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A Spaceman Came Travelling

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A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris de Burgh

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 Standard Tuning - 2/4 Time
 Audio File: willc's Music Library
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Intro:
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   Dm    C       Bb    Dm    F     C
      _     _       _           _     _
   | | | | | |   | | | | |   | | | | | |
e|-1-3-1-0-----|---------0-|-1-3-1-0-----|
B|---------3-1-|-3-3-1-3---|---------3-1-|
G|-------------|-----------|-------------|
D|-0-----------|-------0---|-3-----------|
A|-------3-----|-1---------|-------3-----|
E|-------------|-----------|-------------|

   Bb    C   Dm    Am      Bb    Dm 
                _     _       _     _
   | | | |   | | | | | |   | | | | | |
e|-------0-|-1-3-1-0-----|---------5-6-|
B|-3-------|---------3-1-|-3-3-1-3-6-8-|
G|---------|-------------|-------------|
D|---------|-0-----------|-------0-----|
A|-1-----3-|-------0-----|-1-----------|
E|---------|-------------|-------------|

   F       C       Bb   Bb    C   Dm
       _       _ 
   |  | |  |  | |   | | | |   | | | |
e|-8-10-8--8--8-8-|---------|-----1-0-|
B|10-11-10-8-10-8-|-6-------|---------|
G|----------------|---------|---------|
D|----------------|---------|---------|
A|----------------|---------|-----1-3-|
E|----------------|-6-----6-|-6-------|

   Dm

   | | | |   | | | |   | | | |   | | | |
e|---------|---------|---------|---------|
B|-3-------|---------|---------|---------|
G|---------|---------|---------|---------|
D|-0-------|-0-------|-0-------|-0-------|
A|---------|---------|---------|---------|
E|---------|---------|---------|---------|


Suggested Picking Pattern:
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   |   |   |   |
e|-------------*-|
B|---------*-----|
G|-----*---------|
D|-*-------------|
A|-*-------------|
E|-*-------------|
   |
   Root note of chord


Verse 1:
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  Dm            F                 C             Dm   
A spaceman came travelling on his ship from afar,
     F              C              Bb               [Lick 1]
Twas light years of time since his mission did start
    Dm     Am         Bb         Dm
And over a village he halted his craft,
       F           C          [Lick 2                      ]
And it hung in the sky like a star, just like a star.


Lick 1:     Lick 2:
------      ------
   Bb C      Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb C   Dm  
      _
   | | |     |     |     |     |  |   |     |     |     |
e|-----0-| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
B|-3-----| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G|-------| |-----|-----|-----|----0-|-0h2-|-----|-----|-----|
D|-------| |-3---|-----|-----|-3----|-0---|-0---|-0---|-0---|
A|-1-3---| |-1---|-1---|-1---|-1--3-|-----|-----|-----|-----|
E|-------| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|


Verse 2:
-------
  Dm            F                 C             Dm
He followed a light and came down to a shed,
     F              C              Bb               [Lick 1]
Where a mother and child were lying there on a bed,
    Dm     Am         Bb         Dm
A bright light of silver shone round his head,
       F           C          [Lick 2                      ]
And he had the face of an angel, and they were afraid.


Verse 3:
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  Dm            F                 C             Dm
Then the stranger spoke, he said "Do not fear,
     F              C              Bb               [Lick 1]
I come from a planet a long way from here,
    Dm     Am         Bb         Dm
And I bring a message for mankind to hear",
       F             C        [Lick 3                      ]
And suddenly the sweetest music filled the air. And it went


Lick 1:     Lick 3: (same as Lick 2 except last bar)
------      ------
   Bb C      Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb C   Dm  
      _ 
   | | |     |     |     |     |  |   |     |     |     |
e|-----0-| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
B|-3-----| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G|-------| |-----|-----|-----|----0-|-0h2-|-----|-----|-----|
D|-------| |-3---|-----|-----|-3----|-0---|-0---|-0---|-----|
A|-1-3---| |-1---|-1---|-1---|-1--3-|-----|-----|-----|-1-3-|
E|-------| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|


Chorus:
------
Dm          Am          Bb          Dm
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La, 
F           C           Bb         [Lick 1]
La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
Dm          Am          Bb          Dm
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
F             C             [Lick 3                       ]
Peace and goodwill to all of men,  and love for the child.

Dm          Am          Bb          Dm
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La, 
F           C           Bb         [Lick 1]
La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
Dm          Am          Bb          Dm
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
F           C               [Lick 2                       ]
oh,         oh,         oh.


Lick 1:     Lick 3: (same as Lick 2 except last bar)
------      ------
   Bb C      Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb C   Dm  
      _
   | | |     |     |     |     |  |   |     |     |     |
e|-----0-| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
B|-3-----| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G|-------| |-----|-----|-----|----0-|-0h2-|-----|-----|-----|
D|-------| |-3---|-----|-----|-3----|-0---|-0---|-0---|-----|
A|-1-3---| |-1---|-1---|-1---|-1--3-|-----|-----|-----|-1-3-|
E|-------| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|


Verse 4:
-------
  Dm          F                 C             Dm   
This lovely music went trembling through the ground,
     F           C              Bb                 [Lick 1]
And many were wakened on hearing that sound, 
    Dm           Am            Bb         Dm
And travelers on the road, the village they found,
       F             C         [Lick 2                    ]
By the light of that ship in the sky, which shone all around.


Lick 1:      Lick 2:
------       ------
   Bb C      Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb C   Dm  
      _
   | | |     |     |     |     |  |   |     |     |     |
e|-----0-| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
B|-3-----| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G|-------| |-----|-----|-----|----0-|-0h2-|-----|-----|-----|
D|-------| |-3---|-----|-----|-3----|-0---|-0---|-0---|-0---|
A|-1-3---| |-1---|-1---|-1---|-1--3-|-----|-----|-----|-----|
E|-------| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|


Verse 5:
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And just before dawn at the paling of the sky,
The stranger returned and said "Now I must fly, 
When two thousand years of your time has gone by,
       F        C          [Lick 3                        ]
This song will begin once again, to a baby's cry". And it went


Lick 1:     Lick 3: (same as Lick 2 except last bar)
------      ------
   Bb C      Bb    Bb    Bb    Bb C   Dm  
      _
   | | |     |     |     |     |  |   |     |     |     |
e|-----0-| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
B|-3-----| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G|-------| |-----|-----|-----|----0-|-0h2-|-----|-----|-----|
D|-------| |-3---|-----|-----|-3----|-0---|-0---|-0---|-----|
A|-1-3---| |-1---|-1---|-1---|-1--3-|-----|-----|-----|-1-3-|
E|-------| |-----|-----|-----|------|-----|-----|-----|-----|


Final Chorus:
------------
Dm          Am          Bb          Dm
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La, 
F           C           Bb         [Lick 1]
La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
Dm          Am          Bb          Dm
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
F             C            [Lick 3                        ]
This song will begin once again, to a baby's cry.

And I hear La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La, 
La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
Peace and goodwill to all of men, and love for the child.

And it went La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La, 
La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
La, la, la, La, la, la, La, la, la, La,
This song will begin once again, to a baby's cry.


Outro: 3 first bars of Intro  
        
 
 

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A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris de Burgh




A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris de Burgh
Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 2/8/2012
Updated: 2/8/2021
Audio: willc's Music Library
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A Spaceman Came Travelling

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A Spaceman Came Travelling - Chris de Burgh
A Spaceman Came Travelling

A Spaceman Came Travelling is a song by Chris de Burgh released on the album Spanish Train and Other Stories in 1975. It became a popular Christmas song in the UK, and has been released numerous times as a single, first in 1976, then 1981, 1984 and 1986. The re-release in 1976 reached #1 in Ireland, its reissue making #15 in that country in 1986.

De Burgh, who had just signed his first recording contract with A&M Records, was broke and "staying at a friend's flat" when he read Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Däniken. The book made him think "what if the star of Bethlehem was a space craft and what if there is a benevolent being or entity in the universe keeping an eye on the world and our foolish things that we do to each other?" A fan of Irish poet William Butler Yeats, whose work "The Second Coming" avers that every 2,000 years or so there would be a major cataclysmic event happening, de Burgh saw the birth of Christ as "such an event and then 2,000 years later there would be a similar" one.

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