Tripping Lily/Mindy Smith – Santa Will Find You (Chords)

Tripping Lily – Santa Will Find You

Tripping Lily’s ukulele cover of Mindy Smith’s Santa Will Find You has been the video to kick off every Christmas UkeTube since 2009. The song has the perfect mix of melancholy and jazziness for a Christmas song. And Tripping Lily played it so well. So it’s well past time I wrote it up.

Suggested Strumming

Two main strums will get you through this. Both of them just down strums.

For the more sparse parts you can just do two down strums per bar.

For the other parts you can do six down strums with the fourth being emphasised. Like this:

d d d D d d

In the verse and intro: Once each on E and Emaj7. Twice on everything else.

In the chorus: The first two lines the same as the verse. The last two strum the pattern once for each chord.

Here’s how that strum sounds:


Twiddly Bits

Here’s the guitar line in the intro and throughout adapted for ukulele:



There’s a slight change right at the end. In the outro section replace the last two bars with this:



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  1. Ron Hale December 3rd, 2014 4:09 am

    Lily still tripping, Al?

    Or, do they qualify for the
    ‘What Ever Happened To?’ file?

    Been a while.

  2. Dympna December 3rd, 2014 12:38 pm

    Thanks for this, I’ve not heard it before. What a lovely tune to add to my Christmas repertoire.

  3. Woodshed December 3rd, 2014 12:51 pm

    Ron: Monica left at the end of last year to go solo. I don’t know if the rest of the band have officially split but I haven’t heard anything from them since then.

    Dympna: You’re very welcome! Glad I could turn you on to it.

  4. tooney December 4th, 2014 11:51 am

    Thanks for posting this. I’d also not heard it; it’s lovely.

    In the intro you recorded, are you strumming as you pick, or are there two people playing? If it’s only you, how are you doing that? :s

    Happy Holidays to you, Woodshed, and to all the Hunters out there.

  5. Woodshed December 5th, 2014 8:40 am

    tooney: And a Happy Holidays to you and yours too!

  6. Roger December 8th, 2014 6:47 pm


    Thanks for posting this. I’ve enjoyed the song for a couple of years now. I think you’ll find the lyric in the second verse is “AT grandmas” (otherwise, the line is a little creepy). Thanks again for your endless contributions!

  7. Woodshed December 9th, 2014 7:05 am

    Roger: Thanks for the correction.

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