Oh! You Pretty Things

Album: Hunky Dory (1971)
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  • Wake up, you sleepy head
    Put on some clothes, shake up your bed
    Put another log on the fire for me
    I've made some breakfast and coffee
    Look out my window, what do I see
    A crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me
    All the nightmares came today
    And it looks as though they're here to stay

    What are we coming to?
    No room for me, no fun for you
    I think about a world to come
    Where the books were found by the golden ones
    Written in pain, written in awe
    By a puzzled man who questioned
    What we were here for
    All the strangers came today
    And it looks as though they're here to stay

    Oh, you pretty things (oh, you pretty things)
    Don't you know you're driving your
    Mamas and papas insane?
    Oh, you pretty things (oh, you pretty things)
    Don't you know you're driving your
    Mamas and papas insane?
    Let me make it plain
    Gotta make way for the Homo Superior

    Look out at your children
    See their faces in golden rays
    Don't kid yourself, they belong to you
    They're the start of the coming race
    The earth is a bitch
    We've finished our news
    Homo Sapiens have outgrown their use
    All the strangers came today
    And it looks as though they're here to stay

    Oh, you pretty things (oh, you pretty things)
    Don't you know you're driving your
    Mamas and papas insane?
    Oh, you pretty things (oh, you pretty things)
    Don't you know you're driving your
    Mamas and papas insane?
    Let me make it plain
    Gotta make way for the Homo Superior Writer/s: David Bowie
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 3

  • Jacob Kilgore from KoreaRead the book or listen to the audiobook "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clark. I always thought there must have been a sci-fi book Bowie read that inspired this song. If there were one, this could be it. Aliens come and herald the next step in the evolution of the human race. Parents must say goodbye to their children.
  • Helio from Rio De Janeiro, BrazilThe Brazilian singer/composer Seu Jorge recorded a version of the song in Portuguese, for the film "The Life Aquatic, with Steve Zissou"
  • Mark from London, EnglandUntil I read otherwise, I always thought this song was inspired by the John Wyndahm novel "The Midwich Cuckoos" (and subesquent films, "Village Of The Damned" and "Children Of The Damned"), about an alien-inspired mutation creating a superior race of kids. Listen to the lyrics with that in mind and you will see what I mean!
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