Too Depressed for the Ukulele (Featuring Friends)

by Kara Square



“Too Depressed for the Ukulele” is a depression-crushing ukulele rock anthem sing-along featuring crowd-sourced vocals from ten friends and three types of ukuleles. These gifted friends include: TheDICE (vocals and cover art), Jack Burgess (vocals and bass), Mary Burgess, Shannon Root Lee, Rob Walker, Nealbot, Speck, SackJo22, Moira Waugh, and Snowflake.

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The ukulele is often associated with happiness, silliness, vacations, Tiny Tim, that sort of thing. But what if your primary songwriting instrument is the happy little ukulele and you’re inspired to write a song, but happen to be seriously depressed? When Kara Square wrote “Too Depressed for the Ukulele,” she was in a state of depression. As she continued to write the song, her mood lightened and she thought about how playing the ukulele transforms her mental state. Kara didn’t plan for the song to have a happy ending. The ukulele inspired happiness as she played.

Kara Square cordially invited anyone and everyone to join the happy chorus of this ukulele rock anthem sing-along in the interest of crushing depression everywhere. Ten friends from the United States, Italy, and South Australia raised their voices and took the song to greater heights. As each individual recorded their vocals and sent them to Kara, she added them to the mix and shared the updated demos. In this way, layers of vocal harmonies and melodies took the track in an inspired direction that culminated in the vocal-only choir outro.


released September 13, 2013

Words, Music, Production by Kara Square
Cover Design by Kara Square and TheDICE
Logo by Joel Frijters from SoundAdvantage

Dedicated to my dear Friends who made this track magical.

BASS by Jack Burgess

Mary Burgess
Shannon Root Lee
Jack Burgess
Rob Walker
Moira Waugh




Kara Square Columbus, Ohio

Kara Square is a ukulele slinging nerd who will write a song about anything. She is currently composing an instrumental album called 'Ukulele Duels.' She has a surfer pop rock album in the works with Piero Peluche called 'Square Meter.' Kara Square is 1/2 of the electro pop duo Team Smile and Nod. She is an active member and Admin of the international Creative Commons remix website ... more

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Track Name: Too Depressed for the Ukulele (Featuring Friends)
I’m too depressed for the ukulele
Too depressed to hear it play
I’m too depressed for livin' life today
Its little sound might cheer me up
And I’m way too down for this happy stuff
I’m too depressed for the ukulele today

On most days nothing can get in my way
On most days I am a-okay with just ukulele


You may say HEY baby, just grab your ukulele
You may say HEY kid a little strummin’ would
Do you some good!


It’s gonna be all right
It’s gonna be just fine
I’m gonna turn it all around
Is what I tell myself


So there I went and wrote this song
I’m feeling better, but I’d feel better still
If you’d sing along!

Not too depressed for the ukulele
Not too depressed to hear it play
Not too depressed for living' life today
Its little sound will cheer us up
That’s why we play this happy stuff
Not too depressed for the ukulele today

Instrumental Break