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Absolute Beginners
Song:     Absolute Beginners (Long Version) 1986
Artist:   David Bowie
Album:    Absolute Beginners [Soundtrack] 1986
URL’s:    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Beginners_%28David_Bowie_song%29;
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Beginners_%28film%29#Soundtrack;
Style:    Rock’n’Roll
Tuning:   Standard 

No Capo

Chords:
          EADGBe
Bm        X24432
D         XX0232
G/D       XX0003
A         X02220
Asus4     X02230
G/A       300003
Amaj7     X02120
Ebdim7    XX1212
F#7b9     242323
G         320003 or 320033
C         X32010 
Em7       020033
Bm7       X24232
G6        320000


MINI-INTRO:(Distorted dissonant picking over)
|Bm    D|Bm    D|


INTRO:(Scat vocalisation over)
G/D        D       G/D        A Asus4         
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh,
G/A        A Asus4 G/A        D
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.
G/D        D       G/A        A Asus4
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.
G/A        A Asus4 G/A        D       
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh. 


VERSE 1:
D                    Bm    Amaj7
I’ve nothing much to offer,
                       Ebdim7 F#7b9 
Theres nothing much to take.
G                 D      C
I’m an absolute beginner,
                   Bm    Em7 A
And I’m absolutely sane.
D                  Bm7    Amaj7
As long as were together,
                   Ebdim7 F#7b9
The rest can go to hell.
G     G6     D        C
I absolutely love you,
                    Bm      G
But were absolute beginners.
             D              F#
With eyes completely open,
                    A   Asus4
But nervous all the same


CHORUS 1:
A      D
If our love song,
               G
Could fly over mountains.
                   Bm
Could laugh at the ocean,
              F#7
Just like the films.
Asus4   A  D
There’s no reason,
                G
To feel all the hard times.
                Bm
To lay down the hard lines,
                A
It’s absolutely true.


BRIDGE 1:(Scat vocalisation & Sax over)
G/D        D       G/D        A Asus4         
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh,
G/A        A Asus2 G/A        D
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.
G/D        D       G/A        A Asus4
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.
G/A        A Asus2 G/A        D       
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.


VERSE 2:(Sax & Piano overtones)
D                  Bm    Amaj7
Nothing much could happen,
                 Ebdim7 F#7b9 
Nothing we can’t shake.
G                   D       C
Well we’re absolute beginners,
                     Bm    Em7 A
With nothing much at stake.
D                       Bm7     Amaj7
As long as you’re still smiling,
                       Ebdim7 F#7b9
There’s nothing more I need.
G     G6     D        C
I absolutely love you,
                    Bm      G
But were absolute beginners.
                  D         F#
But if my love is your love,
                   A    Asus4
Were certain to succeed.


CHORUS 2:
A      D
If our love song,
               G
Could fly over mountains.
                Bm
Could sail over heartaches,
              F#7
Just like the films.
Asus4   A       D
If      there’s reason,
                G
To feel all the hard times.
                Bm
To lay down the hard lines,
                A
It’s absolutely true.


:: INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE 2:(Piano & Sax over) ::
|A  D        |G   |Bm  |F#7  |
|Asus4  A   D|G   |Bm  |A    |

|A  D        |G   |Bm  |F#7  |
|Asus4  A   D|G   |Bm  |A    |


MINI-BRIDGE 3:(Percussion, Violins & Sax over)
|Bm  F# |D    |
|Bm  F# |Bm   |


CODA & BRIDGE 4:(Scat vocalisation & Sax over)
G/D        D       G/D        A Asus4         
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh,
G/A        A Asus2 G/A        D
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.
G/D        D       G/A        A Asus4
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.
G/A        A Asus2 G/A        D       
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.

G/D        D       G/D        A Asus4         
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh,
G/A        A Asus2 G/A        D
Bah-bah-ba-ooh,    Bah-bah-ba-ooh.


[End]


NOTES.
1.  “…The sessions, at Abbey Road Studios, were set up in a novel way, with a group of session musicians 
all receiving a card to work at the studio with "Mr X", who turned out to be Bowie. The sessions were 
completed rapidly, but the song was delayed due to the problems with completing the film. Virgin 
wanted the release to tie in with the film's opening. …”  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Beginners_%28David_Bowie_song%29
2.  “…This features former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman on piano. … Contrary to popular belief, 
Kate Bush does not sing backing vocals on this track. You are actually hearing 22 year old Janet Armstrong. 
This was Armstrong's first-ever professional studio session - rather ironic considering the song title!…”  
www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3649
3.  “…Absolute Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was concurrently released to promote 
the film. Aside from the plethora of music from contributing artists, the musical score was composed 
by Gil Evans. David Bowie's title track, Ray Davies' "Quiet Life" and the Style Council's songs were 
released as singles. …” 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Beginners_%28film%29
4.”…(G.E.)Smith was also David Bowie's guitarist on many of Bowie's tracks throughout the years. 
He can be seen on the official ‘Fashion’ video. …”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._E._Smith 

        
 
 
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About the artist behind Absolute Beginners:

"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]

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