The lyrics to this song are mainly nonsense. However, Bowie wanted to write a song that used the names of all seven dwarves from Snow White. When he ran out of dwarves, he made some up.
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This song and much of the Earthling album saw Bowie experiment with elements of jungle, industrial and drum and bass music. Two years before the album was released, Bowie co-headlined "The Outside Tour" with the industrial band, Nine Inch Nails. Exposure to their music undoubtedly influenced Bowie when writing Earthling.
The official video for "Little Wonder" is very surreal, featuring Bowie and another actor in a variety of nightmarish situations, including meeting an alien-like figure on the train and unearthing an eyeball in a cup of tea in a cafe.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.