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David Bowie

Life On Mars



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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #

#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #


From: Harlan L Thompson


LIFE ON MARS?- David Bowie


G G/F# Dm/F E7 Am

It's a god-awful small affair to the girl with the mousy hair

Am/G D/F# G

But her mother is yelling "No" and her father as told her to go

G/F# Dm/F

But her friend is nowhere to be seen

E7 Am

as she walks through her sunken dream

Am/G D/F#

To the seat with the clearest view


and she's hooked to the silver screen

Bb+ Gm

But the film is a saddening bore

G# Eb

For she's lived it ten times or more

G7 Cm Eb

She could spit in the eyes of fools as they ask her to focus on




Sailors, fighting in the dance hall

Am Fm G Gm Dm

Oh man! look at those cavemen go, it's a freakest show

Fm C F G

Take a look at the Lawman, beating up the wrong guy

Am Fm G Gm Dm

Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know he's in the best selling show

Fm Am C+ Am7 D7 F Gsus4 D

Is there life on Mars?



It's on Amerika's tortured brow

Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow

Now the workers have struck for fame

Cause Lennon's on sale again

See the mice in their million hordes

>From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads

Rule Brittania is out of bounds

To my mother, my dog and clowns

But the film is a saddening bore

`Cause I wrote it ten times before

It's about to be writ again

As I ask you to focus on ...CHORUS


Bb+: 2 2 4 3 3 2 Eb: x 6 5 3 4 3

C+: x 0 2 1 1 0 Gsus4: 3 2 0 0 1 3

Dm/F: 1 x 0 2 3 1



NOTE: For the verse, pick with the following pattern- the base note and

first and second strings all simultaneously, then the third string. For

the chorus, strum.


(from Hunky Dory, 1971)

(sent by Harlan at




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