Sunday, 12 January 2014

Show Me The Way To Go Home: Chords, Lyrics & 2 Vamps

Happy 2014! This last year was a busy one for us. We went from being a few friends noodling around in living rooms to somehow becoming a bona fide ukulele group. People hear about us through neighbors or friends of friends, and each new member helps to expand what we do and how we do it. 

At our first meeting of the new year, Bob brought us his version of Show Me The Way To Go Home. You may remember this song from summer camp or from the movie Jaws. It's a simple melody that lends itself well to a group. Bob, who has been playing ukulele since his childhood in WWII internment camps, told us that Show Me was always the last song played at any session. It's a tradition we plan to adopt.

This arrangement is in the key of F and includes both a traditional Hawaiian vamp and an alternate vamp. The real fun is in playing both the vamp and the song in two different places on the fretboard. Bob's method was to play the alternate vamp once high up the neck and again with the regular first position chords. The song is then played in the first position, then moved back up the neck to repeat the song with harmony. Here are the chords:

Show Me The Way To Go Home

Hawaiian-style vamp: G7//C7//F//D7//G7//C7//F////
Alternate vamp: F//Dm//C#7//C7// x2

F                     F7
Show me the way to go home
    Bb                      F
I'm tired and I wanna go to bed
  (F)                         (Dm)
I had a little drink about an hour ago
         G7               C7
And it's gone right to my head
    F          F7
Wherever I may roam
   Bb             A7
On land or sea or foam
You can always hear me singing this song
G7          C7        F
Show me the way to go home

Printable .pdf file showing two inversions of the chords here.


  1. Thank you so much! I watched Jaws last night and picked up my uke to try and mimic this tune but I couldn't get it quite right. This version will motivate me to work on my poor b flat.