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Space Oddity Chords

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Chord voicings as Bowie played it, with a few optional additional chords such as the F6 riff in the verses. Backing vocal. Chord legend included. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Song: Space oddity
Artist: David Bowie
Composer: David Bowie
Album: Space oddity

Tabbed by DJ ('DiddyD' at ultimateGuitar.com)
15th Oct 2016

Video of David playing this live on TV in the 1960's:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRCKPAHUorI

Please IGNORE ANY POP-UP CHORD BOXES the website
might suggest, and use the typed shapes shown below:

Notes on the additional chords:
The Fmaj7#11 gives more of a flavour of the studio
version, David just played an Fmaj7 on the clip.
The F6 to F is suggested by the original Stylophone riff,
but David just played an F. The Cadd9 is suggested by
the melody, David just stayed on the C.

The break and coda is the Fmaj7 chord shape just moved
up the neck

Fmaj7#11 = 133200     F6    = xx3231
Em       = 022000     F *   = xx3211
C        = 332010     Fm    = 133111
Am       = x02210     Fmaj7 = x33210
Am/G     = 302210     G6    = x55430
D/F#     = 200232     Bb    = 688766
Cadd9    = x32030     Am *  = 577555
E7       = 022130     G     = 355433
E        = 022100     F     = 133211
E5       = 079900     A     = 577655
G        = xx5433     A/E   = x77650
G#dim    = xx646x     C *   = 8-10-10-9-8-8
                      C/G   = x-10-10-9-8-0
                      Dadd9 = x-12-12-11-10-0

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

[Intro]
   Fmaj7#11         Em
||:  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  :||[x4]


[Verse 1]
C                           Em
    Ground control to Major Tom,
C                           Em
    Ground control to Major Tom,
Am             Am/G              D/F#
    Take your protein pills, and put your helmet on!


[Verse 2]
 C                               Em
      Ground con - trol to Major Tom,
(Ten...            nine...       eight...   seven...)

 C                                   Em
      Commencing count-down, engines on,
(Six...          five...             four...   three...)

 Am               Am/G           D/F#
      Check ig - nition, and may Gods' love be with you!
(Two...           one...         lift off!)


[Verse 3]
 C                       (Cadd9) E7
This is ground control to Major Tom,
                         F6   F *  F6  F *
You've really made the grade,
         Fm              C                   F6   F *
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear,
          Fm                  C              F6   F *
Now it's time to leave the capsule, if you dare!


[Verse 4]
  C                  (Cadd9)      E7
This is Major Tom to ground con - trol,
                          F6   F *  F6  F *
I'm stepping through the door,
         Fm          C                F6   F *  F6  F *
And I'm floating in most a - peculiar way,
         Fm                C            F
And the stars look very different to - day!


[Verse 5]
    Fmaj7             G6
For here----  am I sitting in a tin can,
Fmaj7                 G6
 Far-----  above the world,
  Bb             Am *               G           F
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do!

   C *  F G      A A     C *  F G      A A
|  /   /__/  /  /__/  |  /   /__/  /  /__/  |


[Break]
 Fmaj7            G6            A/E
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  C/G           Dadd9            E
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 6]
  C                         (Cadd9)   E7
Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles,
                  F
I'm feeling very still,
       Fm                 C                 F
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go,
         Fm               C               F
Tell my wife, I love her very much, she knows...


[Verse 7]
  G               G#dim
Ground control to Major Tom,
        Am                     Am/G
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong,
        D/F#                          C
Can you hear me Major Tom?   Can you hear me Major Tom?
         G
Can you hear me Major Tom?   Can you...


[Verse 8]
Fmaj7             G6
 Here---- am I floating 'round my tin can,
Fmaj7               G6
 Far----- above the moon,
  Bb             Am *                G          F
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do!

   C *  F G      A A     C *  F G      A A
|  /   /__/  /  /__/  |  /   /__/  /  /__/  |


[Coda]
 Fmaj7            G6            A/E
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  C/G           Dadd9            E
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

    E5
||: /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  / :|| [Repeat]
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Cowboydream 120 Nov 22, 2016 07:21 AM

Bb Am * G F
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do!

I play this:
|Bbmaj7 Am7 | G F | 1/2 F |
Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

(In other words, the F bar is 50% longer than one would expect.)

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