Code Monkey Unplugged Lyrics Chords and Tabs

Songwriter Jonathan Coulton dedicates this song to anyone who has served as a code monkey in a software corporation. The song is great stuff but what really struck a chord was when he performed an unplugged version that turned the entire thing into a ballad.

So yeah it struck a chord, so I decided to transcribe bits and pieces of the song into tabs for all your guitar folks to try out. For reference, this is the plugged in version of the song and this is the unplugged version. He also has a YouTube video up for the acoustic version of Code Monkey.

Code Monkey Tabs

Code Monkey Chords

Code Monkey Unplugged

Code Monkey Jonathan Coulton

Please scroll to the last part of my transcription to explain the transition when he plays E and slides it up to the 8th and 6th fret. Also note that my chord transition positioning isn’t that great. I suggest listening to the song many times to get the beat. If you don’t, you can learn to play guitar chords here. It’s pretty darn easy if you already play guitar. You can also download the bigger JPEG versions of my transcription. Pardon my ugly handwriting.

Coulton is also responsible for the closing theme song of Portal titled “Staying Alive” sung by Ellen McLain who is now best known for playing the voice of the GLaDOS computer and the baby voices from the robotic sentry guns.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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