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LIFE ON MARS

As recorded by David Bowie
(From the 1971 Album HUNKY DORY)

Words and Music by David Bowie

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Mick Ronson - Electric Guitar'


             1st & 2nd Verses
    Q=128
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  N.C.        N.C.
 4/4
  Gtr I (El. Gtr. w/ light dist.)
  W           W          W          W          W
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             Chorus
              N.C.
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                              To Coda
  W          W          W          W
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 Guitar Solo
  N.C.
                                                  |----3----|
  H    E E E E   H        +Q.    E      H.        E     +E  e   H.      Q
|--------------|-----------------8----|-----------------------|------------|
|------------6-|-8b10=====(8)r---8b10-|-8b10------8pb10r(8)-6-|-8----------|
|--------5-7---|----------------------|-----------------------|------------|
|--------------|----------------------|-----------------------|------------|
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                                              Q=80
  |-3-|
  E E e H.        E E H.        E E H.        E E E E E E E E
|-7p4-----------|---7-8-------|---7-8-------|-8p6-------------|
|-----6---------|-------------|-------------|-----9p6-8p6-8-9-|
|-------7-------|-5-----------|-5-----------|-----------------|
|---------------|-------------|-------------|-----------------|
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              Outro
  Q=128
D.S. al Coda&
               N.C.
   W           E E E E E     +E  E E
|-----------||-----------------------|
|-10--------||-------6-8pb10r(8)p6-8-|
|-----------||---5-7-----------------|
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  W             E E E E     +E    E S     +S  S S
|-------------|------------------------------------|
|-8b10--------|------------------10----------------|
|-------------|---7-8-9b11==(9)r----9pb11r(9)p7p0--|
|-------------|------------------------------------|
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                                              H.=H
                        Bb
  S S S S +H       Q    W          W          W
|---------------------|----------|----------|------|
|---------------------|-3--------|-3--------|-3----|
|-5p3---3-(3)----/19--|-3--------|-3--------|-3----|
|-----5---------------|-3--------|-3--------|-3----|
|---------------------|-1--------|-1--------|-1----|
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  Eb         Ebm        Bb
  W          W          W          +W           +W
|----------|----------|----------|------------|--------*|
|-8--------|-7--------|-3--------|-(3)--------|-(3)----*|
|-8--------|-8--------|-3--------|-(3)--------|-(3)----*|
|-8--------|-8--------|-3--------|-(3)--------|-(3)----*|
|-6--------|-6--------|-1--------|-(1)--------|-(1)----*|
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Duration Legend
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W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
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 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
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 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths





It's a God awful small affair
To the girl with the mousey hair,
But her mummy is yelling, "No!"
And her daddy has told her to go,
But her friend is no where to be seen.
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seats with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen,
But the film is sadd'ning bore
For she's lived it ten times or more.
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors
Fighting in the dance hall.
Oh man!
Look at those cavemen go.
It's the freakiest show.
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy.
Oh man!
Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show.
Is there life on Mars?

It's on America's tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow.
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again.
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads.
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns,
But the film is a sadd'ning bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more.
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors
Fighting in the dance hall.
Oh man!
Look at those cavemen go.
It's the freakiest show.
Take a look at the lawman
Beating up the wrong guy.
Oh man!
Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show.
Is there life on Mars?

            
            
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