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.

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This blog is where I post any news or new songs (also on the Facebook page). It's worth checking here 
for any favourite songs - you can do a search for a song title or topic at the top- as I don't always put 
new songs on the main songs lists straight away; they only get updated now and then.
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"Aussie" Christmas Songs

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 5:25 PM

I haven't been able to make any new songs sheets for ages, but I'm hoping that the links to the current songs have now all been fixed (please let me know if you find any duds!)

Thank you to Dianne for her suggestion of Aussie versions of favourite Christmas songs, including “Deck the Sheds with Bits of Wattle” and “Aussie Jingle Bells”.

You can find the lyrics for these songs online:

Deck the Sheds with Bits of Wattle

Aussie Jingle Bells

- just play the songs using the chords as in the current song sheets for the normal versions.

The site linked to ( also has explanations of the Aussie terms, and a link to where you can purchase a CD of the songs if you like.

Hope you all enjoy the Christmas season!

Disappearing links and pictures

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Unfortunately, some of the links I replaced a few months ago don't seem to be working. Now that I've realised, I'm gradually going through every link on the site to check which ones need to be fixed... but it's a slow job.

In the meantime, there should be alternative links to all songs - so if you find one that doesn't work on one page, look for the same song (at the same level) on one of the other pages. If you find all the links for one song don't work, it would be a big help if you can let me know so I can prioritise that song.

Another problem that has hit my site (not a good year so far!!) is that I had some of the pictures stored in Photobucket, and they have now been unlinked, as Photobucket won't allow '3rd party hosting' anymore without monthly fees - well beyond my budget. I think I've found all the pictures that have been hidden and put them back onto the site, so they should all be visible, although the new Webs 'site builder' is still playing havoc with my formatting, so it will look odd in places.

The new formatting is still causing other problems, too - sometimes I find the punctuation ( ' and - ) replaced with ? ..... so apologies if you encounter that!

I'm hoping it will eventually get sorted, but at least that all the song sheets will be available somewhere on the site.


All Fixed Now!

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM

It's the end of March, and everything seems to be working now without any major problems!

All the pages on the site have been updated to the new site format, all the song sheet files have been moved to a new storage folder in Dropbox, and all the important links to the song sheets have been re-done on the main site lists.

I took the opportunity to fix up some of the older ( guitar) song sheets; these revised sheets are marked on the lists of guitar songs.

Some of the pages (Kids' Songs, Songs for Oldies, Christmas Songs) have also been revised to add in ukulele/ banjo versions of songs (though I haven't added links on those lists, just the titles; the song sheet links are available in the main lists for each instrument).

So I'm hoping everything will continue to run smoothly, but please do let me know if you notice any odd things or links that are not working!


Posted on March 10, 2017 at 7:35 PM

2017 has had a frustrating start so far - first, the website builder I use was changed, so the whole site no longer worked, and I had to find a new template (from a very limited range), adjust the layout of all the pages, and try to use a new site builder which often won't work at all! So much for 'progress'...

One result of all this was that I spent so long on the computer that my latent R.S.I. in right arm became a major problem and I was told not to use my right hand at all for some time to prevent permanent damage. I am restricted to using my left hand ... a very slow and tedious option.


Then I received another blow - from Dropbox, where I store all the song sheet files on this site. They announced they would be closing the 'Public' folder I was using on 15 March, so all the files have to be moved and re-linked before then, when all the old links will no longer work!

I have spent many hours checking files, re-loading, making new links, and inserting new links on the main lists of songs (in levels - see below), but I won't be able to get all the links replaced on every page on the site.


If you find a song sheet link that doesn't work, try the main lists:

Guitar Songs - by Level

Ukulele Songs

Beginner Banjo Songs


If you find a song sheet link that doesn't work on those 3 pages, please let me know via the Guestbook or on the" target="_blank">Facebook page.


Thank you for your patience!

Mary Mack - Scottish folk song - for guitar & ukulele

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM

I learnt this fun song at a couple of Scottish folk song workshops. It’s quite easy to play with just 2 chords, but if you sing it fast it’s a tongue-twister (and the chord changes are fast too).


I couldn’t find a Youtube clip with the exact tune or words I learnt, but the Morrigan recording is quite close, though with instrumental extras which I’ve left out of the song sheet. It’s at ;


Here are the links to the song sheets:


for guitar - L.8 Mary Mack_Key Am_Am, G


for ukulele – Uke L.5 Mary Mack_Key Am_Am, G


Home on the Range - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 1:10 AM

This song works well on banjo as well as guitar and ukulele, so I’ve done a new, simplified version in the Key of G, with easy chords.

It's in 3/4 rhythm, so you can do a simple ‘One,2,3,’ strum, or make it more complex as you wish.


The Pete Seeger recording (see link below) is in a slightly lower key, with more chords, but you can enjoy playing and singing this easy version.

Here are the links to the song sheets:


for guitar -  L 4. Home On The Range  simpl. 2 in G_G,C,D7


for ukulele - Uke L 2. Home On The Range simpl. 2 in G_G,C,D7


for banjo -  B.L 3. Home On The Range  simpl. 2 in G_G,C,D7


There is a YouTube clip of Pete Seeger (Key F) here: ;


If I Had a Hammer - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 2:05 AM


This is an old standard, and fun to sing. The chord changes are fast and quite constant, so you need to practise the sequence (‘turnaround’;) but it’s very repetitive so once you’ve got it, it should flow quite smoothly.


Here are the links for the song sheets:


For guitar L. 5+ If I Had a Hammer in G _G,C,D7,Em

For ukulele Uke L.15+ If I Had a Hammer in G _G,C,D7,Em

For banjo B.L 5+ If I Had a Hammer in G _G,C,D7,Em


There is a YouTube clip of Peter, Paul & Mary (Key A) here:  


Lodi (Creedence) - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 2:05 AM

This song has an easy 5-chord structure with spaced changes, a great, steady rhythm and an easy-to-sing tune. I’ve written it out in Key of G as it seems easier to sing (and play), but the recorded version I refer to starts in Bb and changes to C in verse 4. I’ve just left it in G and haven’t put in the instrumental break etc.

I also did a Key of E version a while ago for guitar, so I’m adding that in case anyone wants to try it.

Here are the links to the song sheets:


for guitar - L 5 Lodi - Key G_G,C,D,D7,Em

                   L17+ Lodi - Key E


for ukulele - Uke L.17 Lodi - Key G_G,C,D,D7,Em


for banjo - B.L.5 Lodi - Key G_G,C,D,D7,Em


There is a YouTube clip of the song here (Key Bb>C):  

California Dreamin' - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM



I was asked to write this out for our Friday Folkies group. This is the way we do it, with 2 singing parts. I’ve simplified the chords a bit, and I’ve only done it for guitar so far… not sure how the chords would sound on uke but it’s lovely with the full sound of guitar.


It’s not easy to play or sing, but it’s well worth persisting with. The chord changes are not difficult but they’re constant, mostly every 2 beats, and the song parts need at least 2 voices for best effect. It took us lots of practice before we could get it smoothly.


Here is the link to the song sheet (for guitar): L.14+ California Dreamin_Key Am



You can hear the song on YouTube -  





Silent Night - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 9:55 AM


The old versions (Key D) for guitar and uke have now been fixed/updated, and a Key C version added for guitar and uke as well as for banjo.


Here are the links to the song sheets:


- for GUITAR:

L.2 Silent Night_Key D_D, G, A7

L.7 Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F (new)


- for UKULELE:

Uke L.2_Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F (new)

Uke L.12. Silent Night in D _D, G, A7


- for BANJO:

B.L 7 Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F