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“Octopus’s Garden” by Ringo Starr . . . . Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch. . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook THREE (now reduced to just $20.00) . . . . Check out the Christmas Chord melody ebook

May 29, 2016

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We learn from WIKIPEDIA that “Octopus’s Garden” is a song by The Beatles written and sung by Ringo Starr (credited to his real name Richard Starkey) from The Beatles’ 1969 album Abbey Road. George Harrison, who assisted Starr with the song, commented: “‘Octopus’s Garden’ is Ringo’s song. It’s only the second song Ringo has ever written, mind you, and it’s lovely.” He added that the song gets very deep into your consciousness “…because it’s so peaceful. I suppose Ringo is writing cosmic songs these days without even realising it.” It was the last song released by the Beatles featuring Starr on lead vocals.

The idea for the song came about when Starr was on a boat belonging to comedian Peter Sellers in Sardinia in 1968. He ordered fish and chips for lunch, but instead of fish he got squid (it was the first time he’d eaten squid, and he said, “It was OK. A bit rubbery. Tasted like chicken.”) The boat’s captain then told Starr about how octopuses travel along the sea bed picking up stones and shiny objects with which to build gardens. Starr’s songwriting was further inspired by his desire to escape mounting hostility between the Beatles; he would later admit that he had “just wanted to be under the sea, too.” Uncredited assistance in developing the song’s chord changes was provided by Harrison, who can be seen helping Starr work the song out on piano in the Let It Be documentary.

The song, which contains the lyrics “Oh what joy for every girl and boy/Knowing they’re happy and they’re safe,” is sometimes thought of as being a song for children, like “Yellow Submarine” or “All Together Now“. It has also been performed by the Muppets several times in various episodes of their shows.

This is, without a doubt, one of my easiest chord/melody arrangements. . . . take a look at the brief excerpt below

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Virtually no left hand complexity. . . and being a Chord/Melody arrangement all you need to do is place the fingers on the chord and strum it with your thumb. . . The melody automatically presents itself . . .

“Octopus’s Garden” is contained n the Chord/Melody eBook THREE.  It can be purchased by making a payment of just $20.00 through the paypal button on the Ukulele Mike website: Once purchased, it will be personally emailed to you within the day.


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  1. June 29, 2016 2:54 p06

    Reblogged this on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE.

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