Man On The Moon chords by R.E.M.


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Man On The Moon | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: C | Dadd4 Dadd9sus4 | C | C :||

Verse 1

||: C | Dadd4 Dadd9sus4 | C | C :||
Mott the Hoople and the Game of Life. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Andy Kaufman in the wrestling match. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Monopoly, 21, Checkers, and Chess. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Mister Fred Blassie in a breakfast mess. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Let’s play Twister, let’s play Risk. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
| C | Dadd4 Dadd9sus4 | C | C (C/B) |
I’ll see you in Heaven if you make the list. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.

Bridge 1

| Am | G (Gsus4) |
Now Andy, did you hear about this one?
| Am | G (Gsus4) |
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
| Am | G C |
Hey Andy, are you goofing on Elvis? “Hey, baby”.
| D | D (Dsus4) |
Are losing touch?

Chorus 1

| G Am | C G/B | G C | D (Dsus4)|
If you believed, they put a man on the moon, man on the moon.
| G Am | C G/B | Am | Am |
If you believed, there’s nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool.

Verse 2

||: C | Dadd4 Dadd9sus4 | C | C :||
Moses went walking with the staff of wood. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Newton got beaned by the apple good. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Egypt was troubled by the horrible asp. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Mister Charles Darwin had the balls to ask. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.

Bridge 2

| Am | G (Gsus4) |
Now Andy, did you hear about this one?
| Am | G (Gsus4) |
And tell me, are you locked in the punch?
| Am | G C |
Hey Andy, are you goofing on Elvis? “Hey, baby”.
| D | D (Dsus4) |
Are you having fun?

Chorus 2

| G Am | C G/B | G C | D (Dsus4) |
If you believed, they put a man on the moon, man on the moon.
| G Am | C G/B | Am | Am |
If you believed, there’s nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool.

Instrumental 1

||: Em (Em7) | D (Dsus4) :||
| Em (Em7) | D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) |

Verse 3 (breakdown)

||: C | Dadd4 Dadd9sus4 | C | C :||
Here’s a little agit for the never-believer. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Here’s a little ghost for the offering. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Here’s a truck stop instead of Saint Peter’s. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.
Mister Andy Kaufman’s gone wrestling. Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.

Bridge 3

| Am | G (Gsus4) |
Now Andy, did you hear about this one?
| Am | G (Gsus4) |
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
| Am | G C |
Hey Andy, are you goofing on Elvis? “Hey, baby”
| D | D (Dsus4) |
Are we losing touch?

Chorus 3

| G Am | C G/B | G C | D (Dsus4) |
If you believed, they put a man on the moon, man on the moon.
| G Am | C G/B | Am | Am |
If you believed, there’s nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool.

Instrumental 2

||: Em (Em7) | D (Dsus4) :||
| Em (Em7) | D (Dsus4) | D (Dsus4) |

Chorus 4

||: G Am | C G/B | G C | D (Dsus4) |
||: If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon.
| G Am | C G/B | Am | Am :|| x3
If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool. :||

End

| Em |



Man On The Moon Chords: Learn the progressions


Man On The Moon is an excellent example of how a typical guitarist comes up with a riff – by moving a shape and discovering what it sounds like!

The chords for the verse, which is the hook of the tune, is a C chord, then just moved up two frets.

This creates a very strange-sounding chord name for the D. For once, something that is easier done than said: Dadd9sus4. I like this chord and tend to use it for other songs as well, just because I like it.

Here’s the verse chord progression:

||: C (IV) | Dadd4 (V) Dadd9sus4 | C | C :||

Here’s the TAB for the first two bars of this verse.

Man On The Moon chords and TAB first half

The bridge is II – I on repeat, then IV – V again, like this:

| Am (II) | G (I) (Gsus4) | Am | G (Gsus4) |
| Am | G C (IV) | D (V) | D (Dsus4) |

The chorus picks up the pace by playing two chords per bar, a very clever songwriting trick! We ascend using I – II – IV – I/3. The first time we then go I – IV – V, the second time just stay on the II chord, like this:

| G (I) Am (II) | C (IV) G/B (I/3) | G C | D (Dsus4) |
| G Am | C G/B | Am | Am |

Lastly, the solo discovers a new chord, the VI, then pairs it with the V chord, like this:

||: Em (VI) (Em7) | D (V) (Dsus4) :||

Just like the chorus used two chords per bar to change the feel of the song, going to a previously unused diatonic chord is another classic songwriting trick.

Should you feel, when playing along with the original recording, that something isn’t quite right then that would be because they’re tuned slightly sharp, to 444Hz. My online guitar tuner can change the Hz, use it!

Members get some more detailed TAB, here’s a link to the complete lesson: Man On The Moon – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Man On The Moon represents peak R.E.M.!

One of R.E.M.’s most popular tunes, Man On The Moon, can be found on their best album, Automatic For The People (1992).

I say the best album because here you also find Everybody Hurts and Drive, another two brilliant tunes, but I guess this is a subjective opinion.

You could argue that the previous album, Out of Time (!991) is a close contender with Shiny Happy People and Losing My Religion. I find it interesting that these two are released during consecutive years.

Most huge bands do hit a spell like this where all their best tunes are written. It is as if it’s easy, but then they can’t replicate it.

I guess what we can learn here is that when the stars align, you have to get your head down and write as much as you possibly can, the muse may never return!



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