Kate Davis in “All About That (Upright) Bass” (nicely done) which led me to this cute song…


  5. Woodshed April 29th, 2015 8:07 am

    Dave: Thanks for the link!

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