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Rocket Man

Elton John

from the album Honky Château released in 1972

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Lyrics

(capo 3rd fret)

Verse

Em A7 ...She packed my bags last night, pre-flight Em A7 ...Zero hour, 9AM C C/B Am Am/G D ...And I'm gonna be high------------- as a kite by then I miss the earth so much I miss my wife It's lonely out in space On such a time----------------------- less flight

Chorus

G C And I think it's gonna be a long, long time C G ...'Til touch down brings me 'round again to find G C ...I'm not the man they think I am at home C G/B A7 ...Oh, no no no... I'm a rocket man C G C Rocket man----- burning out his fuse up here alone And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touch down brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no no no... I'm a rocket man Rocket man----- burning out his fuse up here alone Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids In fact, it's cold as hell And there's no one there------ to---- raise them, if you did And all this science, I don't understand It's just my job five days a week A rocket man------------------------- rocket man And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touch down brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no no no... I'm a rocket man Rocket man----- burning out his fuse up here alone And I think it's gonna be a long, long time 'Til touch down brings me 'round again to find I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh, no no no... I'm a rocket man Rocket man----- burning out his fuse up here alone

Ending

C G ...And I think it's gonna be a long, long time C G ...And I think it's gonna be a long, long time (repeat as desired, fade and end)

Notes & Tabs

Capo 3rd Fret, Standard Tuning

The chords shown above assume you're using a capo on the 3rd fret -- but only worry about this if you want to play this song in the same key as the recorded Elton John version. Otherwise, you can use no capo at all (or put the capo on whatever fret you want, as suits your voice).

How to Play the Guitar Chords

To play the chords shown above on a guitar, refer to the tabs below. Of course, embellish and add flare to the extent you are capable. Note that the C/B and the G/B chords can effectively be used interchangeably -- it is their bass note that really matters. As always, listen along for the strumming pattern and exact rhythm.

e-|---0----0----0---------0----0----2---------3----
B-|---0----2----1----1----1----1----3----0----0----
G-|---0----0----0----0----2----2----2----0----0----
D-|---2----2----2----0----2----2----0----0----0----
A-|---2----0----3----2----0----x---------2----2----
E-|---0------------------------3--------------3----
      Em   A7   C   C/B   Am  Am/G  D   G/B   G 

Videos

Official Album Version

To hear the official version of this song as per the Elton John album, check out this video. Remember, apply a capo on the 3rd fret if you'd like to play guitar (using the chords above) along with this recording.



Recommended Cover Version

Here is a terrific cover of this song by Mike Masse, played on a solo acoustic guitar (well, with a bassist). This is a great reference showing how a single person on guitar can rock this song. Check out the rest of Mike Masse's videos if you like this.



Recommended Guitar Lesson

As always, Marty Schwartz comes through strong with a nice video lesson breaking down how to play this song on guitar. He breaks down the chords used, the strumming pattern, and various miscellaneous tips on how to play this song. Check it out.



Chord Progressions

Verse

"She packed my bags last night, pre-flight..."
| Em .  .  . | A7 .  .   . | Em . . . | A7 . . . |
|  C . C/B . | Am . Am/G . |  D . . . |  D . . . |

Chorus

"And I think it's gonna be a long, long time..."
|  G . . . | C . . . | G . . . | C . C/B . |
| A7 . . . | C . . . | G . . . | C .  .  . |

Ending

"And I think it's gonna be a long, long time..."
| C . . . | G . . . | C . . . | G . . . |

Song Info

Song: Rocket Man
Artist: Elton John
Album: Honky Château
Year: 1972
Label: MCA

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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