I Can't Give Everything Away
David Bowie Lyrics


I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns for prodigal songs
With blackout hearts, with flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

Seeing more and feeling less
Saying no but meaning yes
This is all I ever meant
That's the message that I sent

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns for prodigal songs
With blackout hearts, with flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

I can't give everything
I can't give everything
Away
I can't give everything
Away

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: David Bowie

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Tourbillon 13

@Isaac Hidalgo Perfect, my friend. Thankyou.
That has actually settled me quite a lot. Went through it with both my amazing Parents within 2 years of each other, and your piece of writing describes the journey with great understanding and compassion.
David's music 🎶 has always been my "restoration" throughout everything good and bad.
Now you have just confirmed that he understood the stages of grieving for one's own life and others... Damn it, he is even helping us to grieve for him!!! Because of what we meant to him... His worldwide extended Family 💔 Like a letter to each of us... Saying "It's time for me to go on ahead now, I am at peace within myself, let me help you to feel the same, as my way of saying thankyou..."
Coming up to 3 years. This is the first time have been able to listen to "Blackstar."
Darling David. A Gentleman to the very end of his adventure on earth.
God bless Iman, Duncan and Lexie...
Once again, Thankyou so much. Take care...
(And I'll be darned if that ain't one heck of a band up in heaven!!! With my Papa in the middle of it saying "Fancy doing Diamond Dogs there David?!!)" He adored that song and was a fantastic Singer... Aw man, tearing up again. 9 years gone January 14th. Love on ya everyone and turn those flippin' guitars down 🤣!!!



Isaac Hidalgo

I'm going to sum up what I think of it. Probably not accurate, but I'll try.
1. Blackstar is "Shock". It's a shocking piece, naturally. And almost distracting, maybe.
2. Denial. 'Tis a Pity was released originally before he was diagnosed, like a reminder of a time before then. It also seems to have little to do with death (unlike pretty much everything else on the album), if anything. Again, denial.
3. Anger. Lazarus doesn't seem angry, but it's definitely not happy and satisfied. "I'll be free", but with this in mind it's more like a "I don't have to like it either" kind of way. He doesn't want to go anywhere, and he's reminiscing of the good and the bad.
4. Bargaining. Again, a song released before his diagnosis, as if saying "if I keep doing this like I always have I'll come through it. I'm going to beat this."
5. Depression. Girl Loves Me is dark and weird, more so than any other song on the album, except maybe the title track. I think of Station to Station, also written out of desperation and I would assume some depression. The lyrics are deliberately cryptic and delirious, like the depression David's feeling that no one can relate to, no matter how much pain they might be feeling for him.
6. Testing. Dollar Days' refrain uses the phrase "push their backs against the grain". Experimentation and testing the waters have always been Bowie's way, and now he's having to apply them elsewhere by seeking a solution out. And then...
7. Acceptance. "I Can't Give Everything Away" is definitely about acceptance, even upbeat in a way. This is David saying "I'm going, but it was worth it. Every second. Goodbye."

Probably very wrong, but it's just how I'm choosing to see it.



Abiel Ticas

His mid-Eighties to "Black Tie White Noise" period was not my cup of tea, but since then I like a good deal of his late carrer output, I guess that even though it may not be compared to his '69-'81 period, it still stands well on its own.

I like particularly Earthling because of its electronic sound, and I guess it at least equals other electronic dance music made in this era, though I am not the greatest expert on 90s electronic music.

His whole seventies were great, though nobody is perfect, I personally do not have a favourite album from this period, because I like them all for different reasons.
The Man Who Sold The World has very cool rockers; Hunky Dory has very witty and beautiful songs.

Maybe my least favourite is Young Americans (apart from the title track and Fame, I am not quite sure if I like the rest of the stuff, but these two tracks really are among his good ones).

The rest is gold. His last classic album for me was Scary Monsters, and Let's Dance is very good but it feels like from someone who still controls his powers but started to lose that control slowly.



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Ulcar

This feels like the credits theme of Bowie's life

jonny favors

Well, that's what I believe Bowie himself wanted people to think that as well.

Southsideman

@Hunter Steven :)

Hunter Steven

@Southsideman to infinity! And beyond!!

Napoleon Wilson

Yes. That...

The 2nd Coming

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Pierre Ripplinger

He was fighting cancer when he did all this work, right?
I find it overwhelming he created one of his best albums while facing death.
Never has anyone said goodbye so elegantly and beautifuly.

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@William Ballantyne your life must be so sad lol wtf why so much anger

Finly Benyunes

@SIMI ZERO Of course! 😢

golden

@William Ballantyne ok im sorry lets forget about it

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