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Quicksand
David Bowie - Quicksand
Album: Hunky Dory (1971)

Transcribed by Jon Malmin ([email protected])
Tuning: Standard E
This is how I play Quicksand... This is very close to the album version.
The dim-chords are shown at the bottom of the page, if you need them.

[Intro]

G Am7 G Am7
G Am7 G Am7

    C
I'm closer to the Golden Dawn
                                     G
Immersed in Crowley's uniform of imagery
     C
I'm living in a silent film
                                        G
Portraying Himmler's sacred realm of dream reality
                                   
I'm frightened by the total goal,   drawing to the ragged hole

     Eb                              F
e|---3-----3-----3-----3-----3----|---5-----5-----5-----5-----5------|
B|-----4-----4-----4-----4-----4--|-----6-----6-----6-----6-----6----|
G|-3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3|-5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----5--|
D|--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|----------------------------------|

       G             Em       C
And I ain't got the power anymore
      C                       G  Am7 A7sus2 A
No I ain't got the power anymore

          D
I'm the twisted name on Garbo's eyes
                                         A
I'm living proof of Churchill's lies, I'm destiny
     D
I'm torn between the light and dark
                                       A
Where others see their targets, divine symmetry
 F
Should I kiss the viper's fang
    G
Or herald loud the death of Man
       A              F#m             D
I'm sinking in the quicksand of my thought
        D                    A
And I ain't got the power anymore


[BRIDGE]

 A       E          F#m
Don't believe in yourself
       D#dim         E
Don't deceive with belief
          Edim                   Bm
Knowledge comes with death's release
     D#dim         A
Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah
       F#m         E
Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaaha

     D                    
I'm not a prophet or a stone age man
                                                A 
Just a mortal with potential of a superman, I'm living on
      D             
I'm tethered to the logic of Homo Sapien
                                               A
Can't take my eyes from the great salvation of bullshit faith
      F
If I don't explain what you ought to know
         G
You can tell me all about it on the next Bardo
     A                F#m            D
I'm sinking in the quicksand of my thought
       D                      A
And I ain't got the power anymore


[BRIDGE]

 A       E          F#m
Don't believe in yourself
       D#dim         E
Don't deceive with belief
          Edim                   Bm
Knowledge comes with death's release
     D#dim         A
Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah
       F#m         E
Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaaha

 A       E          F#m
Don't believe in yourself
       D#dim         E
Don't deceive with belief
          Edim                   Bm
Knowledge comes with death's release
     D#dim         A
Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaah
       F#m         E
Aaah, aaah, aaah, aaaha

D#dim:        Edim:
x-x-1-2-1-2   x-x-2-3-2-3

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

About the artist behind Quicksand:

"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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