On NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Ron Swanson could not bother himself with rules, people or any foods other than breakfast or meat. Swanson was played by Nick Offerman, but Offerman, for the last time, is not Swanson.
They do, however, have two things in common: an appreciation for alcohol and woodworking.
Offerman is a man who builds canoes, furniture and ukuleles and then sits in The Heartbreak House’s living room during the Fayetteville Roots Festival strumming a ukulele, pondering the world’s problems through song — specifically, his “The Ukulele Song.”
The song opens up with Offerman singing, “Whiskey, you were sent from Heaven above / Ben Franklin said that beer is proof of God’s love / But too much of either will earn me a shove / From my wife who I’d like to stay the husband of / I love beer and whiskey, perhaps a bit too much / Given the chance, I’d fall off a barstool daily.”
This morning (Nov. 30), Offerman’s “The Ukulele Song” video can be watched exclusively through Billboard. “As luck would have it I thought of this song first, so then I had to make the dang ukulele to go with it, but it all came out alright in the wash,” he tells Billboard.
Throughout his song, Offerman presents his ukulele as the solution to the stresses of technology, social media, social interactions, alcohol, disagreements and more.
View the video, as well as Offerman’s remaining FULL BUSH tour dates, below:
Nov. 30 — Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Dec. 1 — Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Dec. 2 — Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
Dec. 7 — Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
Dec. 8 — Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
Dec. 9 — Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
Dec. 10 — San Francisco, CA @ Masonic