The Man Who Sold The World

(Nirvana version)

Words & Music:

David Bowie


Despite the vociferous protests of a certain tabber, this song is in Dm and not in G#m.  The full "MTV Unplugged in New York" transcription (two guitars and bass) is in Guitar World.  The original guitars & bass were tuned down one-half step (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb).


Main Riff:








INTRO:  [Main Riff 4x, then F]


Dm                      A

We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when.

Dm                     A                         F  Fsus4  F

Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend.

F                           C                 A

Which came as some surprise; I spoke into his eyes,

A                       Dm                       C

"I thought you died alone a long, long time ago."




C               F5  Db                F5

"Oh, no, not me.  I never lost control.

F5         C      F5         Db               A       Dm

You're face to face with the man who sold the world."


I laughed and shook his hand and made my way back home.

I searched for form and land, for years and years I roamed.

I gazed a gazley stare (at all the millions here).

I must have died alone a long, long time ago.


CHORUS:  [2x & new words:]

Who knows?  Not me.  We never lost control.

You're face to face with the man who sold the world."


OUTRO:  Solo over:  F  Dm  A  Dm  [3x]  End on F


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