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After All  David Bowie

David Bowie - After All
Album: The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
Transcribed by Jon Malmin (
Tuning: Standard E
[Em]Please trip them [Em7]gently, they d[A]on't like to f[Am]all ([Em]Oh by ji[F]ngo)
[Em]There's no room for a[Em7]nger, we're a[A]ll very [Am]small ([Em]Oh by j[F]ingo)
We're p[C]ainting our faces and d[G]ressing in thoughts from the sk[E]ies,
[E7]From parad[Am]ise [Am7/G]
But they [D7/F#]think that we're holding a se[Em]cretive ball.
Won't s[F]omeone invite them, they're j[G]ust taller children
That's [Am]all [Am7/G]
After [D7/F#]all [Fmaj7]
[Em]Man is an o[Em7]bstacle, s[A]ad as the [Am]clown ([Em]Oh by ji[F]ngo)
So h[Em]old on to [Em7]nothing, and he w[A]on't let you d[Am]own ([Em]Oh by ji[F]ngo)
Some p[C]eople are marching t[G]ogether and some on their o[E]wn
[E7]Quite alo[Am]ne[Am7/G]
[D7/F#]Others are running, the sm[Em]aller ones crawl
But som[F]e sit in silence, they're j[G]ust older children
That's [Am]all [Am7/G]
After [D7/F#]all [Fmaj7]
Middle section: F#m F#m7 B D F#m G (x2)
I s[C]ing with impertinence, s[G]hading impermanent c[E]hords,[E7]
With my [Am]words[Am7/G]
I've b[D7/F#]orrowed your time and I'm s[Em]orry I called
But the th[F]ought just occurred that we're n[G]obody's children at [Am]all [Am7/G]
After [D7/F#]all [Fmaj7]
[Em]Live till your re[Em7]birth and [A]do what you [Am]will ([Em]Oh by [F]jingo)
[Em]Forget all I've s[Em7]aid, please b[A]ear me no [Am]ill ([Em]Oh by j[F]ingo)
After all, after all (Em Em7 A Am, repeat until end)
Em: Em7: E: E7: F: Fmaj7:
 O-2-2-0-0-0 0-2-2-0-3-0 0-2-2-1-0-0 0-2-2-1-3-0 1-3-3-2-1-1 x-x-3-2-1-0

A: Am: Am7/G: D7/F#: G: C:
 x-0-2-2-2-0 x-0-2-2-1-0 3-0-2-0-1-0 2-x-0-2-1-2 3-2-0-0-3-3 x-3-2-0-1-0

F#m: F#m7: D: G (barred): B:
 2-4-4-2-2-2 2-4-4-2-5-2 x-x-0-2-3-2 3-5-5-4-3-3 x-2-4-4-4-2

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A Am Am7/G C D7/F# E E7 Em Em7 F Fmaj7 G
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