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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Daily Bowie #36 - "I'm Deranged"

The Daily Bowie #36 - "I'm Deranged"

"The clutch of life and the fist of love"

1995 interview with David Bowie





Inspired by his and Eno’s trip to the Gugging Psychiatric Clinic in 1994 (from which Bowie took the image of the “Angel Man,” see above), Bowie chopped up a provisional lyric via his Verbasizer computer program, then crafted a run of lines that followed eddies of thought and made shotgun marriages of vowel sounds (“be real” becomes “before we reel”; “blonde” quickly summons “beyond”). The lyric’s perspective isn’t that of a madman as much as someone with romantic hopes of growing mad, with an undercurrent of masochism (“I’d start to believe…if I were to bleed,” Bowie sings, gently extending his long Es) and a few phrases suggesting that Bowie had been reading John Rechy again (“cruise me baby,” “the fist of love”).

"I'm Deranged" - OUTSIDE - 1995

"I'm Deranged"

Funny how secrets travel
I'd start to believe 
if I were to bleed
Thin skies, the man chains his hands held high
Cruise me blond
Cruise me babe
A blond belief beyond beyond beyond
No return No return

I'm deranged
Deranged my love
I'm deranged down down down
So cruise me babe cruise me baby

And the rain sets in
It's the angel-man
I'm deranged

Cruise me cruise me cruise me babe

The clutch of life and the fist of love
Over your head
Big deal Salaam
Be real deranged Salaam
Before we reel
I'm deranged

[CHORUS (two times)]

Cruise me cruise me cruise me babe

I'm deranged


Rest in peace, David. We miss you.

- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1602.25 - 8:00
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