Tis A Pity She Was A Whore

Album: Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • The B-Side of the 2014 single, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," this song gets its title from a 17th century English play called 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.

    A tragedy written by John Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore was first performed around 1630. Ford's failure to condemn his protagonist's incestuous passion for his sister made the play one of the most controversial works in English literature.
  • Bowie said the song was inspired by the destruction of World War I. "If Vorticists wrote rock music it might have sounded like this," he said, referring to the short-lived modernist movement in British art and poetry that emerged just before the war began.

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  • Styxrenegade from Rhode IslandYou can hear the middle of the song quietly at the beginning of the Blackstar version of the track as Bowie is breathing.
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