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Watch That Man
by David Bowie

Shaky threw a party that lasted all night
Everybody drank a lot of something nice
There was an old fashioned band of married men
Looking up to me for encouragement it was so-so
The ladies looked bad but the music was sad
No one took their eyes off Lorraine
She shimmered and she strolled like a Chicago moll
Her feathers looked better and better it was so-so
Yeah it was time to unfreeze
When the reverend alabaster danced on his knees
Slam so it wasn't a game
Cracking all the mirrors in shame

Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He talks like a jerk but he could eat you with a fork and spoon
Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He walks like a jerk
But he's only taking care of the room
Must be in tune

A Benny Goodman fan painted holes in his hands
So shaky hung him up to dry
The pundits were hoking the manholes were smoking
And every bottle battled with the reason why
The girl on the phone wouldn't leave me alone
A throw back from someone's LP
A lemon in a bag played the tiger rag
And the bodies on the screen stopped bleeding
Yeah I was shaking like a leaf
For I couldn't understand the conversation
Yeah I ran to the street, looking for information

Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He talks like a jerk but he could eat you with a fork and spoon
Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He walks like a jerk
But he's only taking care of the room
Must be in tune

Watch that man
Watch that man
Watch that man, oh, oh, oh, oh
Watch that man
Watch that man
(Watch that man)
Watch that man
Watch that man
Watch that man
(Watch that man)
(Watch that man)
(Watch that man)
(Watch that man)

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
Written by: DAVID BOWIE

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viva la sophie

The intro is so lit

Jose Gomez

Sophie
Indeed

Puerto Riconnect

The vocals feel so drowned out on this track.

dmlt1210

The vocals further recede when you listen to it with headphones/earphones with a V-shaped sound sig.

Chris Campbell

Like a couple others said, Bowie was aiming for a Stonesy feel. The record company asked for a better vocal mix, but they decided to stick with this one, with a 'muddier' sound overall, but it still has a lot of sonic impact -- just as it did on the LP when it first came out. I think this remaster buries the vocals a little bit more than a couple of the previous reissues.

Brandon Harper

@Puerto Riconnect I think it’s supposed to sound like that because the song is about him being over whelmed at a very loud but boring and disappointing party.

Ian Davis

I still play the original vinyl copy. Forty years plus, still perfect. Digital copies are compressed to buggery !

Themanwhocameback2

@Kevin Ozbirn Ken, It's so refreshing to encounter your intelligent appreciation of Bowie. Not the blind idiotic idolatry one often encounters here on Youtube. In 73-74 Bowie was very much taken with Todd Brownings 1932 film, Freaks. He refers to it in the opening lyrics of Diamond Dogs and the album cover itself is the final image in the film, where Olga Baclanova has been mutilated by the freaks, and becomes "One f Us" (the Ramones used this chant as well as Gabba Hey in their songs) I'm sure the final clip of the film is here on Youtube.

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Rbo SMF

My favorite David Bowie album.

Woodstocker69

One of mine too. Unfortunately, it was on the turntable when I got ripped-off. TV, stereo, albums, everything....gone! Yeah, that was real "Panic In Detroit". Glad I could get jt back here though.

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