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Stephon
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I've recently picked up the ukulele (then played it for a while; then put it back down. Then had pudding) and I'm looking for sideshow/circus/carnival/oddity-related uke songs. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
~Les S. Moore, The Dapper Dipper
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(BTW, already found "Lydia the Tattooed Lady")
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I would think check out some Tiny Tim stuff, I'm sure a lot of it would work.
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Put the Uke back down,,,,,try Bagpipes !!!
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Uke is easier on his lungs. Unless he's figured out another way to play it.
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I love ukes.

If you haven't already found it, this is one of the neatest ukelele websites out there:

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/index.html

Check out the songbook.
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Try to get ahold of Ukulele Loki, he really knows his stuff in regards to playing. (plus he can play The Cure and had electrified his uke as well)
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On 2008-09-04 17:42, Cholly, by golly! wrote:
I love ukes.

If you haven't already found it, this is one of the neatest ukelele websites out there:

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/index.html

Check out the songbook.


Thanks for the link ... I love it !!

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Specifically sideshow related, no, but go to Youtube and you'll find some wonderful stuff by Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys - hilarious old vaudeville stuff. She sings and (often) play the uke, and she's got a band featuring a few veterans of R. Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders. I'll bet you could pick up the tunes. Two of her albums are on Napster, and since I pay for "all you can eat" Napster I could download some for ya. PS - watch a couple of the videos, see if you don't just love how she uses her hands while singing!

And don't neglect the comedy potential of (even a straight reading of) "I wanna go back to my little grass shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii"
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Thanks, Choll, I had found alligator boogaloo, and got a lot of good stuff from there.

Wayne, I think I have a new crush--Janet Klein is adorable, and talented. I particularly liked her video for "Tonight you Belong to Me". Thanks!
~Les S. Moore, The Dapper Dipper
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Well, if you really want to get serious about the uke, then you MUST delve into Ukulele Ike. Cliff Edwards was a giant of music and did so much. The fact that he was the voice of Jimny Cricket was but a small part of his career. A great singer with a huge range, both vocally and stylistically.

By the way,I Wanna Go Back to My Little Grass Shack was taken from a 1920s pop song called I Wanna Go Back to My Little Black Shack in Hackensack, New Jersey!
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Thanks, Todd and Facade---I'll look into both those gentlemen.

I'm working on a great number by Craig Robertson and building an act around Five Foot Two.
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Five Foot Two is the same chord progression as Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone.
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Hey, Stephon,

When we did The Tempest with the Much Ado Circus, we opened with an original song that Erin and I sang and played on the ukes. I'd be happy to forward you copy.

Also, a lot of the songs of the Tigerlillies are very simple chord progressions that work great on the uke, and a few of them (Roll Up, for example) have their toes dipped in the sideshow aesthetic.

Best wishes,

Brian
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Thanks, Brian, I'd love to have a copy of the song. And I'll be sure to check out the Tigherlillies, too.

~Stephon
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A lot of the 4-string banjo repertoire also works well on ukulele.

Check out this website:

http://www.jbott.com/
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Check out Sonic Uke,
http://www.sonicuke.com/c_mermaid.php
You can learn the "Mermaids" song here.

To me the uke is about simplicity. portability. versatility. Look up some old tunes, try playing "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac, or write your own uke song, using a simple chord structure. With the uke it's all about the content and the attitude!

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There's an old Kingston Trio recording, "The Tattooed Lady":

We came to town to see that old tattooed lady.
She was a sight to see, tattooed from head to knee.
My uncle Ned was there. He came to gape and stare.
"I've never!" he declared, "Seen such a freak so fair."
And on her jaw was the Royal Flying Corp
and on her back was the Union Jack, now could you ask for more?
All up and down her spine marched the Queen's own guards in line
and all around her hips sailed a fleet of battleships.

And over her left kidney was a bird's eye view of Sidney
but what we liked best was upon her chest
My little home in Waikiki! (What did you say?)


It may be included in a Kingston Trio songbook.
Happy Hunting!

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You want ukelele, I got your ukelele right HERE!

Also HERE

and HERE
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The novelty stuff is fun, but you can do some really beautiful stuff with a uke (Cliff Edwards knew this better than anyone)and it can be a killer contrast to comedy and make for a great ending of an act. Here is something lovely:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp_SQLdFwgU&feature=related
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