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Space Oddity

David Bowie

from the album Space Oddity released in 1969

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Lyrics

Intro

Fmaj7 ... Em ... Fmaj7 ... Em ... (repeat)

Verse

C Em Ground Control to Major Tom C Em Ground Control to Major Tom Am Am/G D/F# Take your protein pills and put your helmet on Ground Control to Major Tom Commencing countdown, engines on Check ignition and may God's love be with you

Chorus

C E7 This is Ground Control to Major Tom F You've really made the grade Fm C F And the papers want to know whose shirt you wear Fm C F Now, it's time to leave the capsule if you dare This is Major Tom to Ground Control I'm stepping through the door And I'm floating in a most peculiar way And the stars look very different today

Refrain

Fmaj7 Em For, here---- am I sitting in a tin can Fmaj7 Em Far---------- above the world Bb Am G F Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do

Instrumental Section

CF GA A x2 Fmaj7 ... Em ... A ... C ... D ... E ... x1
Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles I'm feeling very still And I think my spaceship knows which way to go Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows

Bridge

G E7 Ground Control to Major Tom Am Am/G Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong D Can you hear me, Major Tom? C Can you hear me, Major Tom? G Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you... Here---- am I sitting in my tin can Far----- above the Moon Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do (instrumental section, end)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here is the basic way to play the guitar chords used in this song. Note that many of these chords can (or should, some would argue) be played in different ways, specifically when playing this song -- but I offer these primarily as a simple foundation and starting point. Add flourish and variation as you desire; otherwise roll with these and you'll do just fine.

e-|---0---0----0---------0---2----2-----0---0---0----1----1----0------3----
B-|---2---1----1----3----1---3----3-----0---3---0----1----1----1------0----
G-|---2---2----2----3----0---2----2-----1---1---0----2----1----2------0----
D-|---2---2----2----3----2---0----0-----2---2---2----3----3----3------0----
A-|---0---0----x----1----3--------0-----2---2---2----3----3----3------2----
E-|------------3------------------2-----0---0---0----1----1-----------3----
      A   Am  Am/G  Bb   C   D   D/F#   E   E7  Em   F    Fm  Fmaj7   G 

Signature Instrumental Acoustic Riff

In order to play the recognizable guitar riff heard twice in the song (just after the refrain section both times), refer to this tab. This is how I play it -- though you could surely use the typical open positions for the C, F, G, and A chords if desired. Listen along for the rhythm -- the tab below merely shows an approximated strumming pattern.

e-|---8----------1------3------------5-----5-----------
B-|---8----------1------3------------5-----5-----------
G-|---9----------2------4------------6-----6-----------
D-|--10---x-x----3--x---5--x-x-x-----7--x--7--x-x-x----  x2
A-|--10---x-x----3--x---5--x-x-x-----7--x--7--x-x-x----
E-|---8---x-x----1--x---3--x-x-x-----5--x--5--x-x-x----
      C          F      G            A 

Intro Tab, de la Mike Masse

In this YouTube clip featuring Mike Masse covering this song, you can see & hear him do an interesting take on the intro chords by mixing up the Fmaj7 chord (by leaving the B string open) and adding a simple walk-up riff before each Fmaj7. The chord he uses is shown below, as is the walk-up. Very nice way to spice it up a bit.

e-|----------0---   ...   ---0---   ...   ----------0---   ...   ---0---
B-|----------0---   ...   ---0---   ...   ----------0---   ...   ---0---
G-|----------2---   ...   ---0---   ...   ----------2---   ...   ---0---
D-|-------0--3---   ...   ---2---   ...   -------0--3---   ...   ---2---  etc.
A-|---0h2----3---   ...   ---2---   ...   ---0h2----3---   ...   ---2---
E-|----------1---   ...   ---0---   ...   ----------1---   ...   ---0---
           Fmaj7*            Em                   Fmaj7*            Em 

Videos

Official Album Version

Here is the official version of this song as per the David Bowie album. Listen along here for reference if you don't have a recording of the song otherwise.



Recommended Acoustic Cover

Here is a fantastic acoustic cover of this song by the wonderful Mike Masse. You can learn a ton from watching this. He has a load of other great covers available on his YouTube channel as well.



Recommended Guitar Lesson

There are numerous instructional videos showing how to play this song online -- but I recommend this one via Marty Schwartz. He is nicely thorough in breaking down all the chords used throughout each section of the song. Recommended highly, and be sure to check out his other lessons if you like his teaching style.



Space Station Cover by Chris Hadfield

Here is astronaut Chris Hadfield covering this from the International Space Station! So awesome.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| Fmaj7 . . . | Em . . . | Fmaj7 . . . | Em . . . |

Verse

"Ground Control to Major Tom..."
|  C . . . | Em . . . | C . . . | Em . . . |
"Take your protein pills and put your helmet on..."
| Am . Am/G . | D/F# . . . |

Chorus

"This is Ground Control to Major Tom, you've really made the grade..."
| C  . . . | E7 . . . | F . . . |
| Fm . C . | F  . . . |
| Fm . C . | F  . . . |

Refrain

"For here am I sitting in a tin can..."
| Fmaj7 . . . | Em . . . | Fmaj7 . . . | Em . . . |
"Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do..."
| Bb . Am . | G . F . . . |

Instrumental Section

| C     . F G | A  . . . | x2
| Fmaj7 . . . | Em . . . | A . . . | C . . . | D . . . | E . . . | x1

Bridge

"Ground Control to Major Tom, your circuit's dead..."
| G . E7 . | Am . Am/G . | D . . . | C . . . | G . . . |

Song Info

Song: Space Oddity
Artist: David Bowie
Album: Space Oddity
Year: 1969
Label: RCA

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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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