In the Afternoon

The standard ukulele tuning is G4-C4-E4-A4, with the G on the 4th string an octave higher than you might expect. I like the low-G tuning, G3-C4-E4-A4, because it gives you some bass notes to play with. I have to say I love the Aquila strings, partly because they are made in Italy: http://www.aquilacorde.com/

Anyway, on this song I tune the low string down to F3, which gives me a nice F bass note for the F major chord, and then I let that low F keep droning through the Gm chord. And that’s most of the song, just F and Gm/f. There’s a C/g in the bridge, and then a C/f at the end that was an accident when I recorded this, but I liked the way it sounded so I kept it.

Another song I wrote sitting by the creek, just feeling good. The words and music pretty much came together, though I fiddled with the words for a while. Listen to it here:

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/in-the-afternoon

Chords and lyrics:

In the Afternoon

I like to sing a song or two in the afternoon, in the afternoon     F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
I like to sing a song for you in the afternoon, in the afternoon     F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
No way to know what song I’ll sing in the afternoon                     F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
No way to know what tomorrow will bring in the afternoon       F   Gm/f    F  Gm/f
In the afternoon, in the afternoon                                                      F   Gm/f

I know I’ll come here once again in the afternoon             C    Gm/f     F  Gm/f
I know I’ll come and find a friend in the afternoon           C    Gm/f     F   Gm/f
In the afternoon, in the afternoon                                         F    Gm/f

I like to see your smiling face in the afternoon, in the afternoon
That’s how I know this is a holy place in the afternoon, in the afternoon
No way to know what games we’ll play in the afternoon
No way to know how long we’ll stay in the afternoon
In the afternoon, in the afternoon

I know I’ll come here once again in the afternoon
I know I’ll come and find a friend in the afternoon
In the afternoon, in the afternoon

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