“Rude” ʻUkulele Chords By Magic!

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There are few poppy reggae songs as fun to play as the Rude ʻukulele chords shown here.

The simple hit number is performed by a Canadian band called Magic! and was released as the first single from their debut album, Don’t Kill the Magic. Not a bad way to start off a recording career…

To play the Rude ʻukulele chords, all you need is some practice with a reggae strum on beats 2 & 4. More about reggae strumming styles here.

The chords themselves are easy – just F, G, C, and Am throughout the song. If you want more of a challenge, try using higher voicings and a lift mute to stop the sound of each chord.

These are simplified chords for Rude. If you want to play along with the recording, simply tune your ʻukulele up a half step or slap a capo on the 1st fret to take you up to the key of Bbm/Db. You could also download Anytune and process the song so it sounds a half-step lower. In this way the ʻukulele chords you see here for Rude will match the lower pitch of the altered recording.
Rude Ukulele ChordsRude ʻUkulele Chords
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F        G                      Am 
Saturday morning, jumped out of bed and put on my best suit 
F         G                    Am 
Got in my car and raced like a jet, all the way to you 
F               G                     C                  Am 
Knocked on your door with heart in my hand, to ask you a question 
F                  G                       C       Am 
'Cause I know that you're an old fashioned man (yeah,yeah) 

Pre-Chorus: 
F                                G 
Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? 
C                        Am 
Say yes,say yes,'cause I need to know 
             F                                G 
You say I'll never get your blessing ‘til the day I die 
      C      (Em)            Am 
Tough luck my friend but the answer is no!

Chorus: 
F             G          C              Am 
Why you gotta be so rude? Don't you know I'm human,too? 
F             G          C          Am 
Why you gotta be so rude? I'm gonna marry her anyway 
F                 G 
(Marry that girl) Marry her anyway 
C                       Am 
(Marry that girl) Yeah, no matter what you say 
F                     G 
(Marry that girl) And we'll be a family 
C             Am     F      G    C 
Why you gotta be so… rude?

F         G                     C             Am 
I hate to do this, you leave no choice, can't live without her 
F          G                  C      Am 
Love me or hate me we will be both, standing at that alter 
F          G       C           Am 
Or we will runaway, to another galaxy, you know 
F                 G            C            Am 
You know she's in love with me, she will go anywhere I go 

Pre-Chorus: 
F                                G 
Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? 
C                        Am 
Say yes,say yes,'cause I need to know 
             F                                G 
You say I'll never get your blessing ‘til the day I die 
      C      (Em)            Am 
Tough luck my friend but the answer is no!

Chorus: 
F             G          C              Am 
Why you gotta be so rude? Don't you know I'm human,too? 
F             G          C          Am 
Why you gotta be so rude? I'm gonna marry her anyway 
F                 G 
(Marry that girl) Marry her anyway 
C                       Am 
(Marry that girl) Yeah, no matter what you say 
F                     G 
(Marry that girl) And we'll be a family 
C             Am     F      G    C 
Why you gotta be so… rude?

Instrumental: (F G C Am) 

Pre-Chorus: 
F                                G 
Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life? 
C                        Am 
Say yes,say yes,'cause I need to know 
             F                                G 
You say I'll never get your blessing ‘til the day I die 
      C      (Em)            Am 
Tough luck my friend but the answer is no!

Chorus: 
F             G          C              Am 
Why you gotta be so rude? Don't you know I'm human,too? 
F             G          C          Am 
Why you gotta be so rude? I'm gonna marry her anyway 
F                 G 
(Marry that girl) Marry her anyway 
C                       Am 
(Marry that girl) Yeah, no matter what you say 
F                     G 
(Marry that girl) And we'll be a family 
C             Am     F      G    C 
Why you gotta be so… rude?

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