Five Years

Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
  • Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing
    News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in
    News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying
    Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying
    I heard telephones, opera house, favorite melodies
    I saw boys, toys electric irons and T.V.'s
    My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare
    I had to cram so many things to store everything in there
    And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
    And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
    I never thought I'd need so many people

    A girl my age went off her head, hit some tiny children
    If the black hadn't a-pulled her off, I think she would have killed them
    A soldier with a broken arm, fixed his stare to the wheels of a Cadillac
    A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer
    Threw up at the sight of that
    I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlor, drinking milk shakes cold and long
    Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don't think
    You knew you were in this song
    And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor
    And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there
    Your face, your race, the way that you talk
    I kiss you, you're beautiful, I want you to walk

    We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
    Five years, what a surprise
    We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot
    Five years, that's all we've got

    We've got five years,what a surprise
    Five years,stuck on my eyes
    We've got five years my brain hurts a lot
    Five years, that's all we've got

    We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
    Five years, what a surprise
    We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot
    Five years, that's all we've got

    We've got five years, what a surprise
    Five years, stuck on my eyes
    We've got five years, my brain hurts a lot
    Five years, that's all we've got

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    Five years Writer/s: David Bowie
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, TINTORETTO MUSIC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Delin The Felon from San Diego, CaBowie uses the same musical chords as John Lennon's "God." Bowie tends to borrow what he likes.
  • David from Youngstown, OhActually it was dropped as the last song for his Live Aid set so they could broadcast the Cars' "Drive" video. What an absolutely stupid decision! "Five Years" is one of Bowie's best songs.
  • Steve from Berkeley, CaAnd the album closes with "Rock-n-Roll Suicide" No love, you're not alone.
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