Back when I was a child in the 1980s I had a cassette tape (remember those?) called "Two Hands Hold the Earth" by an artist named Sarah Pirtle. You can actually still order it on CD! I hadn't thought about it for a long time, but a lot of the songs really stuck with me. One of those songs was "My Roots Go Down" and I thought it would be a great tune to sing in celebration of the earth and trees so I set out to fond ukulele chords for it. In my search, I found a video by musician Isaac Zones of him playing the song, but with some slightly different lyrics, each verse about a different part of a tree. Isaac listed his email in one of the comments on his video so I emailed him and he was kind enough to send me a complete chord chart!
After finding a few different versions of the song by various artists, I was inspired to write my own verses. In my version of the song each verse mentions a different part of a tree and a movement you can have the children do along with the song. Using Isaac's chord chart as a guide, I made a chart of my own, in the key of C rather than G. This song uses two chords that we haven't used in any of the songs I've listed on the site so far, but they are both very easy: A minor and C7:
Fingering charts from Coustii
The rest of the chords are C, F, and G, which we have gone over in some of my previous ukulele posts. If you need a review, click here! Click read more for my version of Sarah Pirtle's "My Roots Go Down"!