Ukulele serenade series: “I Wasn’t Prepared”

This is part of a daily uke notation series released in advance of Valentine’s Day 2020. I have plans to do this in advance of other holidays and sabats, so if you have recommendations please let me know.

This shall be the last shout into this particular void.

For me this song has the same vibe as Faith No More’s “From Out of Nowhere” or KMFDM’s “Oh My Goth,” but adapts easily to a simple ukulele/voice set up.

It’s the wanting that draws me in & makes “I Wasn’t Prepared” perfect as my final selection for this series.

Off of Eisley’s 2005 release “Room Noises,” “I Wasn’t Prepared” can be played with a few chords and sounds beautiful with a sparse arrangement.

The vocals are a little challenging — probably more fitting for folx working with a soprano range — but there’s a lot of fun to be had in the attempt.

As usual, we’re working with a concert ukulele tuned to GCEA.

So, let’s get into the chords.

Chords

G

A|-2-|B
E|-3-|G
C|-2-|D
G|-0-|G

Gmaj7

A|-2-|B
E|-2-|F#
C|-2-|D
G|-0-|G

G7

A|-2-|B
E|-1-|F
C|-2-|D
G|-0-|G

Am

A|-0-|A
E|-0-|E
C|-0-|C
G|-2-|A

C

A|-3-|C
E|-0-|E
C|-0-|C
G|-0-|G

Csus2

A|-5-|D
E|-3-|G
C|-0-|C
G|-0-|G

Em

A|-2-|B
E|-3-|G
C|-4-|E
G|-0-|G

Verses

First verse

G                   Gmaj7
Oh, when the day is blue
  G7                        C
I sit here wondering about you
G                  Gmaj7
And how the pollen fell
G7                                     Am
All around your face in strange yellow patterns 

Second verse

G                Gmaj7
When the morning came
    G7                                      C
The bees flew down and wrapped themselves around me
G                           Gmaj7
And that's when I spoke the words
G7                                     Am
To have them trace your face for me in pollen 

Chorus and ending

Chorus

C                (Csus2)   Em
But, I wasn't prepared for this
C           (Csus2)   Em
I wasn't prepared for this

Ending

G                   Gmaj7
Oh, when the day is blue
  G7                        Am
I sit here and wonder about you 

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