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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.