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Airplane Blues (ukulele original)

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Published on Apr 5, 2010

I wrote this song on the plane on the way back from the Melbourne Ukulele Festival. I'd learned a little about the 12 bar blues there, and been very inspired by all the musicians I'd seen.

I wrote this as a bit of a test for myself. Firstly to try to write a blues song, as I'd never tried one before, but also to write a song that was totally fiction. It was actually a really good flight. I have a fear of flying, so if the flight had been as bad as this song suggests, I'd have been gripping the seat, not writing a song!

Special thanks to Deach for helping me out with the intro. For some awesome ukulele blues, check him out at http://www.youtube.com/deach69

Thanks also to Aldrine at Ukulele Underground for all the lessons. I learnt the blues soloing part from his Uke Minutes 54 - Blues scale. Check it out:

http://ukuleleunderground.com/2009/07...

Here are the lyrics and chords if you want to play along. It's just the basic 12 bar blues pattern.

-- Airplane Blues --

Intro - [A7]

[D] There's grey sky up above me
Thick clouds all around
The plane is shaking wildly
and I [D7] hear a strange sound.

There's [G] no blue sky around me.
I've got the airplane [D] blues.
I'm [A7] leaving the city I love
[G] And I'm not coming back [D] soon. [A7]

There are [D] kids screaming behind me,
as they kick the back of my seat
The woman next to me's breaking wind
My [D7] discomfort is complete.

There's [G] no blue sky around me.
I've got the airplane [D] blues.
I'm [A7] leaving the city I love
[G] And I'm not coming back [D] soon. [A7]

I [D] feel my stomach rumbling
My mouth it is so dry
But the food car passed right by me
as it [D7] rumbled down the aisle

[G] Hey come back!
I've got the airplane [D] blues.
I'm [A7] leaving the city I love
[G] And I'm not coming back [D] soon. [A7 - D7]

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