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bunnyf
02-17-2015, 02:49 PM
Anyone with suggestions for a good closing song for Uke jams? I've been to jams that close with goodnight Irene but that always seems so lame. I like closing time by semisonic but folks in my group are so old and are completel unfamiliar with it. Any other ideas that might span the generation gap?

Hippie Dribble
02-17-2015, 02:53 PM
Down By The Riverside?

Diamond Dave
02-17-2015, 03:14 PM
"Son of a Sailor" by Jimmy Buffet. Any time you can end on "I'm just glad I don't live in a trailer," it's a good day.

bunnyf
02-17-2015, 03:16 PM
Funny, but here in Florida, lots of folks live in trailers. Don't want to offend.

SteveZ
02-17-2015, 03:42 PM
It's tough when there is a musical generation gap. Personally, I like "Sultans of Swing" (ending with "Good Night! It's time to go home") but adding any rock probably won't cut it at all with the average group. Odd are, depending on the median age (am 68 so I can get away with this!) you could probably end doing 30 seconds of "Happy Trails To You" and wrap it up quickly.

Jim Yates
02-17-2015, 03:49 PM
Our local Uke Club always finishes with Till We Meet Again.

bunnyf
02-17-2015, 04:06 PM
I personally dig dire straits, esp sultans of swing but you are right to assume that it won't fly with my group. I am actually quite surprised at the musical tastes in mine and other groups. Many of the folks are my age ( in their 60s) but apparently listened to none of the music I listened to in my teens, 20s, 30s. Very little Dylan, no Who, Pink Floyd, Santana, Bowie, Clapton, etc. Even if you go to another genre outside of straight up rock, like southern rock, The Band, Bob Seger, Allman Bros...still nothing. Either they didn't listen to the radio at all or maybe just a little Pop music. Hard to find common ground. I do think Happy Trails would go over big. Thanks for the suggestion and I have a soft spot for Roy and Dale from my childhood.

Steveperrywriter
02-17-2015, 04:07 PM
Happy Trails ...

PhilUSAFRet
02-17-2015, 04:09 PM
How about putting your collective heads together and write your own group good night/bye song.

ukuLily Mars
02-17-2015, 05:06 PM
How about putting your collective heads together and write your own group good night/bye song.
That's a really fun idea!

Maybe "Good Night, Sweetheart" ("Well, it's time to go" -- there are several Good Night, Sweethearts, aren't there?). Kind of doo-wop, which is fun even if it's not your age group. Of course most of what I play is before my time... and my mom's... so make of that what you will! It's so hard to find something that everyone will enjoy.

Diamond Dave
02-17-2015, 05:11 PM
Funny, but here in Florida, lots of folks live in trailers. Don't want to offend.

Yeah, here in Virginia, too. In fact, I bet a lot of Buffet fans do. I'm kinda surprised Jimmy never caught more grief for that line.

UkerDanno
02-17-2015, 05:16 PM
Happy Trails ...

second that!

vanflynn
02-17-2015, 05:18 PM
We always end with an easy one we all know (end on a happy note). Usually Aloha 'Oe or Jambalaya

bunnyf
02-17-2015, 07:28 PM
You know Lily, Good night, sweetheart was actually the first one I thought of too but a quick search on the net only turned up other similarly titled songs but not the "it's time to go" one. I'll have to look a little harder. I'm still also liking Happy Trails but perhaps not the DU version in D. While it may be a little harder to sing in C, it's easier to play (lots of beginners in our group and I would like to end on a song that's inclusive).

Brad Bordessa
02-17-2015, 08:31 PM
Hawai'i Aloha is what we use here in Hawai'i. Pretty tune, but the words might be a hang up for a jam in Florida

fisher00
02-17-2015, 09:28 PM
Good old Aussie Band, The Angels - 'Am I ever going to see your face again'. A good sing-a-long tune...with the right audience :)

Hippie Dribble
02-17-2015, 09:31 PM
Good old Aussie Band, The Angels - 'Am I ever going to see your face again'. A good sing-a-long tune...with the right audience :)

Haha! Might have to change the tag line slightly to cater for the older folks sensitivities mate. :p

Tootler
02-17-2015, 10:33 PM
From what you say, my guess is your group is more into jazz era songs. In which case, how about My Way?

We don't have a particular finisher but we do quite often finish with a popular sing along folk song like Whiskey In The Jar or Wild Rover or Sloop John B. They all go well with our group.

bunnyf
02-18-2015, 01:28 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm having a meetup this afternoon and going to go with something easy to play and familiar and something in a key that's relatively easy to sing. I'll play with the arrangements for Happy Trails and Goodnight Sweetheart (found it!) and see if I can tweak them to minimize quick chord changes, knock out or replace difficult chords and make sure it's in a key that at least I can sing. I'll see which one goes over better. Thanks again folks!

Ukuleleblues
02-18-2015, 01:32 AM
Happy Trails ...
We have used that one plus you can make up you own lyrics easily to be uke specific. Good one.

katysax
02-18-2015, 05:55 AM
Our club used to end with Happy Trails and Aloha Oe. After having played those a few thousand times, we have started closing with Willy Nelson's "On the Road Again".

Icelander53
02-18-2015, 06:02 AM
Our local Uke Club always finishes with Till We Meet Again.


Do you mean "We'll meet again by Vera Lynn? If so that's a good one and simple enough for everyone.

Icelander53
02-18-2015, 06:05 AM
I often end a practice with Across the Universe by the Beatles.

Gillian
02-18-2015, 06:22 AM
We usually end our uke meetings/jams with Joe Brown's "I Like Ukuleles" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmKF_KdLfnk). We take turns at doing the finger picking parts.

Our song sheet can be found here (http://sanjoseukeclub.org/Song%20Book/I%20Like%20Ukuleles.pdf)

:)

philpot
02-18-2015, 07:25 AM
I've always enjoyed Exitlude by the Killers. It's not a song that will span generation gaps, but it's simple enough and it has a lot of charm to it. I also like Closing Time. Maybe you could get some people excited about new songs ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV1eqQkg2C0

janeray1940
02-18-2015, 07:30 AM
Leonard Cohen has a great song called Closing Time (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-0lV5qs1Qw) but it might be a bit off-color for the group's sensibilities - but hey, he's almost 81 and it doesn't seem to bother him :) I think it would be a great jam song for the right group. Probably safer to stick with Happy Trails...

IamNoMan
02-18-2015, 07:43 AM
We always end with an easy one we all know (end on a happy note). Usually Aloha 'Oe or JambalayaJaneray you are such a sensible person. Easy and well known, that's the ticket! Appeal to all ages. I think the selection should be oriented to whether your group is jam oriented or song swap oriented. Jambalaya would be good . The Seasonistas anthem would be good for a singing crowd: :I'd like to teach the World to Sing".

cptdean
02-18-2015, 07:49 AM
I like closing time by semisonic...

That's exactly what I was going to suggest. I enjoy playing it on guitar and keyboard, so I'll definitely have to port it to uke when mine arrives.

bobinde
02-18-2015, 09:53 AM
My monthly (or so) guitar plus ukulele plus mandolin plus whatever group usually closes out with "Margaritaville,) Me on my Taropatch, one of the guys on a mandola and the rest on guitar.

bobinde

ukantor
02-18-2015, 11:01 AM
"Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" is a good one. The chord sequence is very familiar, and the words and melody are widely known by people of a certain age.

bonesigh
02-18-2015, 01:37 PM
I like this idea Phil (:

How about putting your collective heads together and write your own group good night/bye song.

Peterjens
02-18-2015, 02:11 PM
Aloha 'Oe

I vote for this.

Diamond Dave
02-18-2015, 03:31 PM
How about "Get the Funk Out"?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqP76XWHQI0

connor013
02-18-2015, 04:05 PM
I've always enjoyed Exitlude by the Killers. It's not a song that will span generation gaps, but it's simple enough and it has a lot of charm to it.

Man, oh man. Can't believe I forgot about Sam's Town! great closing track to a great album. Hard not to leave smiling after this one.

Jim Yates
02-19-2015, 08:24 PM
Do you mean "We'll meet again by Vera Lynn? If so that's a good one and simple enough for everyone.

That's the one Icelander53.

We'll Meet Again

[C] We'll meet a[E7]gain don't know [A] where don't know [A7] when
But I [D] know we'll meet a[D7]gain some sunny [G] day [G7] [C]
Keep smiling [E7] through just like [A] you always [A7] do
Till the [D7] blue skies make the [G7] dark clouds fade a[C]way [F] [C]

And would you [C7] please say,"Hello," to the folks that I know
Tell them [F] I won't be long
They'll be [D] happy to know that when [D7] you saw me go
I was [G] singing this [G7] song

[C] We'll meet a[E7]gain don't know [A] where don't know [A7] when
But I [D7] know we'll meet a[G7]gain some sunny [C] day [A7]
Yes I [D7] know we'll meet a[G7]gain some sunny [C] day.[F] [C]

Icelander53
02-20-2015, 07:23 AM
That's it but I'm using some different chordage for my basket. ;)

Sounds right to me. Later maybe I'll send you my version and you can compare.

Jim Yates
02-20-2015, 05:54 PM
I always like to see a variation.

I just played it through and on the second last line I did a minor variation:


But I [D7] know we'll meet a[G7]gain some sunny [C] day [B] [Bb] [A7]
Yes I [D7] know we'll meet a[G7]gain some sunny [C] day.[F] [C]

Booli
02-21-2015, 01:10 AM
slightly different, but ... maybe a '50s ballad will work?

When I used to DJ years ago, we would always close the night with 'Good Night Sweetheart, Good Night' by The Spaniels, regardless of the type of event we were doing...it was pretty effective at emptying a room when the house lights came up.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4p9RSShJcA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4p9RSShJcA
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4p9RSShJcA)
The chords are pretty simple as seen here:

http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/misc_unsigned_bands/the_spaniels_-_goodnight_sweetheart_crd.htm

Jim Yates
02-21-2015, 06:53 AM
How about So Long, It's Been Good To Know You?

. . . or The Parting Glass - Many folks, including Bob Dylan, have done different versions of this song with different changes. Here are the ones I use:

The Parting Glass

Of [Am] all the [F] money [C] e'er I [G7] spent,
I [C] spent it [F] in good [G7] company.
And [Am] all the [F] harm that [C] e'er I've [G7] done,
A[C]las! [F] 'Twas [C] done [G7] to [Am] none but me.
And [C] all [F] I've [C] done for want [F] of [C] wit
To [F] mem'ry [Dm] now I [C] can't re[G7]call
So [C] fill to [F] me the [C] parting [G7] glass
Good[C]night [F]and [C] joy [G7] be [Am] with you all.

Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.

If I had money enough to spend,
And leisure time to sit awhile,
There is a fair maid in this town,
That sorely has my heart beguiled.
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips,
I own she has my heart in thrall,
Then fill to me the parting glass,
Good night and joy be with you all.

ralphk
02-21-2015, 11:45 AM
Happy Trails and I'll Fly Away are good. Just make sure you end on a happy note, not a depressing song.

Manalishi
02-21-2015, 11:20 PM
At my old club we often finished with CCR's 'Up Around The Bend'
An easy 4 chord rocker that works surprisingly well on ukulele and
everyone can sing their respective heads off!

studemobile
02-22-2015, 01:48 AM
I think it was Jack LaLane that ended his show with these lyrics sung to the tune of O Solo Meo:
It's time to leave you, lets say goodbye
these precious moments, just seem to fly,
Here's my wish for you
May the good lord bless and keep you to.

If the last line is too religious you could change it.

Of course you could get silly with Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks "How can I miss You When You Won't Go away"!

Thumb and Strum,
Stu

ricdoug
02-22-2015, 10:46 AM
As alaka'i of a small kanikapila, join hands in a circle and sing the first verse of Hawai'i Aloha. Here's pictures I took from the stage last week. We have a large chart with the words in olelo Hawai'i' so members can learn. About a third know it by heart, now:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/HawaiiAloha1.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/HawaiiAloha2.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/HawaiiAloha3.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/HawaiiAloha4.jpg

ricdoug
02-22-2015, 10:48 AM
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/HawaiiAloha5.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/HawaiiAloha6.jpg

Dan Uke
02-22-2015, 06:29 PM
It would be crazy if everyone in the group could play Crazy G perfectly in unison!!

joekulele
02-22-2015, 07:08 PM
At the Turlock Uke Jamz, we always end with This Land Is Your Land.