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Song: Even a fool learns to love
Artist: David Bowie
English Lyrics: David Bowie
Music: Claude Francois & Jacques Revaux
Tabbed by DJ 5th Jun 2015

In 1968, before he was really famous, David Bowie was employed
by publishers to write an English lyric to a French pop hit
called 'Comme d'habitude'. Bowie's submission was unsuccessful,
and the publishers used a lyric by Paul Anka instead,
his version was called 'My way'.
Three years later Bowie partly based his own hit 'Life on Mars' 
on a similar chord sequence.
More information, and the first verse of Bowies' demo recording
at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/
5cSdD53NknkB4nWXRKCWwd4/the-origins-of-my-way
The demo first verse differs slightly from Bowie's typed lyrics,
for the tab I've gone with what he sang on the demo. 

I've included two tab versions: one in Claude Francois'
(and Bowie's demo) key of F, and the second tab in
Frank Sinatra's recorded key of D. 
N.B. As I haven't heard the full demo, I've done my best to
guess how the chords and lyrics might have scanned.

****************************************************************

The demo version which Bowie overdubbed at his own home
over Claude Francois's 'Comme d'habitude' recording.

F      = xx3211    F4    = 133311    C7     = x32310
Am/E   = xx2210    F/C   = x33211    Am     = x02210
Cm/Eb  = xx1013    Fmaj7 = xx3210    Bbmaj7 = x13231
D7     = xx0212    Cm7/F = xx5343    Am7    = 353333
D7sus4 = xx0213    F7    = 131211    Gm7    = xx0231
Gm     = xx5333    Bb    = x13331    C/Bb   = x12020
Gm/F   = xx3333    Bbm6  = xx3323    Dm     = xx0231
C7/E   = xx2310    C     = x32010    Dm7    = xx0211

Just like Bowie, sing-a-long with (or rather, over..) Claude
at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avr5nvY4wxg&list=
PLndfQd4JJEus2PszOahi-MHXMXLhHGlyt

****************************************************************

[Verse 1]
             F            Am/E
There was a time, a happy time,
          Cm/Eb              D7
I took my heart ...to every party,
D7sus4                  Gm                     Gm/F
        They'd point my way, "How are you to - day?"
                  C7/E              F4        F
"Will you make us laugh, chase our blues a - way?"
 F/C    F       Fmaj7                  Cm7/F   F7
Their funny man     ....won't let them down,
         Bb                   Bbm6
No, I'd dance and prance, and be their clown,
      F/C           C          C7    Gm/F               F
That time, a happy time, that even a fool--- learns to love!


[Verse 2]
      F                   Am/E
The clown   ...turned a - round,
            Cm/Eb                     D7       D7sus4
And saw her smile,   ...oh, how she loved me,
                Gm               Gm/F
She'd clap her hands, and beg me stay,
            C7/E                F4      F
To make her laugh, to make her life gay,
     F/C       F    Fmaj7             Cm7/F    F7
Who wants the love      ...of all the world,
               Bb                 Bbm6
When here was love in the eyes of just one girl?
     F/C                 C         C7    Gm/F               F
That day, that precious day, when even a fool--- learns to love!


[Verse 3]
     Am  C7        F    Fmaj7             Cm7/F
But, oh, how I dreamed,       a marvelous dream,
       F7          Bb        Bbmaj7      Bb
Where all of the heavens, or so it had seemed,
       Am7            Gm7                          C
With thunderous ap - plause, looked down from a - bove,
      C/Bb         Am   Am7         Dm   Dm7
On a clown and an angel so much in love,
                   Gm7                     C
I'll stay with my dream, it takes such a dream,
     C7    Gm/F                F
And even a fool---- learns to love!


[Verse 4]
      F                   Am/E
That day, ...that hateful day,
                Cm/Eb                    D7    D7sus4
The joke turned stale,  ...the game was over,
                Gm                Gm/F
Those spiteful words, "Oh, go a - way!
             C7/E                 F4        F
Who wants to play?  It's getting late now!"
F/C   F    Fmaj7            Cm7/F    F7
 My world,     ...my funny world,
              Bb                Bbm6
Had lost its mask, and shown a broken heart,
  F/C            C         C7    Gm/F                F
A time, a sour time, when even a fool---- learns to love!


[Verse 5]
     Am  C7        F    Fmaj7             Cm7/F
But, oh, how I dreamed,       a marvelous dream,
       F7          Bb        Bbmaj7      Bb
Where all of the heavens, or so it had seemed,
       Am7             Gm7                         C
With thunderous ap - plause, looked down from a - bove,
     C/Bb          Am   Am7         Dm   Dm7
On a clown and an angel so much in love,
                   Gm7                     C
I'll stay with my dream, it takes such a dream,
     C7    Gm/F                F
And even a fool---- learns to love!


[Coda]
             F7             Gm7                         C
||:  With thunderous ap - plause, looked down from a - bove,
     C/Bb          Am   Am7         Dm   Dm7
On a clown and an angel so much in love,
                   Gm7                     C
I'll stay with my dream, it takes such a dream,
     C7    Gm/F                F
And even a fool---- learns to love! :|| [Repeat]


***************************************************************
***************************************************************

Song: Even a fool learns to love
Artist: David Bowie
English Lyrics: David Bowie
Music: Jacques Revaux & Claude Francois

Tabbed by DJ
5th Jun 2015

David Bowie's demo lyrics to the tune of Frank Sinatra's
version of 'My way'.

CAPO: 2nd fret (Sounds in the key of D)

Chord names and fret positions are relative to the capo:
C      = x32010    C4    = x33010    G7    = 320001
Em/B   = x22000    C/G   = 332010    Em    = 022000
Gm6/Bb = x10030    Cmaj7 = x32000    Fmaj7 = xx3210
A7     = x02020    Gm7/C = x33333    Em7   = 022030
A7sus4 = x02030    C7    = x32310    Dm7   = xx0211
Dm     = xx0231    F     = 133211    G/F   = 120003
Dm/C   = x30231    Fm6   = 100111    Am    = x02210
G7/B   = x20001    G     = 320003    Am7   = x02213

***************************************************************
[Intro]
   C
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 1]
             C            Em/B            Gm6/Bb          A7
There was a time, a happy time, I took my heart to every party,
A7sus4                 Dm                     Dm/C
       They'd point my way, "How are you to - day?"
                   G7/B   G7             C4           C
"Will you make us laugh,      chase our blues away?"
       C/G   C   Cmaj7                 Gm7/C   C7
Their funny man      ...won't let them down,
          F                   Fm6
No, I'd dance and prance, and be their clown,
     C/G            G          G7    Dm/C               C
That time, a happy time, when even a fool--- learns to love!


[Verse 2]
      C                  Em/B
The clown ...turned a - round, 
            Gm6/Bb               A7      A7sus4
And saw her smile, oh, how she loved me,
                Dm               Dm/C
She'd clap her hands, and beg me stay,
            G7/B    G7              C4      C
To make her laugh,     to make her life gay,
    C/G        C    Cmaj7             Gm7/C   C7
Who wants the love     ...of all the world,
               F                   Fm6 
When here was love in the eyes of just one girl?
     C/G                 G         G7    Dm/C               C
That day, that precious day, when even a fool--- learns to love!


[Verse 3]
     Em   G7     C       Cmaj7               Gm7/C  
But, oh, how I dreamed,         a marvelous dream,
      C7           F                   Fmaj7   F
Where all of the heavens, or so it had seemed,
       Em7            Dm7                          G
With thunderous ap - plause, looked down from a - bove,
      G/F          Em     Em7          Am    Am7
On a clown and an angel,   so much in love,
                   Dm7                     G
I'll stay with my dream, it takes such a dream,
     G7    Dm/C                 C
And even a fool----- learns to love!


[Verse 4]
      C                Em/B
That day, that hateful day,
                Gm6/Bb                   A7    A7us4
The joke turned stale,  ...the game was over,
                Dm                Dm/C
Those spiteful words, "Oh, go a - way!
             G7/B    G7                C4       C
Who wants to play?       It's getting late now!"
C/G   C     Cmaj7          Gm7/C    C7
 My world,     ...my funny world,
              F                 Fm6
Had lost its mask, and shown a broken heart,
  C/G            G         G7    Dm/C                C
A time, a sour time, when even a fool---- learns to love!


[Verse 5]
     Em   G7     C       Cmaj7              Gm7/C
But, oh, how I dreamed,         a marvelous dream,
       C7           F                    Fmaj7   F
Where all of the heavens,  or so it had seemed,
       Em7            Dm7                          G
With thunderous ap - plause, looked down from a - bove,
      G/F          Em     Em7          Am    Am7
On a clown and an angel,   so much in love,
                   Dm7                     G
I'll stay with my dream, it takes such a dream,
     G7    Dm/C                C      Em G7
And even a fool---- learns to love!


[Coda]
   C    Cmaj7    Gm7/C  C7       F    Fmaj7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  Fm6             C    Em/B     Am
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

      G7    Dm/C                C
 And even a fool---- learns to love!

            
            
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DiddyD 13,107 Jun 15, 2015 09:28 AM

Bowie's lyric has all the hallmarks of his pre- Major Tom days, when he was still heavily influenced by Anthony Newley's style.

Here's another little video clip about this cultural curio, a nice stripped down live performance of 'Life on mars', followed by Bowie talking light- heartedly about 'Only a fool learns to love'.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I57XDJDadJs&list=PLwixakKgQ2BwTxPmi_YC4JJTIWlZ2L4Qs

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