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:

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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 ...

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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 a...

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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 ...

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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 l...

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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 ...

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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.


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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...

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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...

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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.

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