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China Girl
China Girl

Written by David Bowie & Iggy Pop
First released in 1977 by Iggy Pop

This version from David Bowie’s Let’s Dance Album 1983
Note Album version is 5min 32 seconds long and has a longer ending than the single.


No Capo for Album version.  (But I like to play with Capo 2)

[Intro] - Riff played 3 times.

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                               Em  G         Am
                               Oh  oh  oh    oh-oh             Little  China

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        Em                    Em  G         Am                              G
        Girl                  Oh  oh  oh    oh-oh              Little China Girl

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G                           Am
I could escape this feeling with my China Girl
G                         Am
I feel a wreck without my little China Girl
Em                       G
I feel her heart beating loud as thunder
Am                      B7
Saw they stars crashing


G                     Am
I’m a mess without my little China Girl
G                                  Am
Wake up in the mornings where’s my little China Girl
Em                       G
I hear her heart beating loud as thunder
Am                      B7 
Saw they stars crashing down 


G                        F                                   
I feel a-tragic like I’m Marlon Brando 
Em                      D
When I look at my China Girl
G                       F         
I could pretend nothing really meant too much
Em                      D
When I look at my China Girl


Em   D   C   B


Em                  D
I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
C                               
Visions of swastikas in my head 
B
Plans for everyone
Em                      D      C   B7 
It’s in the white of my eyes


Em                    
My little China Girl 
D
You shouldn’t mess with me
C                        B
I’ll ruin everything you are (you know)
Em                         
I’ll give you television 
D
I’ll give you eyes of blue
C                                B
I’ll give you a man who wants to rule the world


G                      
And when I get excited 
F
My little China Girl says
Em                          D
Oh baby, just you shut your mouth


         Em            D 
She says sh-sh-shhh 
         C             B
She says sh-sh-shhh  


[Guitar Solo]
She Says       She says
        Em  D           C   B   Em   D   C   B


G                      
And when I get excited 
F
My little China Girl says
Em                          D
Oh baby, just you shut your mouth


G                      
And when I get excited 
F
My little China Girl says
Em                          D
Oh baby, just you shut your mouth


         Em            D 
She says sh-sh-shhh 
         C             B
She says sh-sh-shhh  



She Says       
        Em  D   C   B


[Play opening Riff to fade]

Em  G       Am                    Em
Oh  oh oh   oh-oh    Little China Girl
Em  G       Am                    Em
Oh  oh oh   oh-oh    Little China Girl
Em  G       Am                    Em
Oh  oh oh   oh-oh    Little China Girl
Em  G       Am                    Em
Oh  oh oh   oh-oh    Little China Girl

 
 
David Bowie - China Girl :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
China Girl tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind China Girl:

"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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