One Day ʻUkulele Chords By Matisyahu

matisyahu one day album coverOne Day by Matisyahu is a member of the “one” club of ʻukulele reggae songs – simple, four-chord reggae songs that are easy to play on the ʻukulele.

One Day, One Love, One Drop, etc… Matisyahu delivers an upbeat smash hit here and as predicted, the One Day ʻukulele chords are simple and fun to play.

I first heard this song covered by Barry Flanagan from Hapa, but shortly after saw a beautiful video that featured the original. The gifts of kindness and true potential of people portrayed stuck with me and I finally took the time to get familiar with the words. It’s now one of my favorite songs to sing and teach.

Video Lesson:

Here’s a lesson video I made geared toward the beginning ʻukulele player, but the song would be a great addition to anybody’s performing or teaching repertoire.

Since the One Day chords are so simple, it’s nice to have some more options to decorate your ʻukulele part. When I play this song I like to utilize the notes that naturally fit around the chords. By adding just one different note while you play each chord really adds a lot to the song. There’s more about this idea here (part 2).

one day matisyahu cover ukulele chordsOne Day ‘Ukulele Chords
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C           G             Am   
Sometimes I lay under the moon 
And thank God I'm breathing
C      G                  Am 
Then I pray don't take me soon
'Cause I am here for a reason

C                       G 
Sometimes in my tears I drown 
      Am                  F
But I never let it get me down
        G                G 
So when negativity surrounds 
  Am                  F
I know some day it'll all turn around 

C                      G
All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
For the people to say
C                   G
That we don't wanna fight no more
There will be no more wars
And our children will play
C        G        Am       F
One day, one day, one day...
C        G        Am       F
One day, one day, one day...

C           G         Am 
It's not about win or lose, 
We all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood-drenched pavement
Am                        F
Keep on moving though the waters stay raging
C       G                      Am        F
In this maze you can lose your way (your way)
It might drive you crazy but 
G                        Am      F
don't let it faze you no way (no way)



One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate

One day we'll all be free
And proud to be
Under the same sun
Singing songs of freedom like
C         G      Am     F
Woy yo...
C        G      Am     F
Woy yo yo yo...


By Brad Bordessa

I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me

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