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Intro: F Em F Em

C                         Em             
  Ground control to Major Tom            
C                        Em
Ground control to Major Tom
Am          Am                Am               D
  Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
C                         Em           
  Ground control to Major Tom          
C                             Em
 commencing countdown engines on
Am             Am                D ....
  Check ignition and may God's love be with you

C                                 E          
  This is ground control to Major Tom        
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
  C                            E           
  This is Major Tom to ground control      
I'm stepping through the door
            Fm          C             F
  And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
          Fm              C          F
  And the stars look very different today

      F          Em                    
  For here am I sitting in a tin can   
F               Em
  far above the world
Bb                Am               G             F
  Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do         

    C F G A A x2
    F C D E

  C                                      E       
  Though I'm cross one hundred thousand miles    
I'm feeling very still
        Fm                  C                 F
  And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
          Fm               C          
  Tell my wife I love her very much   
she knows

Outro - repeat -:
G                   E           
  Ground control to Major Tom   
your circuits dead   
there's something wrong
  Can you hear me Major Tom?    
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  1. I use e7 instead of e and I personally think it sounds a lot better also strumming pattern for the course I use it down down up down up and in the beginning I just do single strums and then I kinda randomly strum it back and forth

  2. DDUUDDUDU is the one that I use for this song i think it sounds great

  3. strumming pattern i use : DDUUDDUDU

  4. Heather Charlton

    Am I the only one that uses my first finger on the second fret on g and then bar the fourth fret rest of the strings with my thumb?

  5. Nope! Just strum away until you find something that sounds good

  6. I’m not sure but I think that some of the song was taken out. Doesn’t really sound right to me so I would recommend trying different ways to play this.

  7. does anyone have the strumming pattern for this?

  8. Deaniebean

    I think that the E chord gets easier the more you play it, I remember first starting and feeling as if that chord was impossible to play on my tenor uke, but now its one of the easiest chords to play! keep practicing and surely you’ll get it!

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