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Blue Jean chords

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Song:    Blue Jean
Artist:  David Bowie
URL’s:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Jean;
         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonight_%28David_Bowie_album%29
Style:   Rock’n’Roll
Tuning:  Standard




INTRO:(Staccato chords)
|C    |G    |


VERSE 1:(Up-tempo with slow struck snare)
D
Blue Jean-I just met me a girl named Blue Jean,

Blue Jean-she got a camouflaged face and no money.
G

Remember they always let you down when you need 'em,
                                           D
Oh, Blue Jean - is heaven any sweeter than Blue Jean.


PRE-CHORUS 1:(Staccato chords, at the end of each line)
C                      A  D

She got a police bike,
C                        G  A

She got a turned up nose.


CHORUS 1:(Sax flourish intro, with vibes accent)
A                      F#m
Sometimes I feel like (Oh, the whole human race),
A                      F#m

Jazzin' for Blue Jean (Oh, and when my Blue Jean's blue).
A                      F#m

Blue Jean can send me (Oh, somebody send me),
A                 F#m                   C  G

Somebody send me (Oh, somebody send me).


VERSE 2:
D
One day I'm gonna write a poem in a letter,


One day I'm gonna get that faculty together.
G

Remember that everybody has to wait in line,
                                  D

Blue Jean-look out world you know I've got mine.


PRE-CHORUS 2:(Staccato chords, at the end of each line)
C                   A  D

She got Latin roots,
C                   G  A

She got everything.


CHORUS 2:
A                      F#m
Sometimes I feel like (Oh, the whole human race),
A                      F#m

Jazzin' for Blue Jean (Oh, and when my Blue Jean's blue).
A                      F#m

Blue Jean can send me (Oh, somebody send me),
A                 F#m                   C  G

Somebody send me (Oh, somebody send me).


BRIDGE 1:
|G    |G    |


CHORUS 3:
A                      F#m
Sometimes I feel like (Oh, the whole human race),
A                      F#m

Jazzin' for Blue Jean (Oh, and when my Blue Jean's blue).
A                      F#m

Blue Jean can send me (Oh, somebody send me),
A                 F#m                    A
Somebody send me (Oh, somebody send me).


REFRAIN 1:
A                  F#m 
Somebody, somebody(Oh, somebody send me),
A                 F#m 
Somebody send me (Oh, somebody send me).


CODA:(Staccato)
|C  G  |C  G  |
|E     |(Hold & Sustain)


[End]


NOTES:
1. “…Interviewed in 1987 and asked to compare a track like "Time Will Crawl" to "Blue Jean," Bowie said 
"'Blue Jean' is a piece of sexist rock 'n roll. [laughs] It's about picking up birds. It's not very 
cerebral, that piece. …”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Jean
2.  “…A basic workout in D major (the slight tension in the early bars of each verse is owed to a wavering 
between D and a D suspended fourth), “Blue Jean”‘s chorus moves between the dominant, 
A major, and the mediant, F# minor—so the song is mainly keeping to the basic tones of the D chord 
(D, F#, A); there are no real surprises except swapping in a natural C (on “police bike”) for a sharp one. 
Two verses, three choruses, no bridges or solos save a four-bar Alomar riffing transition. “Blue Jean” 
ends just when you get sick of it. …”  https://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/blue-jean/
3.  In keeping with Carlos Alomar's textured guitar style, experiment in the VERSES with 
variations of D and G, with alternating D with D3add4 (XX0030)and G with Em7 (020003 or 020033).
Also, try in the PRE-CHORUS, alternating the C with C/E (XX2010). 




            
            
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5ifty2wo 204 Jan 19, 2016 11:19 AM

I play the chorus as A, F#m then change to E after the "Oh" bits in brackets.

Nice tab :)

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