I heard a great new song today I wanted to share because I’m not sure it’s been heard that often outside some parts of the world like Japan, Hawaii and among ukulele lovers. The song is Wish on My Star, by ukulele god Jake Shimabukuro, featuring Jennifer Perri on vocals. It was on Jake’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps CD (video of his amazing rendition) and featured in the movie Hula Girls that was big in Japan and Hawaii. However, other indications like relative lack of YouTube videos and views on them seem to suggest it hasn’t been heard much. That’s why I’m writing a post to share.
I love the song that much already that I would replace a song in my Top 30 Love Songs, which I did as a Facebook meme in February, to make place for it! Enjoy!
The printable guitar and ukulele tab PDFs below work for many versions of this Bob Dylan classic because they’re rather similar except for speed, phrasing and accompaniment.
The most famous versions of this song are between Bob Dylan’s original* and Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash’s swingin’ country jig version.
There are two printable sets of guitar and ukulele tab PDFs for this song: one with Bob Dylan’s lyrics and one with his and mine.
On Bob Dylan’s site, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door only has two verses of lyrics. Those would be verses 1 and 3 in my arrangement.
When he performed it on MTV Unplugged in 1995, though, he put in an additional verse that is verse 2 in this arrangement… because it best fits between the original two verses, in my opinion.