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(@wes-inman)
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Here's another great song by Elton John. This is a nice and easy strumming song, sounds equally good on acoustic or electric guitar.

To play this song along with the recording, place a Capo at the 3rd fret and play the chords shown. But this song sounds great in open tuning too.

I believe George Harrison played the great slide guitar on this song.

Chords used in this song: The chords with slashes "/ " means you play the note after the slash as the bass note in this chord. You will notice a descending bass line in this song: C, B, A, G, F#, this is very important to get the correct voicing in this song.


Em A7 C Em7/B Am Am7/G D/F# G

e--0-----0----0----0----0----0-----2m---3p---
b--0-----2r—--1i---3p---1i---1i----3r---0----
g--0-----0----0----0----2r---0-----2i---0----
d—-2r----2m-—-2m---0----2m---2m----0----0----
a—-2m----0----3r---2m---0----X-----0----2m---
e--0-------------------------3r----2t---3r---

i= index
m= middle
r= ring
p= pinky
t= thumb

Fingerings are just a suggestion.

The lyrics with chord changes:


(Em)She packed my bags last night pre- (A7)flight
(Em)Zero hour nine A. (A7)M.
(C)And I'm gonna be (Em7/B)hi---(Am)igh (Am7/G)as a kite by (D/F#)then
(Em)I miss the earth so much I (A7)miss my wife
(Em)It's lonely out in (A7)space
(C)On such a (Em7/B)time--less (Am)flight(Am7/G) (D/F#)

chorus:

(G)And I think it's gonna be a long long (C)time
Till touch down brings me round again to (G)find
I'm not the man they think I am at (C)home
Oh no no (Em7/B)no I'm a (A7)rocket man
(C)Rocket man burning out his fuse up (G)here alone (C)

(Em)Mars ain't the kind of place to (A7)raise your kids
(Em)In fact it's cold as (A7)hell
(C)And there's no one (Em7/B)there to (Am)raise them (Am7/G)if you did(D/F#)
(Em)And all this science I don't (A7)understand
(Em)It's just my job five days a (A7)week
A rocket (C)m--a--(Em7/B)-a--(Am)an, (Am7/G)a rocket (D/F#)man

chorus:

(G)And I think it's gonna be a long long (C)time
Till touch down brings me round again to (G)find
I'm not the man they think I am at (C)home
Oh no no (Em7/B)no I'm a (A7)rocket man
(C)Rocket man burning out his fuse up (G)here alone

(C)And I think it's gonna be a (G)long, long time
(C)And I think it's gonna be a (G)long, long time
(C)And I think it's gonna be a (G)long, long time

(C)(G) over and over and out.

That's it, hope you enjoy.

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


   
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(@artlutherie)
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Wes that's a nice one. Easy as sin. Might have to record it! 8)

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