View Full Version : Recommendation needed: Retirement song

04-26-2011, 01:03 PM
My co-worker, who plays ukulele and has a great voice, and I, who play ukulele, would like to perform a song for another co-worker who is retiring in a few weeks. We were thinking of playing "Aloha Oe," but we played that last year for a different retiring co-worker, or IZ's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," but my co-worker can't find a comfortable key to sing it in and her voice is the whole show. Any suggestions? Hawaiian would be nice, but we mostly just want a "farewell and best wishes" song that would sound good on an ukulele. Mahalo!

04-26-2011, 01:10 PM
If you want to do something a little tongue in cheek, there is always "You Been A Good Ol' Wagon (But You DoneBroke Down)"

Personally, I love Della Reese's version of that song.


04-26-2011, 01:13 PM
I was in the same spot. What I did was "What a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong. I handed out the lyrics on a piece of paper and had everyone sing along. It was unique and worked out really well.

Happy retirement.

A ukulele is a great retirement gift everyone can chip in on. And throw in 4 free lessons

Stay tuned...

04-26-2011, 01:18 PM
Probably not appropriate in this case, but I'd pick "Good Riddance" by Greenday for my own retirement bash.

04-26-2011, 01:27 PM
how about 'forever young'?

04-26-2011, 01:42 PM
Seems I dimly remember an old song called "Gold Watch and Chain." Seems like it was kind of sad though, so maybe not appropriate.

You could always do the Beatles "When I'm 64" :)


Ukulele JJ
04-26-2011, 02:02 PM
I played uke and sang for a coworker's retirement party a few months back. I wound up doing "When I'm 64", but with the lyrics changed in spots to be a bit funny and be about him and his hobbies, etc. Everybody seemed to get a big kick out of it.


Hippie Dribble
04-26-2011, 02:11 PM
hi Mark

great thread this one. here's my suggestion...


It's Pete Seeger singing "Get Up And Go". Lovely song, great sentiment, easy to play. :)

(if you want some chords shoot me a PM)

04-26-2011, 02:17 PM
Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon.....

04-26-2011, 02:47 PM
hi Mark

great thread this one. here's my suggestion...


It's Pete Seeger singing "Get Up And Go". Lovely song, great sentiment, easy to play. :)

(if you want some chords shoot me a PM)

How do I know my youth is all spent?
My Get up and Go has Got Up and went.
In spite of it all, I'm able to grin
When I think of the places my get up has been.

When I first heard that song, 45-odd years ago, I thought it was very funny.

Now, well... Yeah, I make a point of reading the obits. Too many folks I know, or have worked with are making apearances there.

But as Pete said, "If I'm not there, I know I'm not dead."

It is a great song. Good pick, Eugene!


Strummingbird Stu
04-26-2011, 04:11 PM
If you're looking for a "Hawaii" song, I strongly suggest "I'll Remember You". It has a beautiful melody and really nice simple lyrics. I have done it for several "going away" type occasions. The song was written by the late Kui Lee and was performed by him, as well as Don Ho and others. Please try to listen to it and see if it could be appropriate for you. Good luck!

Bill Mc
04-26-2011, 04:43 PM
"Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin. It sure sums up my retirement.

mm stan
04-26-2011, 05:06 PM
Aloha Mark,
You didn't mention if your co worker was male or female???

04-26-2011, 05:40 PM
We'll Meet Again.

04-26-2011, 07:21 PM
Great recommendations! Thanks so much for posting them, and keep 'em coming! Stan, the soon-to-be retiree is a female and she's basically the administrative glue that holds the place together.

04-27-2011, 05:04 PM
I wish someone would play for me at my retirement. If I could request a song, it would be You Can Take This Job and Shove It....

04-27-2011, 09:10 PM
"Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen

04-27-2011, 10:17 PM
Stay Hawaiian, but with English Lyrics.

"I'll Remember You" is a GREAT recommendation. Makaha Sons does an excellent version.
"Flying" Peter Moon Band.
"Crazy Without You" Pure Heart does an upbeat version, sort of personal though.
"Friends" Cecilio & Kapono
"Sailin'" C&K
"Breeze" Gabby Pahinui, personal too.
"Take Me Home, Country Road" Iz
"Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" Ka`au Crater Boys
"Highway in the Sun" C&K This one may be it. . .

harpdog cc
04-28-2011, 12:47 AM
"Good Riddance" by Greenday .

+ 1

The title is not so nice, but the lyrics are great

Hippie Dribble
04-28-2011, 12:52 AM
Loudon Wainwright, "The S%#t Song" :biglaugh: (very funny but maybe not appropriate? :o )

04-28-2011, 01:23 AM
We'll Meet Again.



04-28-2011, 04:20 AM
How about one of these that might fit the situation:

Don't be ashamed of your age
Father time and Gravity
I don't look good naked anymore
Too old to cut the mustard
So long it's been good to know you

And a special one:

Remember song

Ralph (old enough to relate!)

04-28-2011, 07:46 AM
Thanks for all the great ideas! My co-workers and I are mulling them all over.

04-28-2011, 10:58 AM
Aging Gratefully


04-28-2011, 12:33 PM
Hmmm, how 'bout "Take This Job and Shove It" :)

That's the one I've been rehearsing for when I hit the lottery...

05-01-2011, 08:12 PM
Thanks again for all the great suggestions! My co-worker and I have decided to play "To You Sweetheart, Aloha," written by Harry Owens in 1935. (We're going to be substituting our retiring colleague's name for the word "Sweetheart," and we'll replace the line in the song "In dreams I'll be with you, dear, tonight" with something more retirement-oriented.) Because most people here like their jobs, we decided to stay away from the "I'm outa here!" genre of work songs, and because my co-worker, who will be doing all the singing, is from Hawai'i, and I'll be playing ukulele, we decided to perform something with a Hawaiian flavor.

Here's what the song sounds like.


Thanks again for all the help.

05-02-2011, 12:20 AM
I retire in one year and am practicing Woody Guthrie's "So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh", the Weaver's version.