Ukulele Jim

Ukulele Jim

 Santa Barbara, California, USA
SoloAmericanaAcoustic

Cali folk with an island vibe.

Biography

The music of Ukulele Jim blends soulful songwriting with uplifting pop sensibilities. The unique combination of lively ukulele and sentimentally self-reflective themes is embodied in a style that he has truly made his own. For more than a decade Jim has been crafting a dynamic listening experience that resonates with people of all ages. 

As a self-taught musician, Jim has been playing and writing music since 2004. He picked up the ukulele when he found out his wife was pregnant with twins, ensuring that his children would grow up in a home that was always full of music. The ukulele was a natural choice for its upbeat qualities. Music has become a cornerstone in their lives and has brought joy and purpose to his. 

From his home studio in Santa Barbara, Ukulele Jim uses the convenience of the Internet to work with talented musicians from all over the world, creating a virtual group free from geographical boundaries. This collaborative freedom allows Jim to switch styles between acoustic solo pieces to songs with a full band sound. 

Ukulele Jim has a singular sound encompassing everything that is wholesome about the Americana genre and has been described as "Cali folk with an island vibe." The combination of his lilting voice with the sweetness of the ukulele result in catchy sing-along tracks that bridge the gaps between pop, rock, country and folk music.

Lyrics

Madeline

Written By: James Andrew Clark

He believed she was a gift sent from above
She was the kind of girl that he'd been dreaming of
He knew that he was bound to fall in love
with Madeline

They lived together so in love for several years
Until the day she wrote a note and disappeared
He read the words she wrote and shed a tear
for Madeline

And he cried-

I'll wait for you 'til the end of time, Madeline
Please won't you just give me a sign, Madeline
Let me know if you're still mine, Madeline

He never understood just why she had to go
What did he do to make her want to hurt him so
He could fill an ocean with the things he didn't know
about Madeline

And he cried-

I'll wait for you 'til the end of time, Madeline
Please won't you just give me a sign, Madeline
Let me know if you're still mine, Madeline

The love that you give away
Comes back to you someday
So have the faith to say what's on your mind

Take care in the things you do
It’ll all come back to you
If you see it through it'll be all right

Fall on your knees and pray
That she'll come back some day
And you might hear her say she'll stay this time

She's the one for you
You tell yourself it's true
And try to hold on to that lonely lie

It always ends the same
There's no-one left to blame
So you call her name
O, Madeline

He left his home in search of another way
To find the girl who long ago had gone astray
Then one day to his house a letter came
from Madeline

And it read-

"I'll be home soon on the number 9, love of mine. You have always been on my mind.
I hope we're fine. See you soon. I love you.
Signed,
Madeline."

And he cried-

I'll wait for you 'til the end of time, Madeline
Please won't you just give me a sign, Madeline
Let me know if you're still mine, Madeline

My Madeline

Song of the Sky

Written By: James Andrew Clark

I am here, I fill the space
As I wait to see your face
I stand my ground, I wonder why
Will you hear me if I let out a cry
To the sky

The summer days turn into fall
And still I wait to hear your call
I hold on for your lovely voice
When I hear it, I shall rejoice
To the sky

Open your eyes
And see that I am alive

Like a breath becomes a wind
One will end, another one begins
You feel familiar in everything
When all is quiet, it's your name I sing
To the sky

Open your eyes
And see that I am alive

Home

Written By: James Andrew Clark

I've been away from my home for so long
I forgot what it's like to not be alone
I left behind me all the things that were good
Now I gotta get back before they're all gone

I'm going home
Back where I know I belong
I want to tell you I was wrong to roam
Now I'm going home

I look around me at the places I've been
And the people I meet, they all seem the same
Spirits wander in and out of my life
Always knowing my face but never my name

I'm going home
Back where I know I belong
I want to tell you I was wrong to roam
Now I'm going home

When I'm at home with you
The rest of the world falls away by the side
I know all the things you do
Will keep me satisfied
I really hope that you
Would still have a place for me
Because I'm on my way to you
You are where I want to be

Home
That's where I know I belong
I finally know I was wrong to roam
Now I'm going home

I'm going home
Where you are waiting for me
I know I never will be alone
When I get back home
So I'm going home

Discography

Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) (Single), 2018
Merry Thanks-O-Ween (Single), 2017
Wintertide (Single), 2015
Your Lovely Face (Single), 2013
I'm Ready (Single), 2013
Aloha from Christmas Island (EP), 2013
My Sweet Valentine (Single), 2012
Kickstarted! (EP), 2011
Fretting the Small Stuff (LP), 2011
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Single), 2011
Ukulele Jim's Jumping Flea Circus (LP), 2010
Let's Have An Old Fashioned Christmas (Single), 2010
Home (Single), 2010
Hearts In Harmony (Single), 2010
Madeline (EP), 2009
Ukulele Jim's Authentic Down Home Marital Aid (LP), 2009