Road to Nowhere is from the time when Talking Heads hit their commercial peak, at least in the UK. It’s arguable that in achieving this commercial success they lost some of the weirdness and edginess that made them such an interesting and oddball proposition previously. But for all that, this still isn’t your average straightforward three-minute pop song. Opening with an acapella gospel-choir-type introduction, before giving way to a martial drum rhythm and sounds that – to these ears – are influenced by Cajun and Zydeco (listen to that accordion!).
This arrangement begins with that unaccompanied introduction, although I’ve cheated slightly by adding in single stroke chords to keep me in tune! I tend to play it echoing that martial rhythm throughout the accompanied parts of the song.
There are quite a few ukulele versions out there (just search road to nowhere ukulele in YouTube) although I’m not sure how many I’d recommend. Anyway, give it a try and see how it goes. Enjoy!
[11/02/14 UPDATE : Having now tried this one out with Southampton Ukulele Jam, I’ve added an updated version of the song sheet that includes musical notation for the opening, unaccompanied verse. We’ve found this really helps in getting the timing for that bit right. Song sheet is here.]