The coolest thing happened at ALA Midwinter in Denver this last week. I was at a burger place with some friends, sitting across from a librarian I don’t really know super-well, but whose work I admire. She casually told me that she had read one of my ukulele song posts, learned the song and played it for her story time, and she said that it went really well!

So many cool things happened in Denver, but this was a moment I’m going to remember for a long time. I don’t ever remember getting much feedback from a ukulele post before, and I realize that librarians with ukuleles is a very specific audience, but this was so encouraging for me. This particular librarian does so much good work (particularly regarding the Geisel award) and I didn’t even realize that she played the uke.

Anyways, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to keep the ukulele posts going because I wasn’t sure that anyone was reading them, but now I feel like I have a fresh set of wings.

Today, I’m featuring a song that is my standard for story times. I’ve been opening up with it for years. Even before I played the ukulele, I played the Raffi version on cd and danced with the kids (I don’t have to dance anymore thanks to the ukulele). I wouldn’t bring my ukulele to work until I had this one down. I knew that if I couldn’t play “Shake My Sillies Out” I wouldn’t be playing the ukulele in front of kids. Any time I pick up a new ukulele, and want to see how it sounds, this is the song I play.

Here are the chords. They are written in my terrible handwriting, and for that I apologize.

You can also listen to me play and sing it in a very rough version, here.

I hope someone out there can use this and learn it. It’s a great song, and one my students never get tired of, even though they hear it every week.

Ps. If this key doesn’t work for you, please let me know and I’ll transpose it for you.