Woody Guthrie – All You Fascists Bound to Lose (Chords)

Woody Guthrie – All You Fascists (Chords)

Who knew we’d have to dust off Woody Guthrie’s old anti-Nazi songs. Looks like Billy Bragg and Wilco did since they recorded a rollocking version of it a few years ago. Bragg rejiggered the song as part of the Mermaid Avenue project. But I’ve written up the Guthrie version that he apparently only recorded in a radio session.

Suggested Strumming

I like to use this strumming pattern all the way through:

d – d – d u d u

In the intro I’ve spaced out the chords into bars. So you play the strum twice for each chord with a big gap. Then the two chords with a small gap (C and G) you play it just once. It’s the same pattern in the verses. And in the chorus it’s just twice for each chord.

Twiddly Bits

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Here’s a little figure I cooked up for the intro using alternate picking (i.e. the thumb alternates between the g and C strings).

If you’re playing the rest of the song with the capo on the second fret the chord shapes will change from G, C and D to F, Bb and C respectively.


Buy the Billy Bragg and Wilco version

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  1. Ali Kenny August 30th, 2017 10:39 am

    What a creative and interesting way to show support. You’re cool.

  2. Woodshed August 30th, 2017 5:32 pm

    Ali: Thanks!

  3. Malcolm Davis August 30th, 2017 9:55 pm

    Thanks so much for this Ukulele rendition of this classic Woody Guthrie tune. Excellent blueprint for the battle this time around!!!
    Time to dust it off again.

  4. Woodshed September 1st, 2017 9:25 am

    Malcolm: Thanks! Happy playing.

  5. Rudy September 26th, 2017 10:28 pm

    I can’t believe that in this day and age, this song is still relevant. Thanks for bringing it back and making a chart for it. Gonna have to pull out my old Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger records now. :)


  6. Woodshed September 29th, 2017 1:00 pm

    Rudy: Yeah, it’s depressing that it’s still relevant but great song.

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