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Am chordC chordD7 chordF chordG chordG7 chord

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Intro:
    CC chord GG chord FF chord CC chord
    FF chord CC chord D7D7 chord GG chord  
    CC chord GG chord FF chord CC chord  
    FF chord GG chord CC chord   GG chord


     CC chord      GG chord          FF chord    CC chord
It's nine o'clock on a Saturday
    FF chord       CC chord              D7D7 chord GG chord
The regular crowd shuffles in
           CC chord       GG chord       FF chord       CC chord
There's an old man sitting next to me
       FF chord           GG chord         CC chord   GG chord
Making love to his tonic and gin


          CC chord            GG chord         FF chord   CC chord
He says, "Son, can you play me a memory
    FF chord          CC chord           D7D7 chord  GG chord
I'm not really sure how it goes
         CC chord            GG chord           FF chord          CC chord
But it's sad and it's sweet and I knew it complete
       FF chord      GG chord             CC chord
When I wore a younger man's clothes."


AmAm chord              D7D7 chord
la la la, di da da
AmAm chord           D7D7 chord    GG chord  FF chord CC chord G7G7 chord
La la, di di da da dum


CC chord         GG chord                FF chord     CC chord
Sing us a song, you're the piano man
FF chord         CC chord      D7D7 chord   GG chord
Sing us a song tonight
            CC chord          GG chord          FF chord   CC chord
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
    FF chord                 GG chord         CC chord     GG chord
And you've got us all feeling alright


    CC chord           GG chord        FF chord         CC chord
Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
   FF chord          CC chord          D7D7 chord  GG chord
He gets me my drinks for free
         CC chord            GG chord              FF chord             CC chord
And he's quick with a joke and he'll light up your smoke
            FF chord               GG chord           CC chord   GG chord
But there's some place that he'd rather be


          CC chord         GG chord             FF chord       CC chord
He says, "Bill, I believe this is killing me."
       FF chord          CC chord            D7D7 chord  GG chord
As the smile ran away from his face
          CC chord           GG chord          FF chord     CC chord
"Well I'm sure that I could be a movie star
   FF chord           GG chord           CC chord
If I could get out of this place"


AmAm chord              D7D7 chord
la la la, di da da
AmAm chord           D7D7 chord    GG chord  FF chord CC chord G7G7 chord
La la, di di da da dum


    CC chord         GG chord           FF chord   CC chord
Now Paul is a real estate novelist
    FF chord         CC chord          D7D7 chord  GG chord
Who never had time for a wife
         CC chord            GG chord           FF chord            CC chord
And he's talking with Davy, who's still in the Navy
    FF chord             GG chord      CC chord   GG chord
And probably will be for life


        CC chord           GG chord          FF chord   CC chord
And the waitress is practicing politics
       FF chord           CC chord           D7D7 chord    GG chord
As the businessman slowly gets stoned
             CC chord         GG chord               FF chord     CC chord
Yes, they're sharing a drink they call loneliness
         FF chord           GG chord         CC chord    GG chord
But it's better than drinking alone


CC chord         GG chord                FF chord     CC chord
Sing us a song, you're the piano man
FF chord         CC chord      D7D7 chord   GG chord
Sing us a song tonight
            CC chord          GG chord          FF chord   CC chord
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
    FF chord                 GG chord         CC chord     GG chord
And you've got us all feeling alright


       CC chord           GG chord           FF chord    CC chord
It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
        FF chord       CC chord          D7D7 chord    GG chord
And the manager gives me a smile
          CC chord               GG chord               FF chord         CC chord
'Cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see
   FF chord            GG chord           CC chord   GG chord
To forget about life for a while


        CC chord         GG chord             FF chord    CC chord
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
        FF chord          CC chord             D7D7 chord  GG chord
And the microphone smells like a beer
         CC chord          GG chord           FF chord           CC chord
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
          FF chord             GG chord         CC chord     GG chord
And say, "Man, what are you doing here?"


AmAm chord              D7D7 chord
la la la, di da da
AmAm chord           D7D7 chord    GG chord  FF chord CC chord G7G7 chord
La la, di di da da dum


CC chord         GG chord                FF chord     CC chord
Sing us a song, you're the piano man
FF chord         CC chord      D7D7 chord   GG chord
Sing us a song tonight
            CC chord          GG chord          FF chord   CC chord
Well, we're all in the mood for a melody
    FF chord                 GG chord         CC chord     
And you've got us all feeling alright    
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27 Comments

  1. ukulele love

    “son, can you play me a memory? I’m not really sure how it goes, but it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete when I wore a younger man’s clothes” beautiful song. My mom absolutely loves it.

  2. The pattern is down down up down up

  3. Chloe, how do you finger pick strumming songs? DO you just pluck all the strings at once or is there a pattern?

  4. For the strumming pattern i use DOWN down up down up DOWN down up down up. With the capitalized letters being accented and doing this in a 6/8 timing as is the actual song, but in all practicality find a pattern that works best for you but also works with 6/8 timing.

  5. Instead of strumming the song I pick it. Its harder and a little slower but it sounds nice.

  6. What is the strumming pattern

  7. What’s the strumming pattern

  8. Instead on dm7 just play d is sounds Alot better

  9. hello my name is Loca

    Hey, the chords are perfect but how is the strum of the song? hahaha I’m starting..

  10. @queen_bee you literally just lay down a finger and keep your index finger on c to transition to d7

  11. Great chords. just love it. Thanks so much

  12. I LOVE THIS SONG
    it was really easy to play i thought it would be hard

  13. i love how easy this song is can you belive it
    i thought it would be really hard

  14. Jason Santos

    Sing the final chorus two times.

  15. ClockworkQuarks

    What have other people been doing for the outro? I’m doing C G F FEmGC and it sounds right to my ear, any other ideas?

  16. Perfect tab! I had difficulty switching quickly from C to D7, so for that chord progression I just played Dm and it sounded fine :)

    • I use my thumb for chords like that. For example, D, D7, E(alt), and so on. That would probably help a lot.

    • It is much easier to barre the D7 chord, that way you can just keep one finger on the C and add another finger to barre the second frets. :)

  17. ooopsnevermind

    instead of C in the G F C G7 progression, I like Em or Em7.

  18. Sing us a song, ukulele man,

  19. Absolute perfect tab, for an absolutely perfect song :) Cheers

  20. I love this song, and this tab is perfect! Thanks

    • I LOVE THIS SONG! my dad was playing this song to me on the piano when i was little and now i love it! (great to play on the ukulele)

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