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HUG Songbook Title GraphicHappy New Year Everyone!

It has been a long haul, but I finally have the vast majority of the HUG songs available in a single document.

Welcome to The Official HUG Songbook Volume 1. This is a collection of most of the songs played at our monthly meetings since our humble beginnings in the spring of 2008.

I think there are about 130 songs formatted in this songbook. Over the next little while I will try to get the MS word version of this document posted so that anyone who wishes can play with the format to their heart’s desire.

As well, I hope to put together a 25-30 song “HUG Essentials” book of some of our most often played songs.

Please contact me if you notice any glaring errors or omissions.

Download the songbook HERE

Here is what’s in Volume 1:

  • Across the Universe (The Beatles)
  • Ain’t She Sweet
  • All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers)
  • All of Me (Seymour Simons / Gerald Marks)
  • All My Loving (The Beatles)
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python)
  • Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
  • Build me Up, Buttercup (The Foundations)
  • Bye Bye Love (Everly Brothers)
  • California Sun (The Rivieras)
  • The Charleston
  • Centerfold (J Geils Band)
  • City Of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie)
  • Come Dancing (The Kinks)
  • Come On Eileen (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)
  • Cover of the Rolling Stone (Dr. Hook)
  • Crazy G (HUG Style)
  • Creep (Radiohead)
  • Crocodile Rock (Elton John)
  • Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (Culture Club)
  • Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Doo Wah Diddy Manfred Mann
  • East Bound and Down (Jerry Reed)
  • Eight Days A Week (The Beatles)
  • End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys)
  • Every Breath You Take Police
  • Every Day Buddy Holly
  • Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)
  • Feelin’ Groovy – 59th Street Bridge Song (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • 500 Miles (Proclaimers)
  • Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
  • Forget You – Cee Lo Green
  • The Gambler (Kenny Rogers)
  • Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
  • Handle With Care (Travelling Wilburys)
  • Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
  • Help Me Rhonda (The Beach Boys)
  • Henry the Eighth (Herman’s Hermits)
  • Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)
  • Hey, Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams)
  • Hey Soul Sister – G (Train)
  • Hey Soul Sister – F (Train)
  • Honey Pie (The Beatles)
  • Hooked on a Feeling (BJ Thomas)
  • Hotel California (The Eagles)
  • House of the Rising Sun Animals
  • I Don’t Like Mondays (Boomtown Rats)
  • I Saw Her Standing There (The Beatles)
  • I’ll Tell My Ma (Traditional)
  • I’m a Believer (The Monkees)
  • I’m Looking Through You Beatles
  • I’ve Been Everywhere – in one key (Hank Snow)
  • I’ve Been Everywhere – with key changes (Hank Snow)
  • I Walk the Line (Johhny Cash)
  • I Wanna Be Like You (Sherman & Sherman)
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand (The Beatles)
  • Iko Iko (Dixie Cups)
  • In the Jail House Now (Jimmie Rodgers)
  • Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
  • Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
  • Karma Chameleon (Culture Club)
  • King of the Road (Roger Miller)
  • The Lazy Song (Bruno Mars)
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian (John Prine)
  • The Littlest Hobo Theme (Terry Bush)
  • Lola (The Kinks)
  • Long Black Veil (Johnny Cash)
  • Lookin’ Out My Back Door (CCR)
  • Mack the Knife
  • Maggie May (Rod Stewart)
  • Mamma Mia (Abba)
  • Maxwell’s Silver Hammer Beatles
  • Me And Julio Down By The School Yard (Paul Simon)
  • Midnight Special
  • Mister Sandman (The Chordettes)
  • Move it on Over (Hank Williams)
  • Mull of Kintyre (Paul McCartney)
  • Nine Pound Hammer (John Prine)
  • Nowhere with you (Joel Plaskett Emergency)
  • Oh, Susanna
  • Oh, You Beautiful Doll
  • Red Red Wine
  • Rehab Amy Winehouse
  • Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
  • Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS)
  • Rock Me Gently (Andy Kim)
  • The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
  • Sea Of Love (Phil Phillips)
  • Settin’ the Woods on Fire (Hank Williams)
  • Sh-Boom (The Chords)
  • Shaving Cream
  • She Ain’t Pretty (The Northern Pikes)
  • Short People (Randy Newman)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (Freed and Brown)
  • Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
  • Sloop John B (Beach Boys)
  • Something (George Harrison)
  • Something Stupid (Nancy Sinatra)
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow / Wonderful World (Israel Kamakawiwo`Ole)
  • Space Oddity (David Bowie)
  • Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats)
  • Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
  • Sweet City Woman (The Stampeders)
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Take it Easy (The Eagles)
  • Take Me Home Country Roads (John Denver)
  • Tiptoe Through the Tulips (Al Dubin and Joe Burke)
  • Tonight You Belong to Me
  • The Unicorn Song (Shel Silverstein / Irish Rovers)
  • Urban Spaceman (Bonzo Dog Band / Neil Innes)
  • Walking After Midnight Patsy Cline
  • The Weight (The Band)
  • When I’m 64 (The Beatles)
  • When I’m Cleaning Windows (George Formby)
  • Why Don’t You Get A Job? (The Offspring)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken (A.P. Carter)
  • Working Man (Rita McNeil)
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)
  • You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman)

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See you all on Monday, December 3 at Celtic Corner.

So far the best Christmas Songbook I have found is one produced a few years ago by the Seattle Ukulele Players Association (SUPA). As far as a single packaged Christmas collection goes, it has a good number of familiar tunes. Here is the link:

By the way, be sure to look at many of the Christmas songs ahead of time. Even the common Christmas standards feature a host of unfamiliar chords, insanely quick chord changes or a minimum of 6-12 chords per song. Bring on the eggnog.

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 campfire stick man

I have attached a little project I have been working on. I have complied a book of kids and scouting campfire songs along with the ukulele chords (for C6 tuning). Please feel free to use and modify as needed.

I don’t claim this is perfect, but it should keep you going for a bit the next time you find yourself around the campfire. You will likely find many of these songs familiar.

I have tried to post the songs as accurately as possible, but I am sure there are still many errors (I am picking up more and more as I go through it song by song). If you have any corrections or additions of songs that should be there, please let me know and I will look at those changes the next time I sit down to edit it (who knows when that might be).

The document has been created in MS Word 2003 using the booklet layout (each page is the size of a half sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper). There is a table of contents at the end. I have used a monospaced font (Bitstream Vera Sans Mono) for the song text to allow for copying and pasting into applications like Tab Transposer and Ukilizer. As well, the chord boxes were generated using the Chordette fonts from Uke Farm.

I will try to post another copy without the booklet formatting at a later date.

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Ukulele tunings. gCEA or aDF#B or or GCEA or ADF#B or DGBE or… the list goes on.

How many ways can a uke be tuned?

  • Woodshed at Ukulele Hunt goes over some of the most popular tunings in a recent post. Sound files are provided
  • The UkeCast #302 also has a short bit on the tuning options for the uke.

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The Sheep Entertainment site has a great ukulele chord finder for the most popular tunings (and for all sizes) of the uke. As well, it will show you alternate fingerings for the same chord (simply by clicking on the picture of the hand). Click on the picture of the pick to hear that chord played string by string. And just in case you are not in tune, there is an online tuner as well.

The site also features an interactive play-along section with a good variety of popular music.

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