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F        Am              F7             D7                  
   It's a god-awful small affair, to the girl with the mousy hair
Gm        Bb                C            C7                     
   But her mother is yelling "No," and her father as told her to go
F        Am              F7             D7 
  But her friend is nowhere to be seen, as she walks through her sunken dream
Gm        Bb                C            C7  
   To the seat with the clearest view, and she's hooked to the silver screen
G        G                  Fm             Ab7    
   But the film is a saddening bore, For she's lived it ten times or more
Db          A                   Bbm           Db7  
   She could spit in the eyes of fools, as they ask her to focus on

Chorus:
Bb       Eb              
Sailors, fighting in the dance hall
Gm      Gb                    F   
Oh man! look at those cavemen go, 
Fm                 Cm7  Ebm7   
   it's a freakest show, take a look at the
Bb       Eb  
Lawman, beating up the wrong guy
Gm      Gb                    F   
Oh man!  Wonder if he'll ever know  
Fm                           Cm7   Ebm7   
   he's in the best selling show
                   Gm   Gb   Bb    C    
Is there life on Mars?

Interlude: F   D7   Gm   E7   Am   C7   Bbm7  

F          Am                 F7             D7  
   It's on Amerika's tortured brow, Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Gm          Bb                     C           C7 
   Now the workers have struck for fame, Cause Lennon's on sale again
F          Am                   F7             D7  
   See the mice in their million hordes, From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads
Gm         Bb                C            C7 
   Rule Brittania is out of bounds, To my mother, my dog and clowns
G        G                  Fm             Ab7    
   But the film is a saddening bore, Cause I wrote it ten times before
Db          A                   Bbm           Db7  
   It's about to be writ again, As I ask you to focus on  

Chorus:
Bb       Eb              
Sailors, fighting in the dance hall
Gm      Gb                    F   
Oh man! look at those cavemen go, 
Fm                 Cm7  Ebm7   
   it's a freakest show, take a look at the
Bb       Eb  
Lawman, beating up the wrong guy
Gm      Gb                    F   
Oh man!  Wonder if he'll ever know  
Fm                           Cm7   Ebm7   
   he's in the best selling show
                   Gm   Gb   Bb    C    
Is there life on Mars?
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12 Comments

  1. The is the only accurate copy I could find. Thanks.

  2. KiwiWheels

    Dear god, 21 chords??? xD Bowie, you madman

  3. Mariahrosehenry

    -3 easier

  4. richardharte

    Fantastic tab!
    For that contentious A chord following the Db, I’ve been using Dbaug. Seems to fit well.

  5. lapinapequena

    ^^^dasPenguin I’m with you! Love that cover. I’m only a neophyte, otherwise I’d attempt to transcribe it myself…

  6. starflower101

    I would also love the Seu Jorge version!

    I thought this version is amazing though!

  7. dasPenguin

    can you post the seu jorge version?

  8. @Villa

    Thank you a lot for your correction, it was bothering me as well!
    I’ve been trying to find something to replace the weird A chord, and I think Aaug sounds well (at least better than the A chord)
    If someone finds the right one, let me now :)

    • If you take the Aaug chord and put a finger on the E string on the second fret it sounds really good here, I don’t know if there’s a name for this chord but I think it suits this part well.

  9. A correction to my previous post:
    The correct (sounding) line would be like this:

    Ab Eaug Fm Ab7
    But the film is a saddening bore, Cause I wrote it ten times before
    Db
    It’s about…

    it’s the A chord following to de Db where I have most of the problem. Doesn’t sound any like the song. Doesn’t even sound in the same style. Really out of nowhere.

  10. Hey pal! Sorry to say this, but it’s almost perfect. My problem is with this part:

    But the film is a saddening bore, For she’s lived it ten times or more
    She could spit in the eyes of fools, as they ask her to focus on

    According to my ear, those chords doesn’t match the original song.

    For me, would be much better this way:

    Ab Eaug Fm
    But the film is a saddening bore,

    But for the rest of that part I don’t have the notes. Could you review it and update it? I know you can do better.
    Thanks!

  11. The chord ‘sound’ accuracy is brilliant but the timing is a bit out. But overall brilliant.

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