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The Width of a Circle
by David Bowie

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

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

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Written by: DAVID BOWIE

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This song is pure genius! Great insight into humanity, especially with line “I came across a monster who was sleeping by a tree, and I looked and frowned and the monster was me.” As a true David Bowie fan, I think you’d have to admit that without Mick Ronson’s wicked guitar skills we would not have the Bowie we know and love today. Without Ronno, Bowie couldn’t have reached his stardustom( see what I did there?) or at least been who we know today. Mick helped David’s Ziggy Stardust (and his Spiders) rise, but Bowie himself actually caused the fall. If anyone has seen Beside Bowie, the Doc on Mick Ronson, you would know that David didn’t tell the Spiders that they were done until he told a crowd at their final show. I’m not trying to discredit Bowie or pure Ronno on a higher pedestal, in fact, I’m a huge Bowie fan. He is my Hero. He is my favorite solo musician. He inspired me to be me. He was a one of a kind, unique gem that this world has sadly lost and can never replace. But, without Mick’s God-given, other worldly guitar skills, Bowie would have probably never reached fame as Ziggy.


Ronno was the nazz


@Evan Miles Definently a fan of the Alomar years, the DAM rythm trio was great, and I adore what he did during the 90s and beyond! Heathen is beautiful

Evan Miles

@Klui Certainly, my favorite period is probably the years dominated by Alomar from 1975 to 1980 and again in 1995 (for which he had less of a role). His work with Reeves Gabrels (with Tin Machine and throughout the proceeding decade) is something to behold as well.

Evan Miles

According to Mick's wife, he told everyone except Woody and Trevor about his decision to retire. Ronson was in the know but yes, I do agree that he and Mick were a packaged deal. The criticism of David screwing over his bandmates largely derived from managerial concern over Woody and Trevor's share of the thinly sliced pie that was Mainman. David would've paid, he seemed the type that would've but he was completely under Defries' control. Tony wasn't out for his best interests, certainly he wouldn't prioritize credibility and equity to other band members over his main attraction, which he didn't give a fuck about firstly.

Eric Wilder

Ronson's out-put on the LIVE version (w/on stage video) of this track (Hammersmith I think??) is beyond BRILLIANT/POWERFUL & AMAZING etc....& simply "REAFFIRMS it ALL" to your statement here T.U.T.C.

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Damian Spooner

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


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

Charlie Muenchinger

And now what's your favorite÷r we still sane :x


My favourite album too. Remember when it came out. Was it really 3 years ago he left us? Bless you David, you genius.

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