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.

Songs for "Old Folks"

Following a couple of requests for songs suitable for performing or sing-alongs in "Old Folk's" Homes or nursing homes, I've gone through all my songs lists and pulled out any that I think may be relevant (of course this will vary with the age, country etc. of your audience).

Many of these have been written out for guitar and not yet for ukulele. You can still use the guitar songsheets for ukulele - just use the chord diagrams from the ukulele chord chart instead of the guitar chord shapes on the songsheet. If you are really keen for a ukulele version of one of the songs, let me know via the Facebook page or in the Guestbook.

I'm gradually adding new 'oldies' songs and ukulele versions. Some of the war-era songs are fairly complex, so I've focused on the easier ones or just the chorus of better-known ones.

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New Songs not in table above yet

Pack Up Your Troubles     - Guitar L. 11;  Ukulele L.12

Table of 'Songs for Oldies'

This list is a work in progress. Most of the songs below are in the lists of guitar or ukulele songs - the links to the songsheets will be there.

 

TITLE

Guitar - Level

Uke - Level

10 Green Bottles

8

5

500 Miles

10

 

All I Have to Do is Dream

10

--

Amazing Grace

9

 

Auld Lang Syne

7, 11

4, 13

Banana Boat Song (Day-O)

1

3,9,12

Black Velvet Band

16

 

Blowin’ in the Wind

5

 

Bye Bye Love

12

 

Clementine

1

3,12

Click Go the Shears

14

14

Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)

10

15

Court of King Caractacus

12

2

Do What You Do, Do Well

14

--

Down in the Valley

3

 

Gypsy Rover

7

4

Hello Mary Lou

14

16

He’s Got the Whole World

14

 

Home on the Range

5,6,14-16

3

How Much is That Doggie in the Window

3

11

If I Were a Carpenter

11

 

I’ll Tell Me Ma

4

2

Island in the Sun

5, 14

15-16

Jamaica Farewell

12

 

Kum Ba Yah

12

2

Lion Sleeps Tonight, the

2

4

Love Me Tender

16

 

Love Potion Number 9

14

 

Mademoiselle from Armentieres

3,6,9

1,3,6

Maggie (When You and I Were Young)

(13), 6,12

12

Michael Row the Boat Ashore

15

 

Mockingbird

 

12

Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels)

10

15

Morningtown Ride

8

 

My Grandfather's Clock in C

7,15

12,16

Oh! Susanna

7

4

Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

6

3

Running Bear

4, 7, 12

 

She’ll Be Comin Round the Mountain

7

4

Side By Side

12, 14

14, 16

Sloop John B

16

17+

Stewball

8

 

Swing Low Sweet Chariot

 

3, 4

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

2

4

There’s a Hole in My Bucket

2

 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

6

3

This Land is Your Land

9

 

Tom Dooley

1

3

Under the Boardwalk

6

15

Up on the Roof

8

5

Waltzing Matilda

5

4

When the Saints Go Marching In

4

 

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

5

 

Whistling Gypsy Rover

7

4

Wild Mountain Thyme

10

15

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

11