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THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD (Bassline)

As recorded by David Bowie
(From the 1970 Album THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD )

Words and Music by David Bowie

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Tony Visconti - Bass'


 Intro
  Q=115
 4/4
  Gtr I
  W          W          W          H    Q  E E   Q.   E E E E E
|----------|----------|----------|-------------|-----------------|
|----------|----------|----------|-----------2-|-3------------2--|
|----------|----------|----------|-------------|------3---3------|
|----------|----------|----------|-------------|-----------------|


                                          1st Verse
                             2/4          4/4
  Q  E E E E E E   W          +Q    Q      Q.   E E E E E
|----------------|----------|-----------||----------------|
|-3----------3-2-|-0--------|-(0)-------||----------------|
|------3---3-----|----------|------12\--||--------------4-|
|----------------|----------|-----------||-5----5---5-----|


  E E Q  E E E E   Q.   E E E E E   E E Q  E E E E   Q.   E E E E E
|----------------|----------------|-----7------7---|----------------|
|--------7-7-----|--------------7-|---7------7---7-|-7------------5-|
|---4-7--------7-|-5----8---8-----|----------------|------7---7-----|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|


  Q.   E +Q   Q    Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E Q.   E
|----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------|
|-7----7-(7)--5--|-3------------2-|-3----------3-2-|--------2----2-|
|----------------|------3-3-3-----|------3-3-3-----|-3----3--------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------|


                                2/4     4/4
  Q.   E Q  Q    Q.   E Q  E E   Q  Q    Q.   E Q  E E
|--------5--3--|---------------|-------|---------------|
|-5----5-------|-7-------------|-------|---------------|
|--------------|---------------|----4--|-5----5--------|
|--------------|------5-5----5-|-5-----|--------5----5-|


                                                     Chorus
  Q.   E Q  Q    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E    E E E E E E E E
|--------------|-----------2-3-5-|-----------2-3-5-||-----------2-3-5-|
|--------7-----|-----2-3-5-------|-----2-3-5-------||-----2-3-5-------|
|-5----5----5--|-3-5-------------|-3-5-------------||-3-5-------------|
|--------------|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|


  E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q  Q    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|--------------|-----------------|-----------2-3-5-|
|-----------0-2-3-|--------3-----|-----------0-2-3-|-----2-3-5-------|
|-----0-1-3-------|-4----4----4--|-----0-1-3-------|-3-5-------------|
|-1-3-------------|--------------|-1-3-------------|-----------------|


                                   Interlude
  E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q  Q     W          +W
|-----------------|--------------||----------|--------|
|-----------0-2-3-|--------3-----||----------|--------|
|-----0-1-3-------|-4----4----4--||-0--------|-(0)----|
|-1-3-------------|--------------||----------|--------|


  +W           +H..       E   Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E E E E E
|------------|--------------|----------------|----------------|
|------------|------------2-|-3------------2-|-3----------3-2-|
|-(0)--------|-(0)----------|------3---3-----|------3---3-----|
|------------|--------------|----------------|----------------|


                         2nd Verse
            2/4          4/4
  W          +Q    Q      Q.   E E E E E
|----------|-----------||----------------|
|-0--------|-(0)-------||----------------|
|----------|------12\--||--------4-4---4-|
|----------|-----------||-5----5---------|


  E E E E E E E E   Q.   E E Q  E   Q  E E Q  Q
|-----------------|----------7----|-----------7--|
|-------------7---|------7------7-|--------7-----|
|-7-7---7---7---7-|-5-------------|-5----5-------|
|-----------------|---------------|--------------|


  Q.   E Q.   E   Q.   E Q  Q    Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E +E  E Q
|---------------|--------------|------------2-5-|-5----2-(2)---2--|
|-7----7--------|-7----7-7--5--|-3----3---3-----|------------3----|
|--------7----7-|--------------|----------------|-----------------|
|---------------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|


                                                2/4     4/4
  Q.   E Q.   E   E E Q  Q  Q    Q.   E Q.   E   Q  Q    Q.   E Q.   E
|---------------|-----------3--|---------------|-------|----------------|
|------5-5----2-|-----2--5-----|-7-----------7-|-------|--------7----7--|
|-3-------------|---3----------|------7-7------|----4--|-5----5---------|
|---------------|--------------|---------------|-5-----|----------------|


  Q.   E Q  Q    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|--------------|-----------2-3-5-|-----------2-3-5-||
|--------7-----|-----2-3-5-------|-----2-3-5-------||
|-5----5----5--|-3-5-------------|-3-5-------------||
|--------------|-----------------|-----------------||


 Chorus
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q  Q    E E E E E E E E
|-----------2-3-5-|-----------------|--------------|-----------------|
|-----2-3-5-------|-----------0-2-3-|--------3-----|-----------0-2-3-|
|-3-5-------------|-----0-1-3-------|-4----4----4--|-----0-1-3-------|
|-----------------|-1-3-------------|--------------|-1-3-------------|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q  Q
|-----------2-3-5-|-----------------|--------------||
|-----2-3-5-------|-----------0-2-3-|--------3-----||
|-3-5-------------|-----0-1-3-------|-4----4----4--||
|-----------------|-1-3-------------|--------------||


 Interlude
  W          +W           +W           +H.      E E
|----------|------------|------------|--------------|
|----------|------------|------------|------------2-|
|-0--------|-(0)--------|-(0)--------|-(0)----------|
|----------|------------|------------|--------------|


  Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E E E Q
|----------------|----------------|----------------|---------------||
|-3------------2-|-3----------3-2-|----------------|---------------||
|------3---3-----|------3---3-----|-5----5---------|-5----5-----5--||
|----------------|----------------|--------5-5---5-|--------5-5----||


 Chorus
 4/4
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q  Q    E E E E E E E E
|-----------2-3-5-|-----------------|--------------|-----------------|
|-----2-3-5-------|-----------0-2-3-|--------3-----|-----------0-2-3-|
|-3-5-------------|-----0-1-3-------|-4----4----4--|-----0-1-3-------|
|-----------------|-1-3-------------|--------------|-1-3-------------|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q.   E Q  Q
|-----------2-3-5-|-----------------|--------------||
|-----2-3-5-------|-----------0-2-3-|--------3-----||
|-3-5-------------|-----0-1-3-------|-4----4----4--||
|-----------------|-1-3-------------|--------------||


 Interlude
  W          +W           +W
|----------|------------|--------|
|----------|------------|--------|
|-0--------|-(0)--------|-(0)----|
|----------|------------|--------|


  H.      E E   Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E E E E E
|-------------|----------------|----------------|
|-----------2-|-3------------2-|-3----------3-2-|
|-0-----------|------3---3-----|------3---3-----|
|-------------|----------------|----------------|


                                    Outro
  Q.   E E E E E   Q.   E E Q  E     Q.   E E E E E
|----------------|---------------||-----------------|
|----------------|---------------||o----------------|
|-5--------------|-5----5--------||o------------7-4-|
|------5---5---5-|--------5-5--5-||--5----5---5-----|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------------7---|-------------7-5-|
|-------------7-4-|-5-5---5---5---8-|-5-5---5---5-----|
|-5-5---5---5-----|-----------------|-----------------|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E Q   4x
|-5-----------5---|-----------------|-----------------|-------7---------||
|---7-----------7-|---------------7-|-------------7---|-------------7--o||
|-------8---8-----|-8-8---8---8-----|-5-5---5---5---8-|-5-5-------5----o||
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||


Duration Legend
---------------
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
----------------
 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
-----------
 |  - 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




We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when
Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone, a long long time ago

Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You're face to face
With The Man Who Sold The World

I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home
I searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed

I gazed a gazely stare at all the millions here
We must have died alone, a long long time ago

Who knows? Not me
We never lost control
You're face to face
With the Man who Sold the World

            
            
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