John Butler Trio – Zebra

Author/Artist: John Butler Trio
Title: zebra for ukelele
Album: Sunrise Over Sea
Transcribed by: ukto (

Alright guys, this is a basic tab of Zebra for Ukelele, tuned

Uke TUNING: GCEA, tabbed in the key of B

chords, 4 beats per bar played in a reggae/rock skank syle
beats played 1,2,3 and 4

B F# A E

alternative fingering for some chords if needed


main riff ^=hammer on


there is some additional alternative riff bits and rythmn changes
in thesong plus the solo breakdown mid song, i will try and add these in due course

it may help to have a good listen to this song before trying the tab.


I could be loud man, I could be silent
I could be young man or I could be old
I could be a gentleman, or I could be violent
I could turn hot man or I could be cold
I could be just like the calm before the storm boy
Waitin’ for all hell yeah to break loose
I could be innocent or I could be guilty
Doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in the noose
So I’m singing …

(La bom bom bom bom, bom bom bom bom, bom bom bom bom bom ect)

I could be rich like a wandering gypsy
I could be poor like a fat wallet lost
I could be the first man or I could come last
It’s not who breaks the ribbon boy it’s how you get across
I could be red, blue, black or white sunset
As dark as a day boy or bright as a night
I could be the sun boy or I could be the moon
I made it from the stars so I’m shining so bright
So I’m singing…

I could be asleep boy, or I could be awake
I could be alive man or be the walking dead
I could be ignorant or I could be informed
I could lead my life man or I could be lead
I could be anything I put my mind to boy
All I gotta do is give myself a half-a chance
I could bring love back into my life
And share it with the world if I got some balance

Buy on Amazon

View Comments

Got something to say?