THE WIDTH OF A CIRCLE from The Man Who Sold The World 


INTRO:  Lead Riff, Acoustic comes in
        Bass comes in, Full band plays riff
        E  E7  E
        E  E7  E


       A                                 E  E7  E
In the corner of the morning in the past
        A                                  E  E7  E
I would sit and blame the master first and last
        G                       A
All the roads were straight and narrow
        G                      A
And the prayers were small and yellow
        G                  G#          E   E7  E
and the rumour spread that I was aging fast
       A            C#m             F#m           D
Then I ran across a monster who was sleeping by a tree
      F                          F#          A   G  E  E7  E  E7  E
And I looked and frowned and the monster was me


       A                           E  E7  E
Well I said hello and I said hello
      A                                        E  E7  E
And I asked why not and I replied I don't know
      G              A                 G            A
So we asked a simple blackbird who was happy as can be
       G                  G#               E   E7  E
And he laughed insane and quipped Kahil Gibran
     A                 C#m             F#m            D
So I cried for all the others till the day was nearly through
      F             F#           A       G  E  E7  E  E7  E
For I realised that Gods a young man too


SOLO: E
      E  E7  E
      E  E7  E


     A                                E  E7  E
So I said so long and I waved bye bye
      A                                  E  E7  E
And I smashed my soul and traded my mind
    G                A              G             A
Got layed by a young bordello I was vaguely half asleep
             G          G#                 E    E7  E
For which my reputation swept back home in drag
        A             C#m           F#m        D
And the moral of this magic spell negotiate my hide
     F               F#          A    G
When God did take my logic for a ride
         E   E7  E  E7  E    
Riding a long


INTRO


CHORD BIT:  Bm7  E9  A6  A7
            Bm7  E9  A6  A7...guitar comes in on last A7


LEAD GUITAR BIT:  F  Eb  D  Dsus4  D
                  F  Eb  D  Dsus4  D


F            Eb          D  Dsus4  D
Ah...ah..ah..ah..ah..ah..ah 
F            Eb          D  C  G  D  C  G
Ah...ah..ah..ah..ah..ah..ah 


   D                                         C  G
He swallowed his pride and puckered his lips
    D                                         C  G
And showed me the leather belt round his hips
   D                                   C
my knees were shaking my cheeks aflame
   G           D
He said you'll never go down to the Gods again
            C  G
Turn around go back


   G
He struck the ground a cavern appeared
      A
And I smelt the burning pit of fear
   G
We crashed a thousand yards below
       D
I said do it again do it again
            C  G
Turn around go back


    D                          C  G
His nebulous body swayed above
    D                               C  G
His tongue swollen with devils love
    D                        C
The snake and I a venom high
  G    D
I said do it again do it again
            C  G
Turn around go back


G
Breathe breathe breathe deeply
          A
And I was seething breathing deeply
  G
A spitting sentry horned and tailed 
D               C  G
Waiting for you


SOLO 2: A  G  D  many times!
        Ends on an A

 
OUTRO:  F  Eb  D  Dsus4  D
        F  Eb  D

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INTRO: The feedback at the very start of the song is from the 7th fret of the 
'A' string, and a very loud amp. I'm going to transcribe the lead guitar and the 
acoustic. Here's the lead: 
 E----------------------
 B----------------------
 G----------------------
 D----------------------
 A-77-75455-54244-42022-
 E----------------------

And here's the acoustic. These are just the notes. The changes are with the lead 
guitar: 
 E----------------
 B----------------
 G----------------
 D----------------
 A-11-979-757-545-
 E-0--000-000-000-

FIRST SOLO: This is very hard to transcribe because it is so 'off-the-wall' and 
quite definately improvised. 
   E
 E--------------------------------------------------------------0--------
 B-----------------------------------------------------------------------
 G-9B12-9B12-9B12-9B12-9B12-9B12-9B12-9B12-9B12-7H9P766H711112H4-432-4vv-
 D-----------------------------------------------------------------------
 A-----------------------------------------------------------------------
 E-----------------------------------------------------------------------

   E
 E---14-14-+     +--------------------------------------------------------------------
 B-12------+     +-12-12-12------------------15P12--12H15P12--12H15P12--12H15P12----0-
 G-12------+  9  +-12-12-12-14-12-14-12-14-12-----14--------14--------14--------14B-0-
 D---------+Times+--------------------------------------------------------------------
 A---------+     +--------------------------------------------------------------------
 E---------+     +--------------------------------------------------------------------

   E
 E------+     +---------------------------------0-----0-0---0-0-0-0-------0----------
 B------+     +----------8-----10B10P8H10-----8----------------------------3---------
 G-9B12-+  15 +-7H9P7-779-9P8H9----------9P8H9---1-2/4-4-4H7-6-4-2-1H2-1H4-3-4vv-3vv-
 D------+Times+----------------------------------------------------------------------
 A------+     +----------------------------------------------------------------------
 E------+     +----------------------------------------------------------------------

It's impossible to transcribe the noisy bits so you'll just have to make 
noises!!! 

LEAD GUITAR BIT: I hope you know where I am. It's about 4:40 into the song or 
there abouts. 
   A6 A7   F  Eb D     F  Eb D     F    Eb D F    Eb D
 E---------------------------------------------------------
 B---------------------------------------------------------
 G-2-------------------------------------------------77777-
 D-------2/7535314B5B4-7535314B5B4-10-878757-10-8787577777-
 A----024--------------------------------------------55555-
 E---------------------------------------------------------
                                          Ah (vocals join in)

He Struck The Ground... The lead guitar plays a cool lick over the top of the 
chords in these bits: 
   G            A
 E---------------------------
 B---------------------------
 G---53~4--53~4---75~6--75~6-
 D-55----55-----77----77-----
 A---------------------------
 E---------------------------

SOLO 2: 
   A
 E-----------------5-------------5---------------10B10-8-------------------
 B---8------------5-8-8B12-8B12-8-8B-8B-85-----8--------10B10-875--------5-
 G-7B-7B7-5H7P5--6------------------------8P7P6------------------6---55----
 D-------------7--------------------------------------------------75-55----
 A------------------------------------------------------------------7--7---
 E-------------------------------------------------------------------------

   A
 E-----+     +----------------------5---------7B-7B7--------------12---12---------------------17-
 B---8-+     +----555-7B8B7B8------5-87-7-10-8-----------10-10-12B--12B--12B12-10H12P10--10-17---
 G-7B--+  9  +-7B-555-7B8B7B8-7P5-5------------------9/11------------------------------11--------
 D-----+Times+-------------------7---------------------------------------------------------------
 A-----+     +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 E-----+     +-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

   A
 E-17-17-----17-----17-----17-----17-----17---17-17-17-----17-----17-----------------
 B---------17-----17-----17-----17-----17--------17------17-----17-------------------
 G------19B----19B----19B----19B----19B----19B--------19B----19B----19-17-18---------
 D--------------------------------------------------------------------------19-19-19-
 A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

   A
 E------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 B--------------555----10B-8B-8-8B-8B-85-----------------------------5----------
 G-19B19P17--18-555---------------------876759B12-5H7P5P4-4H5P4------5-7B7B7P5--
 D---------19------775-----------------------------------------5H7-77---------7-
 A------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 E------------------------------------------------------------------------------

   A                     A            G D A            G D
 E--5--------------------------------------------------------
 B------------5-----5----------------------------------------
 G-6-6--------5-----5-------------------7----------------7-2-
 D----77-7P5H7-7P5H7-74-224422442244-5-7-224422442244-5-7-2-
 A-----------------------000000000000-5-5-000000000000-5-5-0-
 E------------------------------------3----------------3-----

OUTRO: The guitar doubles the vocals the same as in the Lead Guitar Bit. 

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CHORDS: EADGBE
        ------
G       320033
F       133211
G#      466544
C       332010
A       X02220
Eb      XX5343
C#m     X46654
E       022100
A6      X04650
E7      020100
Bm7     X24232
D       XX0232
A7      X02020
F#      244322
Dsus4   XX0233

        EA D G BE
        ------
E9      011121100
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COMMENTS:

PETE ALEXANDER 19/3/2006 - 17:09:16
My favourite Bowie song from my favourite Bowie album.FX used,Tone bender and Wah only?
JACOB GILES 16/8/2005 - 12:35:27
intead of E E7 E...TRY E E7 E6 E
END0 28/12/2004 - 16:02:45
Ya, i have been searchin for the tab too, the 17track remastered version of the album is wikked.
SHEEPY 25/7/2004 - 15:34:35
This is one of my favourite Bowie songs, its great in all aspets. Does any one know where I can find bass tabs for it? I cant find any.
COLIN 19/11/2002 - 19:51:35
a brilliant song from an album not many have or many bowiephies give any air to!! Colin
VALDES 18/9/2001 - 10:46:56
Dm and I looked and frowned and the F#sus4 A monster was me
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