Five Years

Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
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  • Pushing through the market square
    So many mothers sighing (sighing)
    News had just come over
    We had five years left to cry in (cry in)
    News guy wept and told us
    Earth was really dying (dying)
    Cried so much his face was wet
    Then I knew he was not lying (lying)

    I heard telephones, opera house, favorite melodies
    I saw boys, toys, electric irons and TV'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 have 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
    We've got 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, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 4

  • David from Sydney David from young’s town I guess you didn’t see it live, as in he gave up his (stage) time and the time given up was actually part of the Ethiopian appeal, it was footage on the ground from Africa played to the cars song a huge moment in the show and money intake. But it was a crazy set list from Bowie tvc15 an album track many years before from Station to station that I’m still trying to figure who the thin white duke is ? It was a day for bangers and he lost his nerve in choice of what people love from him as in the public non fans and queen nailed that request. He still is always up there but he did not show all the public what we Bowie fans see and know why he so talented on song and live
  • 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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