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Red Sails Chords
David Bowie - Red Sails (1979)
Chords 11/4-2016 by Jon Malmin ([email protected])
Tuning: Standard E

This is a personal favourite of mine from Bowies catalogue. It's a bit cacophonic at times though, and it's
hard to do the original soundscape justice with just an acoustic guitar. So these are just the basic
underlying chords if you want to play along to the track. I strum the entire song in eighth notes in true
Neu!-style, but find a pattern that suits you!

[Intro]
D  D  D  D

[Verse 1]
  G
I feel roughed up, feel a bit frightened
Nearly pin it down some time
F
Red sail action wake up in the wrong town
Boy, I really get around
D                             E
...Thunder ocean, thunder ocean
                                 G
Red sails take me, make me sail along

[Interlude 1]
G  G  G  G
F  F  F  F

[Chorus]
D
Red sails and a mast so tall
E
Red sails, red sails

[Solo]
A  A  A  A
D  D  D  D

[Verse 2]
G
Do you remember we another person
Green and black and red and so scared
   F
Graffiti on the wall keep us all in tune
Bringing us all back home

[Chorus]
D
Red sails, thunder ocean
                                   E
Red sails, sailor can't dance like you (woooh!)
G
Red sail, red sail action
Red sail, some reaction

[Interlude 2]
F  F  F  F
D  D  D  D
E  E  E  E
A  A  A  A
D  D  D  D

[Verse 3]
G
Action boy seen living under neon
Struggle with a foreign tongue
F
Red sails make him strong
Action make him sail along
D
Life stands still and stares

[Interlude 3]
E  E  E  E

[Verse(?) 4]
    A
The Hinterland, the Hinterland
We're gonna sail to the Hinterland
         D
And it's far far far far, far far far away
It's a far far, far far far, da da da, da da da
G                             F
.....two.....three, four..... WOOOOOOOOH

[Ending guitar solo]
F  F  F  F
D  D  D  D
E  E  E  E
G  G  G  G
F  F  F  F
D  D  D  D (the song fades out during this chord)
 
 
David Bowie - Red Sails Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Red Sails tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Red Sails Chords:

"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 (and Super Creeps) album, also a #1 hit. As well as its musical qualities, it is noted for its innovative video, directed by Bowie and David Mallet. Bowie has said that with this song he was "wrapping up the seventies really for myself, and that seemed a good enough epitaph for it".[1]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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