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Ziggy Stardust   - David Bowie

Please send me corrections to chords.
Things I'm not sure about...
  - the D on 'Mars' in the first line (and at similiar places)
  - the D on 'break up the band' & 'crush his sweet hand'

[Ppower section]

                 number above chord shows # beats to hold chord
     2    1       1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2  2        3   1        3   1    3   1
4    G    G     | D   D*  D   D*   D    |   F   F      | C   C  | D   D
4                  (play four times)


G                         Bm  
    Ziggy played guitar,    jamming good 
               C                         D
with Wierd and Gilly and the Spiders from Mars.

                  G                     Bm
He played it left hand, but made it too far 
              C                     D
became the special man, and we were Ziggy's band.

G                            Bm         
     Ziggy really sang, with screwed up eyes and 
              C                         D
screwed down hairdo like some cat from Japan.

                      G                             Bm
He could lick 'em by smiling, he could leave 'em to hang.
               C                                   D
He came on so loaded man, well hung and snow-white tan.


A        G                  F  F* F  F* F  F* F    G     
     But where were the spiders, 
A              G            F  F* F  F* F  F* F     G
     while the fly tried to break our balls.
A              G            F  F* F  F* F  F* F    
     Just the beer light to guide us. 

          G                                    D
And so we bitched about his fans and should we crush his sweet hands.

[Power section] x2


G                          Bm
    Ziggy played for time, jiving us that 
        C                            D
we were voodoo and the kids was just crass.
           G                   Bm
He was the nazz with God-given ass. 
           C                                 D
He took it all too far but boy could he play guitar.


A          G              F  F* F  F* F  F* F   G
    Making love with his ego, 
A          G          F  F* F  F* F  F* F   G
    Ziggy sucked up into his mind 
A          G          F  F* F  F* F  F* F   G
    Like a leper messiah.

          G                               D
When the kids had killed the man I had to break up the band.

[Power section repeated to fade]

Chords used:          G     Bm    C    D    D*   A    F    F*

                 e |  3     2     0    2    3    5    1    0
                 b |  3     3     1    3    3    5    1    0
                 g |  4     4     0    2    2    6    2    2
                 d |  5     4     2    0    0    7    3    3
                 a |  5     2     3    x    x    7    3    3
                 e |  3     2     3    x    x    5    1    0

NOTES: on D* and F*
   D* is used in the [power] section.  I play a normal D and used my 'pinky'
   on the 3rd fret on alternate strums to acheive the (D D* D D* etc) sound on 
   the record. I think D* is actually Dsus but I'm not sure.

   F* is used in the chorus. I pay the F chord as a barre chord (see tab above)
   and lift my first (barre) finger on alternate strums.
   I guess you really have to listen to the record to get the [chorus] and
   [power] sections timed/played correctly.

Anyway, there it is.  By no means an expert opinion, but it seems to impress my

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derv 10 Apr 01, 2006 05:03 AM

Main Riff is this
/ G - / Bm - C - / D - / G - / Em - / Am - / C - /
Thats better!!

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jerryratpack 10 Nov 28, 2006 07:11 AM

He played it left hand, but made it too far
became the special man, and we were Ziggy's band.

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sabotagethefool 120 Feb 13, 2007 08:49 AM

I think it's better to play an Em rather than a Bm, it also allows for harmonics on the second line of verses.

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