She Shook Me Cold
David Bowie Lyrics


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We met upon a hill, the night was cool and still
She sucked my dormant will
Mother, she blew my brain, I will go back again
My god, she shook me cold

I had no time to spare, I grabbed her golden hair
And threw her to the ground
Father, she craved my head, oh lord, the things she said
My god, she should be told

I was very smart
Broke the gentle hearts of many young virgins
I was quick on the ball, left them so lonely
They'd just give up trying
Then she took my head, smashed it up
Kept my young blood rising
Crushed me mercilessly, kept me going around
So she don't know I crave her so-o-o

I'll give my love in vain, to reach that peak again
We met upon a hill




Mother, she blew my brain, I will go back again
My god, she shook me cold

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to David Bowie's song She Shook Me Cold depict a sexual encounter between the singer and a woman he met on a hill. The night was cool and still, and the encounter seems to have come out of nowhere - "I had no time to spare." The woman seemed to take control, sucking the singer's dormant will and blowing his brain. He is completely enamored with her, and wants to go back to experience the same high again. This is evident when he says "I'll give my love in vain, to reach that peak again."


The second verse gets even more explicit about the sexual encounter. The singer grabbed the woman's golden hair and threw her to the ground, and she seems to have craved his head. She said things that he doesn't disclose, but it seems to have been intense enough that he feels like he should tell someone about it. He then talks about his sexual prowess, saying that he broke the gentle hearts of many young virgins, but that this woman is different. She took his head and smashed it, crushing him mercilessly, but he can't help but crave her.


The lyrics of the song are clearly sexual in nature, with the singer describing the encounter in explicit detail. However, they are also poetic and somewhat cryptic, leaving a lot open to interpretation. The song is notable for Bowie's distinctive voice and the driving guitar riff that underpins the whole thing.


Line by Line Meaning

We met upon a hill, the night was cool and still
We had a chance meeting on a serene hill at night.


She sucked my dormant will
She ignited a spark in me that had been long dormant.


Mother, she blew my brain, I will go back again
She stimulated me mentally and I am drawn to her and will seek her out again.


My god, she shook me cold
She had a profound impact on me, shaking me to my core.


I had no time to spare, I grabbed her golden hair
I was impulsive and impulsively grabbed her hair.


And threw her to the ground
I was rough with her, throwing her down to the ground.


Father, she craved my head, oh lord, the things she said
She had a strong desire for me and said some provocative things.


My god, she should be told
Her actions and desires should be acknowledged and talked about.


I was very smart
I was clever and adept at winning over and breaking the hearts of many young women.


Broke the gentle hearts of many young virgins
I exploited the emotions of inexperienced young women and left them heartbroken.


I was quick on the ball, left them so lonely
I moved quickly and left them feeling utterly alone.


Then she took my head, smashed it up
She took control and overwhelmed me, causing me to lose my mind.


Kept my young blood rising
She kept me feeling young and alive, stirring up my passions.


Crushed me mercilessly, kept me going around
She dominated me without mercy, keeping me under her spell and wanting more.


So she don't know I crave her so-o-o
She may not realize it, but I have a strong desire for her.


I'll give my love in vain, to reach that peak again
I will put in effort and likely fail to get back to that incredible high I felt with her.




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

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