Beirut – Nantes (Ukulele/Guitar Chords)

Playing Notes

This isn’t actually a ukulele song. To emulate the organ sound, I flick my fingers downward, individually, after hitting a root note with my thumb. Does that make sense? It sounds like “boom, da da da da da, da da” over and over again.

Note for Guitarists

The “low” string on a ukulele is higher than the next two subsequent strings. So, while the strings go G C E A, the relative pitches (1 being low, 4 being high) are 3 1 2 4. To replicate the sound, you would have to replace your D string with something much thinner (e.g. whatever you use for your high E) and tune it up an octave.

For ukelele tuned a 1/2 step up (G# C# F A#)

Dm: 2210
C: 0003
F: 2010

To play on guitar, capo VI:

Dm(Am): x02210
C(G): 320003
F(C): x32010

Intro:

Dm C F F x2

Verse:

                 Dm         C         F
Well it's been a long time, long time now
	   Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my fright.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my time.
	 Dm      C       F
And in a year, a year or so
          Dm     C      F
this will slip into the sea
                  Dm         C         F
Well, it's been a long time, long time now
           Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile


Dm C F F x4

Chorus:

Dm     C           F
Nobody raise their voices
Dm           C        F
Just another night in Nantes

Dm     C           F
Nobody raise your voices

Dm           C        F
Just another night in Nantes

Bridge:

Dm C F F x2

Verse:

                 Dm         C         F
Well it's been a long time, long time now
	   Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my fright.
	 Dm       C     F
And I'll gamble away my time.
	 Dm      C       F
And in a year, a year or so
          Dm     C      F
this will slip into the sea
                  Dm         C         F
Well, it's been a long time, long time now
           Dm       C         F
since I've seen you smile

Outro:

Dm C F F x4

8 Replies to “Beirut – Nantes (Ukulele/Guitar Chords)”

  1. The lyrics on one particular line I believe to be “I gamble away my Francs”, and not “fright” because its a song of Nantes, France.

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, Freddy. I can very distinctly hear a hard “T” at the end of “fright” on the record, though.

  3. It’s fright. Other than being clear on the track, this kid is 25. Never spent a franc if I was betting. I like franc though. If only:)

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