Hobo’s Lullaby – #Ukulele Travis Picking with Chords and Lyrics

Goebel Reeves wrote and recorded this song in 1936. He set his lyrics to the melody of the Civil War song, “After the Battle Mother.” It has become a standard among the folk music crowd and has been recorded by many including Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, and Emmylou Harris among others.


I played it as a 3-chord song in the key of G with fingerstyle accompaniment.


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:




Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords and Lyrics

Folksinger Ed McCurdy wrote “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” back in 1950, and more than seventy years later it’s a dream that most of us would still like to come true. It’s the theme song for the Peace Corps and has been recorded by many artists such as Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel, and John Denver.


My Get Up and Go – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords and Lyrics

“My Get Up and Go” was popularized in folk music circles by Pete Seeger. Pete didn’t write it but performed it regularly in concert. According to Pete Seeger’s autobiography, the actual author was a “newspaper man,” and when Pete contacted him to offer him royalties for the song, the author refused and said he’d rather remain anonymous, so Pete claimed to be the only one who knew the author’s true identity, and he never revealed that info.

I played it in the key of C as a ukulele strum-along in 3/4 time.