Cathy's Chords - songs for guitar & uke

Lyrics and chords to old folk songs and favourites from the 50's on. 
Learn-to-play acoustic guitar and ukulele tips for beginners... and some banjo as well.

Some favourite songs to play for the young people in your life.


MARCH 2016 UPDATE: all the song sheets on the site have had to be moved so all the old links will no longer work. I have revised the main pages on the site (the levelled/alphabetical lists of guitar/ukulele/banjo songs), but the songs on this page no longer have links here.


I have now updated this page with new songs (with titles in bold) and have added ukulele and banjo versions; you can find links to the song sheets on the following pages:

  • Ukulele Songs - basics, all titles in level order, with updated links

The songs on this list are some I have picked out as ones I would use with children - but that's subjective, so have a look at the main songs lists (on the pages above) for any others you may like to use!

Note that only some of these songs have ukulele and/or banjo versions... 
but even if they don't, you can use the 'guitar' song sheets and just play ukulele/banjo chords - use a chord chart or look up simple chords online.

3 LITTLE FISHIES - Key A; A, A7, D, E7 - Guitar L.12; Uke L.14

5 GREY ELEPHANTS - Key C; C, G7, F- Guitar L.7; Uke L.4

10 GREEN BOTTLES - G, C, D7, Am - Guitar L.8; Uke L.5; Banjo L.8

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - D, A7, (A), G, E7 - Guitar L.12; Uke L.4

ALONG THE ROAD TO GUNDAGAI - Key C; C, F, G7, Am, G, D7, A7, C7, Dm - Guitar L.10

the ANTS GO MARCHING ONE BY ONE - Key Am; Am, C, G, F, E7 - Guitar L.12

A PLACE IN THE CHOIR - Key C; C, G7, F - Guitar L.7; Uke L.4

AWAY IN A MANGER - Key A - A, A7, E7, D - Guitar L.12

AWAY IN A MANGER - Key G - G, C, D7, G7 - Guitar L.6; Uke L.3; Banjo L.6

BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP – Key A; A, D, E7 - Guitar L.12

BOA CONSTRICTOR SONG - Key G; G, D7, C - Guitar L.4; Uke L.2

BOG DOWN IN THE VALLEY-O (RATTLIN' BOG) - Key A; A, D, E7 - Guitar L.12; Uke L.4 

BOTANY BAY - Key G; G, C, D7 (Em) - Guitar L.4-5; Uke L.2

CLEMENTINE - Key D; D, A7 - Guitar L.1; Uke L.12; Banjo L.2

CLICK GO THE SHEARS -  Key E; E, A, B7 - Guitar L.14

COTTONFIELDS - A, D, E7, A7 - Guitar L.12

the COURT OF KING CARACTACUS – Key A; A, D, E7 - Guitar L.12; Uke L.2

DON GATO (revised- one page) – Key Am; - Am, Dm, A7, E7 - Guitar L.12; Uke L.14

DO SMURFS CRY - D, A7, G - Guitar L.2; Uke L.12

DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY- G, C, Am - Guitar L.8; Banjo L.

DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR - Key G; G, C, D7 - Guitar L.4

DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR - Key C; C, F, G7 - Guitar L.7

FIVE GREY ELEPHANTS - Key C; C, G7, F- Guitar L.7; Uke L.4

the FOX WENT OUT  (fast) - Key D; D, A7, G - Guitar L.2+; Uke L.12+

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN - G, C, D7, D, A7, Am; (Bm) - Guitar L.8 (15) ; Uke L.12 (16) ; Banjo L.11-15

the GYPSY ROVER - Key C; C, F, G7, Am - Guitar L.8; Uke L.4

HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Key D/F; D, A7, G / F, C7, Bb - Guitar L.2 /L.17

HERE WE GO LOOBY-LOO - Key A; A, D, E7 - Guitar L.12; Uke L.7

HOME ON THE RANGE - simpl. Key D; D, D7, G, A7, Em - Guitar L.5

HOME ON THE RANGE  - simpl. Key G; G, D7, C, G7 - Guitar L.6; Uke L.3

HOME ON THE RANGE - simpl.2 - Key G; G, C, D7 - Guitar L.4; Banjo L.3

HOME ON THE RANGE - Key E; E, E7, A, Am, B7, F#  - Guitar L.14-16

HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW - Key G; G, D, D7 - Guitar L.3; Uke L.11; Banjo L.4

HUMPTY DUMPTY, JACK AND JILL - Key D; D, G, A - Guitar L.12

HUSH LITTLE BABY (MOCKINGBIRD) - Key: D; D, A - Guitar L.1

HUSH LITTLE BABY (MOCKINGBIRD) - Key: D; D, A7 - Uke L.12

HUSH LITTLE BABY (MOCKINGBIRD) - Key: G; G, D7 - Uke L.1

HUSH LITTLE BABY (MOCKINGBIRD) - Key: C; C, G; Banjo L.2

IT'S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL - Key G; G, D7, C, (G7) - Guitar L.4 (6); Uke L.2 (3)

JAKE THE PEG - Key E; E, A, B7 - Guitar L.14

JINGLE BELLS - Key: C; chords: C, G7, D7, F - Uke L.4; Banjo L.7

JINGLE BELLS - Key: C 2. (easier version); chords: C, G7, F - Uke L.4

JINGLE BELLS - Key G; G, D7, C - Guitar L.4;

JINGLE BELLS - Key: G; G, D7, C, A7 - Uke L.12

JINGLE BELLS - Key: G; G, D7, C, A/A7 - Banjo L.11-14

KENNY THE KANGAROO - Key C; C, F, G7; (B7) - Guitar L.7 (-14)

LA CUCURACHA - Key C; C, G7 - Guitar L.6; Uke L.3 

the LION SLEEPS TONIGHT - Key D; D, A7, G - Guitar L.2; Uke L.4

LITTLE DRUMMER BOY - Key: C; C, F, G7, Bb - Guitar L.17; Uke L.7; Banjo L.17

LITTLE PETER RABBIT - Key D; D, A7, G - Guitar L.2

LOS ELEFANTES - Key: G; G, D7 - Guitar L.3; Uke L.1

MAMA DON’T ‘LOW NO - Key: A; A, D7, E7 - Guitar L.12; Banjo L.13

MOCKINGBIRD (HUSH LITTLE BABY) Key: D; D, A - Guitar L.1

MOCKINGBIRD (HUSH LITTLE BABY) Key: D; D, A7 - Uke L.12

MOCKINGBIRD (HUSH LITTLE BABY) Key: G; G, D7 - Uke L.1

MOCKINGBIRD (HUSH LITTLE BABY) Key: C; C, G - Banjo L.2

MOLLY MALONE (Cockles and Mussels) - C, Am, G7, Em, Dm - Guitar L.10; Uke L.15

MORNINGTOWN RIDE - Key: G; G, G7, C, D, D7, Em, Am - Guitar L.8

NEVER SMILE AT A CROCODILE - G, C, Em, D7, A7, G7, (Bb, Fm) - Guitar L. 6 (17) ; Uke L.15 (17+)

O CHRISTMAS TREE - Key C; C, G7, Am, Dm - Guitar L.10; Uke L.8

OH SUSANNA - Key: C; C, G7, F - Guitar L.7; Uke L.4

OH SUSANNA - Key: G; G, C, D - Banjo L.1

ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI - Key: G; G, C, D7, G7 - Guitar L.6; Uke L.3

the OLD GREY MARE - Key G; chords: G, D - B.L.1-4

the OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY - Key: C; C, G7 - Guitar L.4; Uke L.3

a PLACE IN THE CHOIR - Key C; C, G7, F - Guitar L.7

POLLY WOLLY DOODLE - Key G; chords: G, D - B.L.1-4

PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON - Key C; C, F, G7, Am, Em - Guitar L.8 

PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON - Key G; G, C, D7, Em, Bm  - Guitar L.15

the ROAD TO GUNDAGAI - Key: C; C, F, G7, Am, G, D7, A7, C7, Dm - Guitar L.10

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER - Key D; D, A, A7, G, E, E7 - Guitar L.13; Uke L.17

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER - Key C; C, G, G7, F, D, D7 - Guitar L.7; Uke L.11; Banjo L.13  

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING (Hi 5) - Key C; C, Am, G, Dm, F, Fm, A, A7, Gm - Guitar L.16

SHE'LL BE COMING ‘ROUND THE MOUNTAIN - Key C; C, G7, F - Guitar L.7; Uke L.4

SHORTNIN' BREAD - Key: G; G, D7 - Guitar L.3; Uke L.1 

TEN GREEN BOTTLES - Key: G; G, C, D7, Am - Guitar L.8; Uke L.5; Banjo L.8

THELMA BROWN (LIVED IN A ZOO) - G, D7, C, Am, Em, B7, (A, E7, D, Bm) - Guitar L.14-15; Uke L.16

THERE'S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET - Key: D; D, A7, G - Guitar L.2

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY - Key: C; C, G7 - Guitar L.4

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND - Key G; G, C, D7, G7 - Guitar L.6

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND - Key C; C, G7, F, C7 - Guitar L.9

THIS OLD MAN - Key G; G, D7, C - Guitar L.4

THREE LITTLE FISHIES – Key A; A, A7, D, E7 - Guitar L.12; Uke L.14

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS - Key: D; D, A7, (A), G, E7 - Guitar L.12

TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR - Key: A; A, D, E7 - Guitar L.12

the UNICORN - Key: G; G, D7, C - Guitar L.4; Uke L.2

UP ON THE HOUSETOP - Key G; G, D7, C - Guitar L.4; Uke L.2; Banjo L.3

UP ON THE HOUSETOP - Key C; C, G7, F - Guitar L.7; Uke L.4; Banjo L.7

WALTZING MATILDA - Key: G; G, D7, C, Em - Guitar L.5; Uke L.4

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS – Key G; G, A7, D7, C - Guitar L.4; Uke L.12

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS – Key G; G, A/A7, D7, C - Banjo L.11-14

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS – Key C; C, G7, D7, F - Uke L.4

WHEELS ON THE BUS, the (1) - Key: D; D, A7 (“English” version) - Guitar L.1; Uke L.12; D, A/A7 - Banjo L.11-14

WHEELS ON THE BUS, the (2) - Key: D; D, A7 (“U.S.” version) - Guitar L.1; Uke L.12; D, A/A7 - Banjo L.11-14

WHEELS ON THE BUS, the (3) - Key: D; D, A, A7 (“London” version) - Guitar L.11 (easy)

WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND - C, F, G (or G7) - Guitar L.7; Uke L.4

WHEN SANTA GOT STUCK UP THE CHIMNEY - Key G; G, D7, C, Em, A7, A, E7,B7 - Guitar L.14

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN - Key: G; G, D7, C (G7) - Guitar L.4; Uke L.2-3

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN - Key: A; A, A7, D, (E7) - Guitar L.12; Uke L.14

the WHISTLING GYPSY ROVER - Key C; C, F, G7, Am - Guitar L.8; Uke L.4

WHERE, OH WHERE HAS MY LITTLE DOG GONE? - Key C; C, G, G7 - Guitar L.6; Uke L.3; Banjo L.6

WHERE, OH WHERE HAS MY LITTLE DOG GONE? - Key G; G, D, D7 - Guitar L.3; Uke L.11; Banjo L.4

YELLOW SUBMARINE – Key G - G, D7, C - Guitar L.4; Uke L.2