“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train Ukulele Chords

It’s been cool to see how pop music has been drawing attention to the ukulele over the past few years. One such song is Train’s single Hey, Soul Sister off their “Save Me, San Francisco” album. Today, we’ll be looking at the chords for this song (scroll down a bit more for the chords).

Chords Used in “Hey, Soul Sister”

As a four chord song, there aren’t going to be a lot of chords to learn, however, the song is played in the key of E, which means you’ll have to incorporate some bar chords. Here are the chords you will need to know:

E major

B major


A major

“Hey, Soul Sister” Video

In this video, Train performs Hey, Soul Sister with just the ukulele.

Hey, Soul Sister Chords by Train

E    B       C#m     A
Heeey, heeeey, heeeey!

-     E
Your lipstick stains
B                       C#m              A
On the front lobe of my left side brains
-                     E
I knew I wouldn't forget you,
-                  B              C#m   A    B
And so I went and let you blow my mind
-     E
Your sweet moonbeam,
B                         C#m             A
The smell of you in every single dream I dream
-                E
I knew when we collided,
-                        B
You're the one I have decided
-               C#m    A   B
Who's one of my kind

Hey soul sister
B               E     B       A
Ain't that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo
-    B                  E        B
The way you move ain't fair you know
Hey soul sister
B               E      B       A             B
I don't want to miss a single thing you do...
- E
-   B        C#m     A
Heeey, Heeeeey heeeey!

Just in time,
B                      C#m                 A
I'm so glad you have a one track mind like me
-                   E
You gave my life direction
-                 B                    C#m  A  B
A game show love connection, we can't deny
-    E
I'm so obsessed
B                               C#m               A
My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest
-             E                             B
I believe in you, "Like a Virgin," you're Madonna,
-                    C#m                 A    B
And I'm always gonna want to blow your mind

Hey soul sister
B               E     B       A
Ain't that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo
-    B                  E        B
The way you move ain't fair you know
Hey soul sister
B               E      B       A             B
I don't want to miss a single thing you do...
- E
-   B        C#m     A
Heeey, Heeeeey heeeey!

-    E
The way you can cut a rug,
B                              C#m
Watching you's the only drug I need
- (C#m cont'd)
You're so gangsta, I'm so thug,
-           A
You're the only one I'm dreaming of
-    E                          B
You see, I can be myself now finally,
-                               C#m
In fact there's nothing I can't be
-           B                  A        B
I want the world to see you'll be with me

Hey soul sister
B               E     B       A
Ain't that Mr. Mister on the radio, stereo
-    B                  E        B
The way you move ain't fair you know
Hey soul sister
B               E      B       A             B
I don't want to miss a single thing you do tonight
Hey soul sister
B               E      B       A             B
I don't want to miss a single thing you do...
- E
-   B        C#m     A
Heeey, Heeeeey heeeey!
- E
-   B        C#m     A
Heeey, Heeeeey heeeey!
- E

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  1. Thomas (France)

    Hey man!

    First thanks for your website, it’s pretty awesome and it helps me a lot! I’m a beginner at ukulele, and your videos, tricks and chords library are perfect for me.

    However I’ve got a small problem with this song: what is the strumming pattern? Thanks!

    Keep up the good work 😉

    • Thanks, Thomas! I’m glad you like Ukulele Tricks! I want to eventually create a video explaining the strumming pattern for this song. I would say though it’s most comparable to the strumming pattern for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which I explained and taught here. It’s very similar. The tempo’s might be slightly different and the chords will be different. Let me know if that helps you out!

      • Thomas (France)

        Oh great! I’m actually also learning Somewhere over the rainbow. But I do guess it’s the same strumming pattern, but without picking the G chord before strumming?

        • I still pluck the top string for Hey Soul Sister with my thumb for some of the chord changes, but you could probably substitute the thumb pluck with a down strum too.

          • Thomas (France)

            Ok great, thanks for your help :)

  2. dale

    nice job,well,done,Bravo,
    Thank you,thank You very much,…Love,…g.o.d.d,
    (good ol’ dale don’tchaknow)

  3. Gracie Lyons

    I love this website it is great!!! I am only 13 but i have a ukulele and can’t wait to look at more music!!!:p

  4. josh

    ukulele is beautiful its easy to know the chords

  5. Hannah

    Thanks for this, I love the website but I can’t quite get the fingering for E major. It may just be my small hands but I don’t know.

    Thanks :)

    • Hey Hannah,

      E major is definitely tricky. There are two ways you might play it. I like it to play it using my index finger to barre all strings on the second fret. I then use my ring finger to bar the top three strings on the fourth fret.

      If you have smaller fingers and hands, you might try instead, placing your index finger on the 2nd fret of the bottom string, middle finger on the 4th fret of the top string, ring finger on the 4th fret of the second to top string, and then your pinky on the 4th fret of the second to bottom string. I don’t do this way because my fingers are too fat and won’t fit. :)

      Hope this helps.

      • Ben

        I also prefer to bar the second fret and use my ring finger to then bar the 3 strings on the 4th fret, same way I play an E major on the 7th fret of a guitar……but, I’ve seen many people play E major by just barring the 3 strings on the 4th fret and muting the very bottom string by just letting the finger touch it so that it makes no sound at all. A little less pleasing, but much easier to play…..

        • Great recommendation.

        • Richard

          Or you can tune your uke like Jimmy Stafford, with the low G tuned up to an A. Makes all the chords easier…

    • Nicole

      Instead of E, you can use C. Instead of B you can use G. Instead of C#m you can use Am. Instead of A you can use F. its what I do and it’s way easier and sounds better. just make sure you have a capo on the 4th fret.

      • Great tip, Nicole!

        For anyone who is interested in getting more information about changing the key of a song (transposing), check out this lesson here:


        • Rachel

          Can you explain how capos are used and what they do exactly please? :)
          Thanks :)

          • Capos are used to barre all four strings of the ukulele on any fret. This allows you to transpose the key. For example, in “Hey Soul Sister” if you place a capo on the fourth fret and use the chords C, G, Am, F to play the song, while you’re playing chords in the key of C, you’re technically playing in the key of E major because the capo transposes those chords to “sound” in E major. For more about transposing, check out this lesson here:


  6. Steve

    I am thinking of starting the ukulele, but i already play the guitar and I am confused with the notes and chords, should I still join? Also, does a really expensive ukulele make a difference rather than a really cheap one?

    • Steve, definitely download my free lesson book if you haven’t already. I go over chords, strumming patterns, and some songs. You already got a leg up on others just starting since you play the guitar.

      Generally, you get what you pay for when it comes to ukulele. Typically, the more you pay, you’re paying for a ukulele constructed out of solid wood versus a laminate or plywood. You can get a decent solid wood ukulele for anywhere from $300+. The higher you go, you are usually paying for the frills like pearl inlays, finishes, etc.

      This is all to say you can get a really great quality, entry-level ukulele for $100 – $200. I’d suggest going to a music store and trying some out!

  7. grace

    hey i was just wondering if you are going to do a strumming pattern for this song?? thanks (:

  8. Emma

    Hey, I’ve downloaded your e-book and have learnt a couple of basic songs and Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World but I can’t get the hang of the chord C#m :\ Any assistance? I have pretty small hands

    • C#m is a tough chord! This is because you have to barre the strings. It takes awhile for your fingers and hand to build up strength to get enough pressure on the strings to let the chord ring out clearly. The best thing is practice.

      However, you might check out our chord library and see if there are any variations for the C#m chord that would be easier for you to play. You can take a look here:


  9. rachel

    hi Brett!!!
    i absolutely love this website, i am still a beginner, at my ukulele, but i can now play hey soul sister, trouble, and hallelujah (plus a bunch of little kid songs =) ) but i have trouble with singing and playing at the same time, and was wondering if you could help, and maybe if you have free time posting a tutorial on just some pointers and advice
    thx so much!!!!

  10. Nopliss

    What about us with balls? We would need chords a little higher (or lower) to be able to sing this song. Thanx.

  11. Nicole

    can you please give me the strum pattern for this song??
    ex: d-dudu (wat ever it is…)
    its all i need then i can play the song :)

    • Hey Nicole, you’re actually on the right track. The strumming pattern is down, down up, down up, down up played to a count of four. The biggest part to playing this strumming pattern is accenting beats 2 and 4 to create a pulse of sorts.

  12. Annie

    Love this song! This was super helpful :) I’m also a singer/songwriter and was given a uke for my birthday a few days ago from my bf :) Ive fallen in love with the cheerful sound!!! 😀 Can’t wait to get writing on my uke aswell :)
    Thanks again for this site, love it!

  13. Randy

    Hey Brett! On the chord sheet there seems to be two chords stacked one on top the other. It only appears that way on the left side of the page. Is this a quick change or what? I’m way new, but you’ve gotten me through Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Maybe you can work your magic here! Thanks!

    • Hey Randy, I’m trying to figure out what two chords you are talking about. Did you print this page? I wonder if somehow the text printed weird and squished the chords on top of each other. Just let me know! I’d love to help.

  14. Amanda

    Can you post the chords for more english pop songs? Would appreciate it, love your site!! Very helpful :)

  15. Juschilin'

    With the A Major, i don’t get how it works?! It’s not possible is it?!

    • How do you mean? Can you explain the issue you are facing in a bit more detail?

  16. Laneie

    Hey, does anyone have any recommendations for memorizing chords?

    • Laneie

      Why do comments go under under moderation?

      • Unfortunately, some people spam the comments, so I have to approve them. Next time you comment you won’t have to wait to get approved.

    • Repetition is key in this. Your fingers and your brain need that repetition of the chord positions to remember. After awhile, it’ll become second nature where you don’t have to think about it!

  17. Vikki

    What does it mean when you show a double chord over a lyric:
    For example:

    ‘I don’t wanna miss a single thing you do’- the is a B and then another B under it

    Thanks :)

    • Hey Vikki, great questions! The B chord at the tail end of that line is changed to when in the middle of singing “do.” I’d recommend taking a listen to the video to hear how these chords change over this line.

  18. Hope

    I noticed in the Chord Library you had different variations for each chord. What are the some of the more simple chord variations for the four chords in this song? Thank you for creating such a clear and informative website!

    • If the key of E major is too difficult right now (it’s a tough key), I would suggest transposing the song to the key of C major. This means the chords would change like so: E = C, B = G, C#m = Am, and A = F. This means the chord progression would become C, G, Am, F.

  19. Aurora

    Hi Brett, I was wondering if you could put this song up, my mom really likes it and I was trying to learn it for her birthday but I can’t find the right chords anywhere! Thanks

    • Aurora

      sorry I forgot to put this on :]
      I’ll see you in my dreams * Gus Kahn / Islam Jones
      (as performed at the Concert For George by Joe Brown)

  20. Kobe

    Hey Brett. Im new with the ukulele but i have learned a handful of songs like somewhere over the rainbow, what a wonderful world, im yours, lucky, price tag, the a team, i get the first part of hey soul sister i just cant get the switching of chords in the lyrics it is tricky. Thanks and i love this website only had the ukulele for 3 days and this website has really helped me… need help on hey soul sister chorus thanks

    • Ricky

      In the chorus after “hey soul sister” aint that mister * switch up down* switch up down * A major the whenever you see the chord do the same process

  21. cole

    What would you tune the ukulele or put the cabo

    • To playing in C major, using the chords C, G, Am, F, you would put the capo on the fourth fret to “sound” the song in the key of E major. This would allow you to play along with the audio recording of the song.

  22. leah

    Thank you for this awesome website. I play the piano and would like to play the ukulele to play this song (and Jason Mraz’s I’m yours) for my daughter to sing along. Of course I’ve never played one before. On Amazon there’s a ukulele for $122, it’s called Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Ukulele. You said you get what you pay for and when you pay even more you get all the inlays, and pretty stuff. I just want a really good one without the pretty stuff. Since I won’t know about the quality of a ukulele in a music store (since I don’t know how to play one at all), I’d like to see what you think …is this one of good quality? Thank you so much.

    • Hey Leah, I’ve played the OU5 at local music stores around here and it would be a great ukulele. It held tune for me just fine and sounded great! You can’t go wrong with that choice if you’re new to the ukulele.

  23. ermalyn

    hi how do i do the fingerings like 2nd finger on the third fret on the 4th string and stuff like that- i having trouble

    • Hi Ermalyn, I’m afraid I don’t fully understand the question. Can you be a bit more specific? I’d love to help you out!

  24. Kriskind

    Brett it’s cool but I don’t know the strumming pattern

  25. Adit Vaddi

    I’m a bit confused. The e Major chord show here is different from the E major chord show on the ” 11 must know uke chords for beginners” Why is the e major different?

    • Hi Adit, chords can be played in different positions and variations around the ukulele fretboard. Since chords are made up of individual, separate notes. If you rearrange the order in which you play those individual notes on each string of the ukulele, you get different chord positions. You can check out variations on different chord positions in my ukulele library here:


  26. Davina Jones

    You’re doing a great job! Uke is such a wonderful instrument and having someone give helpful tips and tricks is invaluable for newcomers and old hands alike. This song is great fun to play and your lessons on blues fingering were ace. Thanks for doing what you do!

  27. Joesph Dail

    Hi Brett Mcqueen!!! I have a really big problem, I seem to have trouble on playing the E chord any tips?

    • Hi Joseph, I like to use my index finger to barre the 2nd fret and then I like to use my ring finger to barre the top three strings at the 4th fret. It’s a tough chord for sure and takes a lot of practice.

  28. Kate

    I have a soprano uke tuned English. Do I need to tune it differently to make the chords sound like those in your “Hey Soul Sister” video? Or would I need a capo? I saw your answer to “Cole” previously, but wasn’t sure if this is what you meant.

    • Hi Kate, if you are tuned in English tuning, I’m assuming you are tuned up a whole step to aDF#B. If so, you would need to tune your strings down a whole step to standard tuning (gCEA). Unfortunately, a capo wouldn’t be of much use in order to play along with me unless you wanted to capo at the 10th fret, which is really impractical.

  29. Allyson

    How do you strum throughout this song?

    Thank You!

  30. Richard Tingle

    I play the E chord with my index finger on the first fret of the G, my middle or ring on the second fret of the A, and my pinky on the fourth fret of the C because when I try to bar the chord I do not get a good sound. Do you think this is a good way to play the E chord?

    • Hi Richard, this is a good way to play an E chord as well. The challenge for most people with this position is the stretching required.

  31. Sarah Taufiq

    Hi! I’m a beginner. Can I know the the strum pattern?

  32. Ashlee

    Hey, I was wondering, when playing the chords, if my fingers don’t reach, I use my thumb for the higher strings. Is that an alright thing to do?

    • Hi Ashlee, I’ve seen ukulele players do this. Some would say this is bad technique but if your fingers are too small to reach, then I think it’s just fine to do this. I’m always trying to find ways to make it easier to play chords.

      • Marion

        Hi, I’m new here! That youtube was so awesome yet so annoying all at the same time. I just wanted to watch the Ukulele player the whole time. I got the strumming stored its just the E chord I’m having trouble with. Usually it’s not a problem but with this particular sequence of chords its so tricky!! I’m trying to barre the 2nd fret and the top three on fret 4 as you suggested above but I can’t keep the A string open on the 4th fret- If you get what I mean!??!! Practice practice practice… Your website is awesome btw. Aroha nui from NZ

  33. Liam

    Playing A up the neck is easier I think. 4246, especially since c#m is 4446

  34. Josh

    Hey man, i got my first uke but the strings seem really loose on them and it affects my strum when i strum up. do you think its just needing a change of strings? it is a pretty budget ukulele just something to get started on i guess.

  35. Ellie

    This is awesome
    I’m twelve and I own a ukulele. I go to a Performing Arts school so I gotta learn 5 instruments. And this was my audition piece 😀 Thankie

  36. Bryce

    I don’t read the notes because it is hard for me, so I just go on websites like yours and lean the songs that way is that good???

    • Everyone has different goals and ambitions when it comes to playing an instrument. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  37. alex

    is there any other variations of E? im not getting the hang out of that chords either

  38. Sofia

    I do love this. The chords are perfect. I’m not sure if they’re the right key, but having a nearly perfect ear, I can say that they sound just right!! Even then, who cares if it’s in the same key? Excellent chart, I love it!!!

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