Ashes To Ashes Uke tab by David Bowie

9 Chords used in the song: Am, G, Dm, Em, C, F, E, A, D

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Am Am   G G      Dm Dm   Am Am
Intro (x2)

G G
Do you remember a guy that's been
Em Em
In such an early song
C C
I've heard a rumour from Ground Control
D D
Oh no, don't say it's true

F F
They got a message
from the Action Man
C C Em Em F F
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too
I've loved
all I've needed to love
G G E E
Sordid details following"

A A
The shrieking of nothing is killing
E E
Just pictures of Jap girls
in synthesis and I
G G D D
Ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
F F C C Em Em
But I'm hoping to kick but the planet it's glowing

[CHORUS]
F F G G
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
C C Am Am
We know Major Tom's is a junkie
F F G G
Strung out in heaven's high
Am Am G G
Hitting an all-time low

Dm Dm Am Am G G
Transition (x4)
Dm Dm Am Am
final transition

G G
Time and again I tell myself
Em Em
I'll stay clean tonight
C C D D
But the little green wheels are following me
Oh no, not again
F F
I'm stuck with a valuable friend
C C Em Em F F
"I'm happy, hope you're happy too"
One flash of light
G G E E
but no smoking pistol

A A
I never done good things
E E
I never done bad things
G G D D
I never did anything out of the blue,
F F
Want an axe to break the ice
C C Em Em
Wanna come down right now

[CHORUS]
F F G G
Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
C C Am Am
We know Major Tom's is a junkie
F F G G
Strung out in heaven's high
Am Am G G
Hitting an all-time low

Dm Dm Am Am G G

Dm Dm
My mother said
Am Am
to get things done
G G
You'd better not mess
Dm Dm
with Major Tom

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About this song

"Ashes to Ashes" is a single by David Bowie, released in 1980. It made #1 in the UK and was the first cut from the Scary Monsters album, also a #1 hit. As well as its musical qualities, it is noted for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet. The lyrics revisit Bowie's Major Tom character from "Space Oddity", which he referenced once again in 1996 with "Hallo Spaceboy". Bowie has said that with "Ashes to Ashes" he was, "wrapping up the seventies really for myself, and that seemed a good enough epitaph for it".