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Sweet Thing  David Bowie

Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 20:56:40 -0400
From: (Bo Riley)
Subject: b/bowie_david/sweet_thing.crd
Song: "Sweet Thing" from the album "Diamond Dogs" (1974)
Artist: David Bowie
Words and Music by: David Bowie
Transcribed and Submitted by: Bo Riley (
This post contains the chords to the song "Sweet Thing" by David Bowie.
The version, below, is from the "Diamond Dogs" album, on which the song
"Sweet Thing" is divided into three parts, "Sweet Thing," "Candidate,"
and "Sweet Thing (reprise)." The song also appears on the "David Live"
album, where it is referred to as simply "Sweet Thing." This post contains
chords for the entire "Sweet Thing" sequence. A special thanks to the
lyrics archive at Teenage Wildlife ( for help with
some of the lyrics.
Any questions? Email me. (
* Special note: The big, extended chords towards the end can be
substituted with the following chords:
Bbmaj13#11 play Bb
Fmaj13 play F
C6/9 play C
D(add9) play D
"SWEET THING" (Sweet Thing, Candidate, Sweet Thing (reprise))
[C] [D/C] [C] [D/C] [C] 
It's safe in the [D/C]city,[C] to love in a [D/C]doorway[C]
To wrangle some[D] screens from the [Em]door[D]
And isn't it [C]me,[D/C] putting pain[C] in a stranger?[D/C]
Like a portrait in [C]flesh, who [D]trails on a [Em]leash
[D]Will you [C]see[D/C] that I'm scared[C] and I'm lone[D/C]ly?
So I'll break up my [C]room, and [D]yawn and I[Em]
Run to the [D]center of[Bm] things,
Where the knowing one says
[Dm]Boys, [Am]boys, it's a [G]sweet thing
[Dm]Boys, [Am]boys, it's a [F]sweet thing, sweet thing[G]
If you [Dm]want it, bo[Am/C]ys, get it [G/B]here, thing[G]
'Cause [Dm]hope, boys,[Am] is a [F]cheap thing, cheap thin[G]g[C]
I'm glad that you're [D/C]older than me[C]
Makes me feel im[D/C]portant and free[C]
Does that make you [D]smile, isn't that[Em] me?[D]
I'm in your [C]way,[D/C] and I'll steal[C] every moment[D/C]
If his trade is a [C]curse, then I'll [D]bless you
And[Em] turn to the [D]crossroads of [Bm]hamburgers, and
[Dm]Boys, [Am]boys, it's a [G]sweet thing
[Dm]Boys, [Am]boys, it's a [F]sweet thing, sweet thing[G]
If you [Dm]want it, bo[Am/C]ys, get it [G/B]here, thing[G]
'Cause [Dm]hope, boys,[Am] is a [F]cheap thing, cheap thin[G]g
[D] [F#m] [Bm] [Bb]  
[D] [Gm/D] [D] [Gm/D]  
[D] [F#m] [Bm] [Bb]  
[D] [Gm/D] [D] [Gm/D] [D] 
[Dm] [Am] [G]  
[Dm] [Am] [G]  
[Dm] [Am] [G]  
[Dm] [Am] [G]  
[Dm] [Am] [G]  
I'll make you a [Dm]deal, like any [Am]other candidate
We'll pre[G]tend we're walking home 'cause your future's at stake
My [Dm]set is amazing, it even [Am]smells like a street
There's a [G]bar at the end where I can meet you and your friend
[Dm]Someone scrawled on the wall "I smell the [Am]blood of les tricoteuses"[G]
Who wrote up scandals in other bars
I'm having[Dm] so much fun with the [Am]poisonous people
Spreading [G]rumours and lies and stories they made up
[Dm]Some make you sing and s[Am]ome make you scream
[G]One makes you wish that you've never been seen
But there's a [Dm]shop on the corner that's selling [Am]paper mache
Making [G]bulletproof faces, Charlie Manson, Cassius Clay
If you [Dm]want it, [Am]boys, get it [G]here, thing
So you [Dm]scream out of line "I [Am]want you! I need you!
[G]Anyone out there? Any time?"
[Dm]Tres butch little number whines "Hey [Am]dirty, I want you
When it's [G]good, it's really good, and when it's bad I go to pieces"
If you [Dm]want it, [Am]boys, get it [G]here, thing
Well, on the [Dm]street where you live I could not [Am]hold up my head
For I [G]put all I have in another bed
On another [Dm]floor, in the [Am]back of a car
In the [G]cellar like a church with the door ajar
Well, I [Dm]guess we must be looking for a [Am]different kind
But we [G]can't stop trying 'til we break up our minds
'Til the [Dm]sun drips blood on the [Am]seedy young nights
Who [G]press you on the ground while shaking in fright
I g[Dm]uess we could cruise down [Am]one more time
With [G]you by my side, it should be fine
We'll [Dm]buy some drugs and [Am]watch a band
Then j[G]ump in the river holding hands
"SWEET THING (reprise)"
[Dm] [Am] [G]  
[Dm] [Am] [G]  
If you [Dm]want it, bo[Am/C]ys, get it [G]here, thing
'Cause [Dm]hope, boys,[Am] is a [F]cheap thing, cheap thin[G]g[C]
Is it nice in your [D/C]snow storm,[C] freezing your [D/C]brain?[C]
Do you think that your [D]face looks the [Em]same?[D]
Then let it [C]be,[D/C] it's all I ever [C]wanted[D/C]
Its a street with a d[C]eal, and a t[D]aste
Its got c[Em]laws, its got me[D], its got yo[G]u[A/G]
[G] [A/G] [G] [A]  
Bbmaj13#11* Fmaj13*
Bbmaj13#11* Fmaj13*
Bbmaj13#11* C6/9* D(add9)*
E (more or less, there are alot of #9's, dominant 7's, and
such in the bass. E5 would be the safest bet here).
Any questions? Email me. (
Bo Riley
Oh, rain-BOWS. Yeah, I like those. Those are coo.

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