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Teenage Wildlife
David Bowie Lyrics


Well, how come you only want tomorrow?
With its promise of something hard to do

A real-life adventure
Worth more than pieces of gold

Blue skies above, sun on your arms
Strength in your stride and hope in those squeaky-clean eyes
(Hope in those squeaky-clean eyes)
You'll get chilly receptions everywhere you go
Blinded with desire, I guess the season is on

So you train by shadow boxing, search for the truth
But it's all, but it's all used up
Break open your million-dollar weapon and push your luck
Still you push, still you push your luck

A broken-nosed mogul are you
One of the new-wave boys

Same old thing in brand, new drag
Comes sweeping into view, whoa, hoe, hoe, hoe, hoe, hoe
As ugly as a teenage millionaire
Pretending it's a whizz-kid world
You'll take me aside, and say

"Well, David, what shall I do?
They wait for me in the hallway"
I'll say, "Don't ask me, I don't know any hallways"
But they move in numbers and they've got me in a corner

I feel like a group of one
No, no, they can't do this to me
I'm not some piece of teenage wildlife
(Ooh, not some piece of teenage wildlife
Ooh, not some piece of teenage wildlife)

Those midwives to history put on their bloody robes
And the word is that the hunted one is out there on his own
And you're alone for maybe the last time
And you breathe for a long time
Then you howl like a wolf in a trap and you daren't look behind

You fall to the ground, like a leaf from a tree
And look up, one time, at that vast blue sky
Scream out of line as they shoot you down

No, no, I'm not a piece of teenage wildlife
I'm not a piece of teenage wildlife
(Ooh, not a piece teenage wildlife
Ooh, not a piece of teenage wildlife)

And no one will have seen and no one will confess
The fingerprints will prove that you couldn't pass the test
There'll be others on the line, filing past, who'll whisper low
"I miss you," he really had to go

Well, each to his own, he was another piece of teenage wildlife
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)
'Nother piece of teenage wildlife
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)

'Nother piece of teenage wildlife
(Ooo, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)

Wildlife (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)
Wildlife (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)
Wildlife (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)
Wildlife (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)
Wildlife (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)
Wildlife (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)
Wildlife (ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)

(Ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife
Ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife
Ooh, 'nother piece of teenage wildlife)

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: DAVID BOWIE

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Brandon Anderson

Started responding to questions by saying "don't ask me I don't know any hallways" long story short all my friends think I'm on meth

Apple Islander

A small price to pay for salvation.

JJRJ 85

This song: Bowie's love-hate relationship with the late '70s-early '80s new generation of pop-rock and post-punk musicians clearly influenced by his 69-77 run. Here you can almost hear him passing the torch to the new generation with ambivalence (Scary Monsters also had other "Writings On the Wall" moments about Bowie's distress and '70s nostalgia, like covering Tom Verlaine's "Kingdom Come", a punk-new wave artist, the remembrance and misery of Major Tom with "Ashes to Ashes", the lyrics of "Because You're Young", the mockery of "Fashion", re-recording one of his very early '60s tunes "It's No Game" and a 1974 leftover "Scream Like a Baby", etc.)
Scary Monsters is still a very strong and fresh-sounding album, probably one of his Top5 ever, but lyrically is one of his saddest: it's Bowie being aware that he was getting "old" (or at least not "young" anymore) and running out of ideas, and worse, that the new generation was borrowing heavily from his '70s legacy and stealing thunder from him. It's no surprise that Bowie didn't record a full LP from 1980 to 1983...He had already said it all and done it all; huge mainstream success was the final hill to climb, which he did in 1983-85, but sacrificing his artistic merit and vision for most of the '80s.

Shane Whaley

@Cianan Meagher animus. Thanks for teaching me a new word today! Solid usage as well, I agree with you.

JJRJ 85

@Cianan Meagher don't forget Heathen and Reality

Cianan Meagher

Makes me appreciate Blackstar even more knowing that it was his last effort with Tony Visconti after splitting Post-Scary Monsters over 30 years prior. I know that some people like Bowie’s attempt at 90s alternative and industrial, but it really seemed like there was no redemption after putting out shamelessly poppy records for almost a decade. Even Bowie himself has expressed regret in interviews about his capitulation to pop in the 80s, not that I can blame him since RCA was screwing him for royalties for the better part of his artistic heights. It’s understandable that he felt like he earned his pay, and it’s not like his pop-era was terrible, Let’s Dance and Tonight do have some very nice tracks, but they’re missing the animus that all of his albums from Hunky Dory to Scary Monsters had.

DreamPurpleFloyd

Quite an underrated gem if you ask me

Karl Dewhurst

Quite agree .The whole album is a gem & quite underrated.

Leslie Schmidt

Yes! You are so right!

Brit Brit

Yes, very

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