It’s a Crazy World – #Ukulele Travis Picking with Chords and Lyrics

“It’s a Crazy World” was written by singer-songwriter Mac McAnally when he was just 16 years old. It wasn’t a huge hit although it did reach #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s been a favorite of mine since I heard Doc Watson’s version on his 1978 album, “Look Away.”


This song uses “Travis Picking” fingerstyle accompaniment on the ukulele. Many of my songs use the same technique and it’s simple once you get the hang of it, although it may take quite a bit of practicing it slowly to master it.


The first three example patterns on my fingerstyle tutorial show you how to play it. Here’s a link:

Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial

I’ve also created a separate category just for the Travis Picking style where you can find other songs that I play in the same style. You can find it here: