Jambalaya by Hank Williams is a natural fit for ʻukulele! It only uses two chords and is immediately recognizable to most folks!
To start, try to focus on just getting the chord changes down. If you have to skip a few strums to get to the chords on time, that’s fine. The good news is that the original recording is in the key of C so you can play along with Hank on your uke and still use easy chords.
Do this for a while before you try to sing while playing. Trying to sing and play at once is much harder and you need to be very confident with your strumming and chords, otherwise you’ll get thrown off as you try to remember the words too!
C G7 Goodbye, Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh C Me gotta go, pole the pirogue down the bayou G7 My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh my oh. C Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou. Chorus: C G7 Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo C 'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio G7 Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o C Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou Solo: C G7 C G7 C C G7 Thibodaux, Fontaineaux, the place is buzzin' C Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen G7 Dress in style and go hog wild, me oh my oh C Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou Chorus> Solo> Chorus>