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Young Americans
by David Bowie

They pulled in just behind the bridge
He lays her down, he frowns
Gee my life's a funny thing, am I still too young?
He kissed her then and there
She took his ring, took his babies
It took him minutes, took her nowhere
Heaven knows, she'd have taken anything, but

All night
She wants a young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
All night
But she wants the young American

Scanning life through the picture window
She finds the slinky vagabond
He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang
But Heaven forbid, she'll take anything
But the freak, and his type, all for nothing
Misses a step and cuts his hand, but
Showing nothing, he swoops like a song
She cries, "Where have all Papa's heroes gone?"

All night
She wants the young American
Young American, young American, she wants the young American
All right
Well she wants the young American

All the way from Washington
Her bread-winner begs off the bathroom floor
We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?

All night
He wants the young American
Young American, young American
He wants the young American
All right (all right)
Well, he wants the young American

Do you remember, your President Nixon? (ooh)
Do you remember, the bills you have to pay?
Or even yesterday?

Have been the un-American? (ooh)
Just you and your idol sing falsetto (ooh)
'Bout Leather, leather everywhere, and
Not a myth left from the ghetto
Well, well, well, would you carry a razor (ooh)
In case, just in case of depression? (ooh)
Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors
Blushing at all the Afro-Sheeners
Ain't that close to love?
Well, ain't that poster love?
Well, it ain't that Barbie doll
Her hearts have been broken just like you and

All night
All night you want the young American
Young American, young American, you want the young American
All right
You want the young American

You ain't a pimp and you ain't a hustler
A pimp's got a Cadi and a lady got a Chrysler
Black's got respect, and white's got his soul train
Mama's got cramps, and look at your hands ache
(I heard the news today, oh boy)
I got a suite and you got defeat
Ain't there a man who can say no more?
And, ain't there a woman I can sock on the jaw?
And, ain't there a child I can hold without judging?
Ain't there a pen that will write before they die?
Ain't you proud that you've still got faces?
Ain't there one damn song that can make me
Break down and cry?

All night
I want the young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American
All right
I want the young American, young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American (I want what you want, I want what you want)
All night
You and I
I want you, I
Young American, young American, I want the young American
All right
And all I want is the young American
Young American, young American, I want the young American

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management
Written by: David Bowie

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jmms429

"We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?"

cubomania3

anton chipurrh Ha ha ha !!!!
You’re thinking this song is about millennials??!! Oh that’s hysterical. Noooo. Bowie was simply writing about aging. He wasn’t immortalizing pathetic millennials.

cubomania3

Beck-o No. He was just referring to aging.

Scott Dawg

@Patricia Wright Just shut up...there's enough negativity in the world and if I wanted to complain or make an opinion I'm able too. Take the stick out your ass and relax.

Patricia Wright

@Scott Dawg -Well, Scott go VOTE! Stop complaining about the world, & help to change it. I voted when I turned 18 yrs. old. I know for a fact that David Bowie would be very sad to hear that T-Dog(trump, I can't show anymore respect, than his Rap name)was made the president of the U.S. David, was a man of ethics, kindness, & acceptance! PLEASE, for everything holly send T-Dog back to playing golf, & stuffing his fat face!. OH! I forgot that's what he does now. Also, IF you like T-Dog? Get the F-- off this site. Don't try to lie to ME about him like my very educated sister, & brother do.(All have their Masters degrees, & live in Calif.) I am just SURE they have the start of dementia?!?

Rhoobarb

Smash 72Cutlass Afro Sheeners. Google it.

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Kevin McCoy

I can't believe this only made it to #28 on the charts. #1 for me.

Omahamaho

must've been a lotta good stuff on the air then

Carr Rexx

That's how good music was.

Ryan Doyle

Fame made it to #1 from this album but I like this song way way better. But they released a shortened version as the single which isn't nearly as good.

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