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Space Oddity     

David Bowie

 

This blog post offers some ideas for making "Space Oddity" more beginner-friendly.

 

Chord Guide

        T3421

Fmaj7:  133210

       12

Em:   022000

       231

Am:  x02210

        2 1

Am7:  x02010

         213

D7:   xx0212

       32 1

C:    x32010

       2 1

E7:   020100

      134211

F:    133211

      134111

Fm:   133111

       1

Em7:  010000

         13241

Bbmaj7: x13231

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       123

A:   x02220

         132

D:    xx0232

       231

E:    022100

 

 

Strumming Guide

Main Strum:

 

>   >  >    >

D  UD DU UDUD DU

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Rock Riff:

 

C   F G   A

D XUDUD XUD D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Half-measure strum:

 

>   > 

D  UD DU

1 + 2 +

 

 

 

Intro:  / Fmaj7 - - - / Em - - - / x4

 

C                                           Em

   Ground control to Major Tom

C                                           Em

   Ground control to Major Tom

Am (½)             Am7 (½)          D7

     Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

 C                                          Em

    Ground control to major Tom

C                                                      Em

    Commencing countdown, engines on

Am (½)       Am7 (½)           D7 (hold, fermata)                         

    Check ignition and may God's love be with you

 

   C                                          E7                                      F

This is ground control to Major Tom, you've really made the grade

              Fm (½)              C (½)                               F

And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear

             Fm (½)               C (½)                   F

Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare

 

   C                                       E7                                                 F   

This is Major Tom to ground control, I'm stepping through the door

              Fm (½)         C (½)                F

And I'm floating in a most peculiar way

              Fm (½)            C (½)          F

And the stars look very different today, for

 

Bridge:

   Fmaj7   Em7                    Fmaj7            Em7

Here am I sitting in a tin can far above the world

  Bbmaj7 (½)     Am (½)            G (½)                F

Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

 

Rock Riff x2

 

/ Fmaj7 - - - / Em7 - - - / A - - - / C - - - / D - - - / E - - - /

 

     C                                                      E7                             F

Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles, I'm feeling very still

            Fm (½)                    C (½)                     F

And I think my spaceship knows which way to go

             Fm (½)           C (½)                   F

Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows

 

     G (½)                 E7 (½)              Am (½)                      Am7 (½)

Ground control to Major Tom, your circuit's dead, there's something wrong

               D7

Can you hear me, Major Tom?

                C

Can you hear me, Major Tom?

                G

Can you hear me, Major Tom?  Can you

 

Bridge 2:

   Fmaj7   Em7                    Fmaj7            Em7

Here am I sitting in my tin can far above the Moon

  Bbmaj7 (½)     Am (½)            G (½)                F

Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

 

Rock Riff x2

 

/ Fmaj7 - - - / Em7 - - -  / A - - - / C - - - / D - - - /

 

E x8

 

End on E


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.