The Pretenders – 2000 Miles (Chords)

The Pretenders – 2000 Miles (Chords)

I’ve written up the live version of this one because it’s lovely (as is Mark Kozelek’s version). The only difference in the arrangement is the long, faded in intro is cut down.

It’s dead easy to play. Just three chords and you can use one strum all the way through. The only weirdness is the lyrics fit around the chords a little strangely.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this strum all the way through:

d – d u d –

In the verses play that twice for G then once each for C and D. In the bridges do it twice for each chord.

Twiddly Bits

There are a couple of ways you can play the riff. This version sticks closely to the original:



But I like playing it adjusted a bit and with a capo at the 7th fret:


Here’s how that looks:

The Pretenders – 2000 Miles: 7 second ukulele lesson

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

Playing the chords with a capo at the 7th fret also sounds great. You just need to change the chords you use. With the capo instead of C – D – G it’s F – G – C.

Here’s a version with one uke playing the low chords, one playing the high chords and one playing the capoed intro:

Full-on intro

This quick descending lick crops up at the end of the intro to the original version:




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  1. Arthur December 16th, 2015 9:39 am

    Thanks Al,
    Also one of my favorites, a great song..

  2. Woodshed December 16th, 2015 10:19 am

    Arthur: Thanks! And Merry Christmas!

  3. Angela December 16th, 2015 10:51 am

    Aw my dad loves this song! Thanks for this! I can learn it in time for his birthday!

    Also, I was wondering if you took requests? If you do, would it be possible to get chords for Misty Miller’s “Wild Thing”?

    Thank you again for this!

  4. Woodshed December 16th, 2015 7:37 pm

    Angela: Thanks!

    Probably not, I’m afraid.

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