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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Daily Bowie #24 - "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide"


The Daily Bowie #24 - "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide"

And the clocks waits so patiently on your song


I saved The Rise and Fall of  Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars for the penultimate in this series of one song from each album because I was conflicted about which song to feature and because this album is so important. I would select the ENTIRE ALBUM to feature, but I set rules for myself with The Daily Bowie and that does not fit the rules.

And so I thought about the song that spoke to me first from The Rise and Fall of  Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, and I have to say it's this song. I was young. This song spoke to my tragic and melodramatic poser self. I made a music video of it for a class project, featuring myself playing it on the guitar and signing. I wish that video survived. I do not think I have that video anywhere, but if I ever find it, I WILL post it.

The song appealed to my over-dramatic sense of self. The song has been described as more theatre show song than rock song. With influences of Baudelaire and Jacques Brel, the song instantly connected to things I would discover in my college journey but had not even heard of yet let alone experienced.

I just liked being a drama queen.

"Oh no, love, you're not alone."

LINK: DAVID BOWIE

LINK: THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS - 1972

LINK: "ROCK 'N' ROLL SUICIDE"

LINK: FROM PUSHING AHEAD OF THE DAME ON "ROCK 'N' ROLL SUICIDE"

from Michael Allred's comic Red Rocket 7
David Bowie - Farewell Speech & "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide" 
(Live Hammersmith 1973) 
from the motion picture The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars




"Rock 'N' Roll Suicide" 

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth
You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette
The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget
Ohh how how how, you're a rock 'n' roll suicide

You're too old to lose it, too young to choose it
And the clocks waits so patiently on your song
You walk past a cafe but you don't eat when you've lived too long
Oh, no, no, no, you're a rock 'n' roll suicide

Chev brakes are snarling as you stumble across the road
But the day breaks instead so you hurry home
Don't let the sun blast your shadow
Don't let the milk float ride your mind
You're so natural - religiously unkind

Oh no love! you're not alone
You're watching yourself but you're too unfair
You got your head all tangled up but if i could only
Make you care
Oh no love! you're not alone
No matter what or who you've been
No matter when or where you've seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
You're not alone

Just turn on with me and you're not alone
Let's turn on with me and you're not alone (wonderful)
Let's turn on and be not alone (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you're wonderful (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you're wonderful (wonderful)
Oh gimme your hands.

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Rest in peace, David. We miss you.

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1602.13 - 6:00
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