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The Bewlay Brothers
by David Bowie

And so the story goes they wore the clothes
They said the things to make it seem improbable
Whale of a lie like they hope it was

And the good men tomorrow had their feet in the wallow
And their heads of brawn were nicer shorn
And how they bought their positions with saccharin and trust
And the world was asleep to our latent fuss
Sighings swirl through the streets like the crust of the sun, the Bewlay Brothers

In our wings that bark
Flashing teeth of brass
Standing tall in the dark
Oh, and we were gone
Hanging out with your dwarf men
We were so turned on
By your lack of conclusions

I was stone and he was wax so he could scream and still relax
And we frightened the small children away
And our talk was old and dust would flow
Through our veins and though it was midnight back at the kitchen door
Like the grim face on the cathedral floor
The solid book we wrote cannot be found today
And it was stalking time for the moon boys, the Bewlay Brothers

With our backs on the arch
And if the Devil may be here
But he can't sing about that
Oh, and we were gone
Real cool traders
We were so turned on
You thought we were fakers

And now the dress is hung, the ticket pawned
The factor max that proved the fact is melted down
Woven on the edging of my pillow
And my brother lays upon the rocks
He could be dead, he could be not, he could be you
He's chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and caricature
Shooting up pie in the sky
Bewlay brothers
In the feeble, in the bad
Bewlay brothers

In the blessed and cold
In the crutch-hungry dark
Was where we flayed our mark
Oh, and we were gone
Kings of Oblivion
We were so turned on
In the night walk pavilion

Lay me place and bake me pie I'm starving for me gravy
Leave my shoes, and door unlocked I might just slip away

Just for the day, ay
Please come away, ay
Just for the day, ay
Please come away, ay
Please come away, ay
Just for the day, ay
Please come away, ay
Please come away, ay
Please come away, ay
Please come away, ay

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Written by: DAVID BOWIE

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This was Lou Reed's favorite Bowie song.

Daniela Teixeira

So is mine

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@Gene Clark it is about his brother, but it bleeds stories of his heroin use ...
"dust would flow through our* veins"
"shooting up pie in the sky"
"kings of oblivion"
"so turned on, in the mind warp pavilion"


​@Nell Tremagne Very cool info. Thank you for that. The thing I love most about Bowie's lyrics are they conjur up imagery. Like all great lyrics should. Cheers!


@Kevin Ozbirn Kings Of Oblivion...would make a killer band name...

Jeff McDonald

I've seen and read many references official books and documentaries that say this song is about gargoyles that come alive at night and attack and/or kill people at night.

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love to all Bowie fans.

Berlin Trilogy

The last song I listened too while in Arizona... such a surreal feeling. Staring at the sky while listening to this


@Jose Martinez Almost any strange is good for a night. Cheers.

Jose Martinez

Even more surreal is listening to this on a dark, rainy night staring out of your bedroom window somewhere in suburban Northern England. I would swap for Arizona though...just for a night.

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