View Full Version : Maggie May (Rod Stewart cover w/ uke and strumstick)

06-21-2013, 11:30 PM

I like to try different stuff when making ukulele videos, so this time I decided to add vocals, ukulele, and strumstick to a karaoke track of Rod Stewart's great song. Hope you like my rendition!

06-22-2013, 11:51 AM
one of my fav songs,
really enjoyed this great job,

06-22-2013, 12:39 PM
Thanks, Wallyboy! :)

06-22-2013, 12:40 PM
always appreciate your songs..just subscribed to your Youtube channel.. your songs are great to play along with and, Lord knows, I need some 'rhythm' :)

Hippie Dribble
06-22-2013, 02:44 PM
Beautiful version John, a lovely vocal and superb melody parts. Just a wonderful cover mate, right up there with your very best stuff.

06-22-2013, 04:49 PM
I hesitated to open this because I love the song so much and it reminds of a special summer. But I did...and I am delightfully surprised! There's enough depth in the tracks to make it very rewarding, and I enjoyed watching you play that old Kanilea, especially the instrumental breaks. Thanks.

06-22-2013, 08:55 PM
Nice work John as always!

06-22-2013, 09:10 PM
Sweet work as always John, fabulous mate.

06-22-2013, 10:41 PM
Thanks, friends! I really appreciate it! :)

Here are the chords:

[ intro: D Em G D D Em G D D-D ]

[A] Wake up, Maggie, I [G] think I got something to [D] say to you
It’s [A] late September and I [G] really should be [D] back at school
I [G] know I keep you a[D]mused, but I [G] feel I’m being [A] used
Oh, [Em] Maggie, I couldn’t have [F#m] tried any [Em] more [ Asus A ]
You [Em] lured me away from [A] home
Just to [Em] save you from being a[A]lone
You [Em] stole my heart and [A] that’s what really [D] hurts

The [A] morning sun, when it’s [G] in your face really [D] shows your age
But [A] that don’t worry me [G] none, in my eyes you’re [D] everything
I [G] laughed at all of your [D] jokes
My [G] love you didn’t need to [A] coax
Oh, [Em] Maggie, I couldn’t have [F#m] tried any [Em] more [ Asus A ]
You [Em] lured me away from [A] home
Just to [Em] save you from being a[A]lone
You [Em] stole my soul, that’s a [A] pain I can do with[D]out

[A] All I needed was a [G] friend to lend a [D] guiding hand
But you [A] turned into a lover and
[G] mother what a lover you [D] wore me out
[G] All you did was wreck my [D] bed
and in the [G] morning kick me in the [A] head
Oh, [Em] Maggie, I couldn’t have [F#m] tried any [Em] more [ Asus A ]
You [Em] lured me away from [A] home
‘Cuz you [Em] didn’t wanna be a[A]lone
You [Em] stole my heart, I couldn’t [A] leave you if I [D] tried

[ guitar solo: Em A D G Em G D / ]

[A] I suppose I could col[G]lect my books and get on [D] back to school
Or [A] steal my daddy’s [G] cue and make a living out of [D] playing pool
Or [G] find myself a rock and roll [D] band that [G] needs a helping [A] hand
Oh [Em] Maggie I wish I’d [F#m] never seen your [Em] face
[ Asus A ] You made a [Em] first class fool out of [A] me
But I’m as [Em] blind as a fool can [A] be
You [Em] stole my heart, but I [A] love you any[D]way

[ guitar solo: Em A D G Em G D / Em A D G Em G ]

[ mandolin: //: D Em G D :// x5 ]

[D] Maggie, I [Em] wish I [G] never seen your [D] face [ / Em G D ]
I’ll [D] get on back [Em] home, [G] one of these [D] days
[ D ] woo [Em] oo [G D ]
//: D Em G D :// (fade)

06-24-2013, 11:46 AM
This was wonderfully done! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, keonepax! :-)

06-24-2013, 01:17 PM
Thanks for another great song cover and posting the chords!! (even the solos)

06-25-2013, 10:40 AM
Thanks, Chelle! Thanks, Shirley! ;)

07-03-2013, 08:02 AM
Great job! One of my favorite songs of all time, and really well done, John.

07-03-2013, 10:09 AM
Cool song, Pax.

07-03-2013, 04:16 PM
Thanks, friends! ;)

mm stan
07-03-2013, 09:47 PM
Aloha John,
This was one of my favorite songs way back then...great playing and singing...wow brought back memories.. :)

07-03-2013, 11:56 PM
Mahalo, Stan! Hard to believe this was meant to be a B-side of a single!

07-05-2013, 06:30 PM
Great job and thanks so much for posting the chords and lyrics for this both here and with your YouTube description. It sure is a big help, and makes it much easier to play along with you while watching. I've tried finding note tablature for the guitar and mandolin solos that are finger picked toward the end, but I have not had any success yet. Should I be able to pull them out of the chord progressions you give for these parts?

You also do a bit of single note picking + strumming with the intro. With enough viewing I should be able to get that down, but is there any tablature available for it as well? Many thanks - ddanner

07-05-2013, 08:22 PM
Thanks, Dennis! In the intro, I'm mainly strumming along with the karaoke track... nothing really fancy... just wanted to add some uke flavor to the intro. The guitar solos were a bit more involved. Where I could, I tried to play along with the guitar solo in the karaoke track, but where the required skill level was beyond me, I tabbed out some bits that I thought would sound okay being played along with the guitar solo, sort of just complementing what's on the karaoke track. I'm not a great player by any means, but I was pretty satisfied how it turned out. For the mandolin parts, I tried to follow the melody but played mainly 8th notes. I haven't practiced mandolin-style finger picking.

Anyway, my main goal was to have fun with a karaoke track and see if I could add some nice ukulele flavoring to it. I enjoy trying different things. Each endeavor presents new challenges.