Ukulele Video Lesson - Cheers Theme

This ukulele video lesson is the theme from the classic 80’s TV series Cheer’s.  The song title is actually known as “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”, which was written by Gary Portnoy and co-written by Judy Hart Angelo. Gary Portnoy performed this famous tune.

Cheer’s was the name of the bar that this TV series portrayed. It was a sitcom about average people that went to the bar, to wind down, and to vent their everyday problems. This was a show that a lot of actors and actresses got their “big” start in the acting business. Ted Danson, Shelly Long, Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, Woody Harrelson, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, to name a few. There were two spinoffs from this show, The Tortelli’s and Frasier.

Chords In This Ukulele Video Lesson

The song starts off with a short riff in Bb and F, which is played twice. Start by strumming Bb once. While holding Bb, pick the C, E, G, and A strings, in that order. For the A string picking part, place your pinky on the fifth fret of the A string, while holding Bb. Then strum F two times, with your ring finger or pinky on the third fret on the A string. Repeat this pattern once more.

It then goes into the first verse, strumming Bb and F, for four different times. Then it breaks off to G#, G, Cm, and F in the next line of the verse. Next, the chorus breaks down to F, F7, Bb, G#, Eb, with a quick passing played in F, Bb, and C. Then back to Bb, G#, Eb, and passing again in F, Bb, and C. The last verse is played in Dm, Eb, Dm Eb, Dm, Eb, F, Bb. It ends with Bb, F, Bb, F, and Bb.


Bb                                 F

Making your way in the world today

Bb                                F

Takes everything you got

Bb                    F

Taking a break from all your worries

Bb                         F

Sure would help a lot

G#                 G              Cm   F

Wouldn't you like to get away

F        F7                       Bb

Sometimes you want to go

                    G#                        Eb   F Bb C

Where everybody knows your name

Bb               G#                      Eb    F Bb C

And they're always glad you came

Dm                    Eb

You want to be where you can see

        Dm                        Eb

The troubles are all the same

        Dm                       Eb            F         Bb

You want to be where everybody knows your name

Exit - Bb, F, Bb, F, and Bb

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