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David Bowie

We can be heroes, just for one day.
I felt very puny as a human. I thought, "Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman."

David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), most famous using his stage name David Bowie, is a British singer, songwriter, and actor.

QuotesEdit

It's odd but even when I was a kid, I would write about "old and other times" as though I had a lot of years behind me.
  • I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir.
    • Quoted in Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies 15th Edition (2003) by Leslie Halliwell, p. 60
  • I get offered so many bad movies. And they're all raging queens or transvestites or Martians.
    • 1983 Comment, quoted in Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies 15th Edition (2003) by Leslie Halliwell, p. 60
  • I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, "Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman."
    • Quoted in Fas Ferox - A Modern Day Mythology - World Walkthrough (2006), edited by Anna Young and James Curcio
  • I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.

Livewire interview (2002)Edit

Heathenism is a state of mind … I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods presence in his life. He is the 21st century man.
Livewire interview (16 June 2002)
  • It's odd but even when I was a kid, I would write about "old and other times" as though I had a lot of years behind me. Now I do, so there is a difference in the weight of memory. When you're young, you're still "becoming", now at my age I am more concerned with "being". And not too long from now I'll be driven by "surviving", I'm sure. I kind of miss that "becoming" stage, as most times you really don't know what's around the corner. Now, of course, I've kind of knocked on the door and heard a muffled answer. Nevertheless, I still don't know what the voice is saying, or even what language it's in.
  • Strangely, some songs you really don't want to write. I didn't like writing "Heathen". There was something so ominous and final about it. It was early in the morning, the sun was rising and through the windows I could see two deer grazing down below in the field. In the distance a car was driving slowly past the reservoir and these words were just streaming out and there were tears running down my face. But I couldn't stop, they just flew out. It's an odd feeling, like something else is guiding you, although forcing your hand is more like it.
  • Heathenism is a state of mind. You can take it that I'm referring to one who does not see his world. He has no mental light. He destroys almost unwittingly. He cannot feel any Gods' presence in his life. He is the 21st century man. However, there's no theme or concept behind Heathen, just a number of songs but somehow there is a thread that runs through it that is quite as strong as any of my thematic type albums.
  • I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I'm not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does. There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It's always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.
    What is very enlightening for me right now is that I sense that I'm arriving at a place of peace with my writing that I've never experienced before. I think I'm going to be writing some of the most worthwhile things that I've ever written in the coming years. I'm very confident and trusting in my abilities right now. But I've got to think of myself as the luckiest guy. Robert Johnson only had one album's worth of work as his legacy. That's all that life allowed him.

Song lyricsEdit

All the young dudes
Carry the news…
As long as you're still smiling there's nothing more I need.
  • Nothing much could happen
    Nothing we can't shake
    Oh we're absolute beginners
    With nothing much at stake
    As long as you're still smiling
    There's nothing more I need
    I absolutely love you
    But we're absolute beginners.
    But if my love is your love
    We're certain to succeed.

Space Oddity (1969)Edit

  • Ground Control to Major Tom.
    Ground Control to Major Tom.
    Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.
  • This is Major Tom to Ground Control.
    I'm stepping through the door,
    And I'm floating in a most peculiar way.
    And the stars look very different today.

    For here
    Am I sitting in a tin can,
    Far above the world.
    Planet Earth is blue,
    And there's nothing I can do.

    • Space Oddity

The Man Who Sold the World (1970)Edit

  • In the corner of the morning in the past
    I would sit and blame the master first and last.
    All the roads were straight and narrow
    And the prayers were small and yellow.
    And the rumour spread that I was aging fast.
    Then I ran across a monster who was sleeping
    By a tree.
    And I looked and frowned and the monster was me.
  • Day after day
    They send my friends away
    To mansions cold and grey.
    To the far side of town
    Where the thin men stalk the streets
    While the sane stay underground.

    Day after day,
    They tell me I can go.
    They tell me I can blow
    To the far side of town
    Where it's pointless to be high,
    'Cause it's such a long way down.

  • Man is an obstacle, sad as the clown
    (Oh by jingo)
    So hold on to nothing, and he won't let you down.
  • Live to your rebirth and do what you will
    (Oh by jingo)
    Forget all I've said, please bear me no ill.
    • After All
  • We passed upon the stair, we spoke of was and when
    Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend
    Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes
    I thought you died alone, a long long time ago.
  • When all the world was very young
    And mountain magic heavy hung
    The supermen would walk in file
    Guardians of a loveless isle.

Hunky Dory (1971)Edit

I turned myself to face me
But I've never caught a glimpse
Of how the others must see the faker
I'm much too fast to take that test.
  • Still don't know what I was waiting for
    And my time was running wild.

    A million dead-end streets and
    Every time I thought I'd got it made
    It seemed the taste was not so sweet.
    So I turned myself to face me
    But I've never caught a glimpse
    Of how the others must see the faker
    I'm much too fast to take that test.
  • I watch the ripples change their size
    But never leave the stream
    Of warm impermanence.
    So the days float through my eyes
    But still the days seem the same.
    And these children that you spit on
    As they try to change their worlds
    Are immune to your consultations.
    They're quite aware of what they're going through.
    • Changes
  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
    Turn and face the strange.
    • Changes
  • It's a god-awful small affair
    To the girl with the mousy hair
    But her mummy is yelling "No"
    And her daddy has told her to go
    But her friend is nowhere to be seen
    Now she walks through her sunken dream
    To the seat with the clearest view
    And she's hooked to the silver screen.
    But the film is a saddening bore
    'Cause she's lived it ten times or more.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)Edit

  • Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing
    News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in.
    News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying
    Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying.
  • There's a starman waiting in the sky
    He'd like to come and meet us,
    But he thinks he'd blow our minds.
  • Making love with his ego Ziggy sucked up into his mind
    Like a leper messiah.
    When the kids had killed the man I had to break up the band.
  • Ziggy played guitar.
    • Ziggy Stardust
  • (Hey man) oh leave me alone you know
    (Hey man) oh Henry, get off the phone, I gotta
    (Hey man) I gotta straighten my face
    This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place.
  • Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
    Back from Suffragette City
    Oh don't lean on me man
    'Cause you ain't got time to check it
    You know my Suffragette City
    Is outta sight...she's all right ...Ah wham, bam, thank you ma'am!
    • Suffragette City

Aladdin Sane (1973)Edit

  • Who'll love Aladdin Sane?
    Battle cries and champagne just in time for sunrise.
    • Aladdin Sane

Diamond Dogs (1974)Edit

  • You've got your mother in a whirl
    She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl.
    Hey babe, your hair's alright.
    Hey babe, let's go out tonight.
    You like me, and I like it all.
    We like dancing and we look divine.
    You love bands when they're playing hard.
    You want more and you want it fast.
  • Rebel Rebel, you've torn your dress.
    Rebel Rebel, your face is a mess.
    Rebel Rebel, how could they know?
    Hot tramp, I love you so!
    • Rebel Rebel

Young Americans (1975)Edit

  • Fame, (fame) makes a man take things over
    Fame, (fame) lets him loose, hard to swallow
    Fame, (fame) puts you there where things are hollow
    Fame (fame)

    Fame, it's not your brain, it's just the flame
    That burns your change to keep you insane (sane).

Station to Station (1976)Edit

  • Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere, angel
    Come get up my baby.
    Look at that sky, life's begun
    Nights are warm and the days are young
    Come get up my baby.

Low (1977)Edit

"Heroes" (1977)Edit

  • I, I will be king.
    And you, you will be queen.
    Though nothing will drive them away.
    We can beat them, just for one day.
    We can be heroes, just for one day.

Scary Monsters (1980)Edit

  • Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
    We know Major Tom's a junkie
    Strung out in heaven's high
    Hitting an all-time low.

Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (1982)Edit

See these eyes so green…
I can stare for a thousand years…
Those who feel me near
Pull the blinds and change their minds.
Theme song for the film Cat People (1982)
  • See these eyes so green…
    I can stare for a thousand years
    Colder than the moon
    It's been so long…
    And I've been putting out fire…
    With gasoline!
  • See these eyes so red
    Red like jungle burning bright
    Those who feel me near
    Pull the blinds and change their minds
    .
  • Still this pulsing night
    A plague I call a heartbeat
    Just be still with me
    Ya wouldn't believe what I've been thru.

Let's Dance (1983)Edit

Let's dance — put on your red shoes and dance the blues…
  • Never gonna fall for
    Modern love — walks beside me.
    Modern love — walks on by.
    Modern love — gets me to the church on time.
    Church on time — terrifies me.
    Church on time — makes me party.
    Church on time — puts my trust in God and man.
    God and man — no confessions.
    God and man — no religion.
    God and man — don't believe in modern love.
  • My little China Girl
    You shouldn't mess with me.
    I'll ruin everything you are.
    I'll give you television.
    I'll give you eyes of blue.
    I'll give you a man who wants to rule the world.
  • Let's dance — put on your red shoes and dance the blues.
    Let's dance — to the song they're playin' on the radio.
    Let's sway — while colour lights up your face.
    Let's swa —, sway through the crowd to an empty space.
  • And if you say run, I'll run with you
    And if you say hide, we'll hide.
    Because my love for you
    Would break my heart in two.
    If you should fall
    Into my arms
    And tremble like a flower.
    • Let's Dance
  • Let's dance for fear your grace should fall
    Let's dance for fear tonight is all
    • Let's Dance

Earthling (1997)Edit

  • God is an American.
    I'm afraid of Americans.
    I'm afraid of the world.
    I'm afraid I can't help it.
    I'm afraid I can't

Heathen (2002)Edit

  • Steel on the skyline
    Sky made of glass
    Made for a real world
    All things must pass

    Ooo
    Waiting for something
    Looking for someone
    Is there no reason?

Reality (2003)Edit

  • And there's never gonna be enough money
    And there's never gonna be enough drugs
    And I'm never ever gonna get old
    There's never gonna be enough bullets
    There's never gonna be enough sex
    And I'm never ever gonna get old
    So I'm never ever gonna get high
    And I'm never ever gonna get low
    And I'm never ever gonna get old
  • The tragic youth was going down on me
    (...)
    I've been right and I've been wrong
    Now I'm back where I started from
    Never looked over reality's shoulder

"Where Are We Now?" (2013)Edit

Single for upcoming album The Next Day
  • Where are we now?
    Where are we now?
    The moment you know
    You know, you know
    As long as there's sun
    As long as there's sun
    As long as there's rain
    As long as there's rain
    As long as there's fire
    As long as there's fire
    As long as there's me
    As long as there's you
    • "Where Are We Now?" (2013)

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