Space Oddity

Words & Music:

David Bowie


There is a transcription of this in the January 2007 issue of Acoustic Guitar.


FM7   Em7   FM7   Em7


C                       Em    C                       Em

Ground control to Major Tom.  Ground control to Major Tom.

Am        Am/G              D7

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.


["10...9..." continue countdown behind this verse]

Ground control to Major Tom,

Commencing countdown, engines on.

Check ignition and may God's love be with you.  [Liftoff!]


C                               E7                          F

This is ground control to Major Tom, you've really made the grade.

        Fm             C                     F

And the papers want to know whose shirts 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 the most peculiar way.

And the stars look very different today.


    FM7       Em7                  FM7           Em7

For here am I sitting in a tin can far above the world.

Bb              Am               G             F

Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do.


C   F   G   A [2x]        FM7   Em7   A   C   D9   E7


Though I'm past 100,000 miles, I'm feeling very still.

And I think my space ship knows which way to go.

Tell my wife I love her very much...she knows.

G                 G#dim           Am                      Am/G

Ground control to Major Tom, your circuit's dead, there's something wrong.

D7                          C

Can you hear me Major Tom?  Can you hear me Major Tom?


Can you hear me Major Tom?  Can you...?


Here am I floating 'round my tin can far above the moon.

Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do.


C   F   G   A [2x]        FM7   Em7   A   C   D9   E7


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