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The Width of a Circle
David Bowie Lyrics


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

Well, I said hello and I said hello
And I asked, why not, and I replied, I don't know
So we asked a simple black bird, who was happy as can be
And he laughed insane and quipped Kahlil Gibran
And I cried for all the others till the day was nearly through
For I realized that God's a young man too

Ho
Oh I said so long and I waved bye-bye
And I smashed my soul and traded my mind
Got laid by a young bordello
Who was vaguely half asleep
For which my reputation swept back home in drag
And the moral of this magic spell
Negotiates my hide
When God did take my logic for a ride
(Riding along)

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

He swallowed his pride and puckered his lips
And showed me the leather belt round his hips
My knees were shaking my cheeks aflame
He said you'll never go down to the Gods again
(Turn around, go back)

He struck the ground a cavern appeared
And I smelt the burning pit of fear
We crashed a thousand yards below
I said do it again, do it again
(Turn around, go back)

His nebulous body swayed above
His tongue swollen with devil's love
The snake and I, a venom high
I said do it again, do it again
(Turn around, go back)

Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply
And I was seething, breathing deeply
Spitting sentry, horned and tailed
Waiting for you, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, TINTORETTO MUSIC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DAVID BOWIE

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johnny zell

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 rumor 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
Well, I said hello and I said hello
And I asked "Why not?" and I replied "I don't know"
So we asked a simple black bird, who was happy as can be
And he laughed insane and quipped "Kahlil Gibran"
So I cried for all the others till the day was nearly through
For I realized that God's a young man too
So I said "So long" and I waved "Bye-bye"
And I smashed my soul and traded my mind
Got laid by a young bordello
I was vaguely half asleep
For which my reputation swept back home in drag
And the moral of this magic spell
Negotiates my hide
When God did take my logic for a ride
(Riding along)
He swallowed his pride and puckered his lips
And showed me the leather belt round his hips
My knees were shaking my cheeks aflame
He said "You'll never go down to the Gods again"
(Turn around,go back!)
He struck the ground a cavern appeared
And I smelt the burning pit of fear
We crashed a thousand yards below
I said "Do it again, do it again"
(Turn around,go back!)
His nebulous body swayed above
His tongue swollen with devil's love
The snake and I, a venom high
I said "Do it again, do it again"
(Turn around, go back!)
Breathe, breathe, breathe deeply
And I was seething, breathing deeply
Spitting sentry, horned and tailed
Waiting for you



Lee James the liar

I am back.
Looking.
Smelling.
Feeling.
Breathing.
It is ME.

Thx for the ride.
Cold winter, bold moon, higher than high, in the rural areas.
Cruising.......the snow, the world.
Oh yes, years ago.
Never forgotten.
NEVER.
Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder.
DB .



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Paul Stanley

Tony Visconti's bass on this track made me buy a bass when I was 16 (1980) :)

Talbot's Place

Speaking as a bass player - when ever I was accused of over playing - I replied just listen to this album and see how adult bass players do it!

Graham Morley

Cool

Jonathan D'Agostino

Well, Tame impala's bass on "apocalypse dreams" made me buy a höfner when I was 19 (2013)

Mike Hill

Super keep on going 🤩💯✋🏻🎇

Alassinsane

What an imagination. The lyrics are incredible. I feel I've been taken on a journey. Bowie's lyrics always have me visualising. He was talent in it's purest form.

Damian Spooner (DJ)

My favourite Bowie album. R.I.P. David. 8th January 1947 - 10th January 2016

Mike Hill

Yeah we have lost so many of our rock heroes I saw him twice in concert

Geoff Fischer

It's not my favourite DB album but I have always found it amazing that it preceded Hunky Dory. The album, and particularly Width of a Circle, is so much darker and guitar rocking than Hunky Dory, which to me seemed a step back into the whimsy of his earliest stuff. Still, maybe it was just a hint at the fact that you never knew where he'd go next . What a genius.

dermot51

Think Space Oddity just about shades it but this LP is brilliant

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