Complete How to Play You Are My Sunshine on the Ukulele

How to Play You Are My Sunshine on the Ukulele

Introduction

“You Are My Sunshine” is a track copyrighted and published by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell in 1940. According to BMI, it has been recorded by more than 350 artists and translated into 30 languages. In 1977, the Louisiana State Legislature decreed that “You Are My Sunshine” could be a state song, to honor two-time governor Jimmie Davis.

You Are My Sunshine was one among Jimmie Davis’ biggest-selling records, and the track had continued success as years went by. In 1940, the Vocalion version by Bob Atcher and Bonnie Blue Eyes, launched in February, went to no 1 on the embryonic Billboard Top Hillbilly Recordings of the Month (July 27, 1940).

Jimmie Davis – You Are My Sunshine

Though usually considered a kids’ track, You Are My Sunshine is a sing-along classic for all. It has the identical notoriety as a tune like Happy Birthday. Here is a ukulele tab and chords for an appropriately joyful uke tune.

You Are My Sunshine Ukulele Tab

There are two variations of this ukulele tab. One shows the easy melody picking with chord diagrams and lyrics so you’ll be able to sing and strum along. The opposite is a bit more intricate and includes a primary solo arrangement that includes chords and melody together at the same time.

The melody tab is pretty self-explanatory. Simply be careful with the reach up to the seventh fret. It’s most likely finest to use your pinky to fret that note. Then once you step down from the seventh to fifth and third frets you should use a pinky, middle or ring, index fingering. This lets you play quicker and break away from fretting with just one finger.

You Are My Sunshine melody tab

With the solo arrangement version of You Are My Sunshine you’re placing the melody on top of chords in lots of places. For this track, you don’t find yourself altering the chords apart from the seventh fret reach which needs to be strummed along with the open strings to create a C chord sound.

There are additionally several locations where you play a partial chord. To do that, simply roll your thumb down the strings in order that it comes to rest on the A-string.

solo arrangement version of You Are My Sunshine

Original Song Chords

The original song chords for You Are My Sunshine could be very simple to strum along to.

how to play you are my sunshine on the ukulele chords

Original Song Structure

Intro:

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

Interlude:

The other night dear
As I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you
In my arms
When I awoke dear
I was mistaken
and I hung my head and cried

Interlude:

I’ll always love you
and make you happy
If you will only
Say the same
but if you leave me
To have another
You’ll regret it all someday

Interlude:

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

Interlude:

In all my dreams, dear, you seem to leave me
When I awake my poor heart pains.
So when you come back and make me happy
I’ll forgive you and take all the blame.

Interlude:

You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

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