Silver Lining

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I have banjos and banjolas, and my son, who is almost 3, has some ukuleles. Recently he has decided that ukes are for BABIES and he wants to play my big banjos instead, so he will hand the uke to me and say "MAMA play ukulele now." in order to free up a banjo for his use. Anyway, today he was more specific, perhaps hoping to play for time, and said "MAMA, play ukulele about... UMBRELLA." Yes sir! I love how the recording caught the cat meowing plaintively at the end.

I don't really know how to play a ukulele, so this is me playing banjo chords on a uke in open C tuning, no capo. I don't think you should really capo 5 on a guitar or a banjo, though, you should just play it in C, it's not... musically complex. :)

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Silver Lining

capo 5

There's a light in the sky and it's blue or it's grey G
if it's sunny or cloudy I sure couldn't say C Csus4 C
but I still listen to the weather predictions G D
and that's because I'm a fan of science fiction D G

and having some kind of hypothesis makes me feel better - C G
though the people who get theirs from horoscopes aren't much wetter. G D G

It's going to rain, there's no need to guess
And you're going to get wet no matter how you're dressed
You can wear a hat and a full-on Goretex suit
But you'll still wind up with a swimming pool in your boots

I've given up on carrying umbrellas around
I know they'll just wind up in transit lost and found

If the clouds disappeared and the sun came out
What would we all complain about?
Our city would be struck silent without whining
So let's be grateful the sun will not be shining D G (C G)

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from Thingies from 2013!, track released November 3, 2013
Voice, Uke: Brooke Abbey
Whiny meow: Toby Abbey
Musical Director: Gregory Abbey Lunderville

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Brooke Abbey Vancouver

Brooke Abbey (formerly Brooke Lunderville) is a banjo-playing pharmacist from Vancouver, BC.

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