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Aladdin Sane

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Release date: 
April 10, 1973
Total Tracks: 
10
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Label: 
RCA
Design: 
Brian Duffy - Photography
Brian Duffy/Celia Philo/Philip Castle - Design/Artwork
Producer: 
Ken Scott
David Bowie

    Aladdin Sane

    • Design Brian Duffy - Photography
    • Design Brian Duffy/Celia Philo/Philip Castle - Design/Artwork
    Released April 1973
    Label RCA
    Producers Ken Scott, David Bowie
  • 1
    Watch That Man

    Shakey threw a party that lasted all night
    Everybody drank a lot of something nice
    There was an old-fashioned band of married men
    Looking up to me for encouragement-It was so-so

    The ladies looked bad but the music was sad
    No one took their eyes off Lorraine
    She shimmered and she strolled like a Chicago moll
    Her feathers looked better and better- It was so-so

    Yeah! it was time to unfreeze
    The Reverend Alabaster danced on his knees
    Slam! so it wasn't a game
    Cracking all the mirrors in shame

    Watch that man! Oh honey watch that man!
    Well he talks like a jerk
    But he could eat you with a fork and spoon
    Watch that man! Oh honey watch that man!
    He walks like a jerk
    But he's only taking care of the room
    Must be in tune

    A Benny Goodman fan painted holes in his hands
    So Shakey hung him up to dry
    The pundits were joking the manholes were smoking
    And every bottle battled with the reason why

    The girl on the phone wouldn't leave me alone
    A throw back from someone's L.P.
    A lemon in a bag played the Tiger Rag
    And the bodies on the screen stopped bleeding

    Yeah! I was shaking like a leaf
    For I couldn't understand the conversation
    Yeah! I ran to the street looking for information

    Watch that man! Oh honey watch that man!
    He talks like a jerk
    But he could eat you with a fork and spoon
    Watch that man! Oh honey watch that man!
    He walks like a jerk
    But he's only taking care of the room
    Must be in tune

    Watch that man!

  • 2
    Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)

    Watching him dash away
    Swinging an old bouquet of dead roses
    Sake and strange divine
    You'll make it
    Passionate bright young things
    Takes him away to war
    Don't fake it
    Saddening glissando strings
    You'll make it

    Who will love Aladdin Sane?
    Battle-cries and champagne
    Just in time for sunrise
    Who will love Aladdin Sane?

    Motor sensational
    Paris or maybe Hell
    I'm waiting
    Clutches of sad remains
    Waits for Aladdin Sane
    You'll make it

    Who will love Aladdin Sane?
    Millions weep a fountain
    Just in case of sunrise
    Who will love Aladdin Sane?
    Will love Aladdin Sane?

    Will love Aladdin Sane?
    Who will love Aladdin Sane?
    Millions weep a fountain
    Just in case of sunrise
    Who will love Aladdin Sane?
    Will love Aladdin Sane?
    Will love Aladdin Sane?

  • 3
    Drive-In Saturday

    Let me put my arms around your head
    Gee its hot, let's go to bed
    Don't forget to turn on the light
    Don't laugh babe, it'll be alright
    Pour me out another phone
    I'll ring and see if your friends are home
    Perhaps the strange ones in the dome
    Can lend us a book we can read up alone

    And try to get it on like once before
    When people stared in Jagger's eyes
    And scored like the video films we saw

    His name was always Buddy
    And he'd shrug and ask to stay
    She'd sigh like Twig the Wonder Kid
    And turn her face away
    She's uncertain if she likes him
    But she knows she really loves him
    It's a crash course for the ravers
    It's a drive in Saturday

    Jung the foreman prayed at work
    That neither hands nor limbs would burst
    It's hard enough to keep formation
    Amid this fall-out saturation
    Cursing at the Astronette
    That stands in steel by his cabinet
    He is crashing out with Sylvian
    The Bureau Supply for ageing men
    With snorting head he gazes to the shore
    Where once had raged a sea that raged no more
    Like the video films we saw

    His name was always Buddy
    And he'd shrug and ask to stay
    She'd sigh like Twig the Wonder Kid
    And turn her face away
    She's uncertain if she likes him
    But she knows she really loves him
    It's a crash course for the ravers
    It's a drive in Saturday

  • 4
    Panic In Detroit

    He looked a lot like Che Guevara
    Drove a diesel van
    Kept his gun in quiet seclusion
    Such a humble man
    The only survivor of the National People's Gang

    Panic in Detroit
    I asked for an autograph
    He wanted to stay home
    I wish someone would phone
    Panic in Detroit

    He laughed at accidental sirens
    That broke the evening gloom
    The police had warned of repercussions
    They followed none too soon
    A trickle of strangers
    Were all that were left alive

    Panic in Detroit
    I asked for an autograph
    He wanted to stay home
    I wish someone would phone
    Panic in Detroit

    Putting on some clothes
    I made my way to school
    And found my teacher
    Crouching in his overalls
    I screamed and ran
    To smash my favourite slot machine
    And jumped the silent cars
    That slept at traffic lights

    Having scored a trillion dollars
    Made a run back home
    Found him slumped across the table
    A gun and me alone
    I ran to the window
    Looked for a plane or two

    Panic in Detroit
    He'd left me an autograph
    'Let me collect dust'
    I wish someone would phone
    Panic in Detroit

  • 5
    Cracked Actor

    I've come on a few years
    From my Hollywood highs
    The best of the last
    The cleanest star they ever had
    I'm stiff on my legend
    The films that I made
    Forget that I'm fifty
    'Cause you just got paid

    Crack baby crack
    Show me you're real
    Smack baby smack
    Is all that you feel
    Suck baby suck
    Give me your head
    Before you start professing
    That you're knocking me dead

    You caught yourself a trick
    Down on Sunset and Vine
    But since he pinned you
    Baby you're a porcupine
    You sold me illusions
    For a sack full of cheques
    You've made a bad connection
    'Cause I just want your sex

    Crack baby crack
    Show me you're real
    Smack baby smack
    Is all that you feel
    Suck baby suck
    Give me your head
    Before you start professing
    That you're knocking me dead

  • 6
    Time

    Time- He's waiting in the wings
    He speaks of senseless things
    His script is you and me boy
    Time- He flexes like a whore
    Falls wanking to the floor
    His trick is you and me boy
    Time- In Quaaludes and red wine
    Demanding Billy Dolls
    And other friends of mine
    Take your time

    The sniper in the brain regurgitating drain
    Incestuous and vain
    And many other last names
    Oh well I look at my watch
    It says 9:25 and I think
    'Oh God, I'm still alive'

    We should be on by now
    We should be on by now

    You-Are not a victim
    You-Just scream with boredom
    You- Are not evicting time

    Chimes- Goddamn you're looking old
    You'll freeze and catch a cold
    'Cause you've left your coat behind
    Take your time

    Breaking up is hard
    But keeping dark is hateful
    I had so many dreams
    I had so many breakthroughs
    But you my love were kind
    But love has left you dreamless
    The door to dreams was closed
    Your park was real greenless
    Perhaps you're smiling now
    Smiling through this darkness
    But all I have to give
    Is guilt for dreaming

    We should be on by now
    We should be on by now

  • 7
    The Prettiest Star

    Cold fire
    You've got everything but cold fire
    You will be my rest and peace child
    I moved up to take a place near you

    So tired
    It's the sky that makes you feel tried
    It's a trick to make you see wide
    It can all but break your heart in pieces

    Staying back in your memory
    Are the movies in the past
    How you moved is all it takes
    To sing a song of when I loved
    The prettiest star

    One day
    Though it might as well be someday
    You and I will rise up all the way
    All because of what you are
    The prettiest star

    Staying back in your memory
    Are the movies in the past
    How you moved is all it takes
    To sing a song of when I loved
    The prettiest star

    One day
    Though it might as well be someday
    You and I will rise up all the way
    All because of what you are
    The prettiest star

  • 8
    Let's Spend The Night Together (Bowie/Richards)

    Well don't you worry
    'Bout what's been on my mind
    I'm in no hurry
    I can take my time
    I'm going red and my tongue's getting tired
    I'm off my head and my mouth's getting dry
    I'm high

    Let's spend the night together
    Now I need you more than ever
    Let's spend the night together now

    I feel so strong
    That I can't disguise, oh my
    But I just can't apologise, no
    Don't hang me up but don't let me down
    We could have fun just a -fooling around and around

    Let's spend the night together
    Now I need you more than ever
    Let's spend the night together now

    You know I'm smiling baby
    You need some guiding baby
    I'm just deciding baby

    Let's spend the night together
    Now I need you more than ever
    Let's spend the night together now

    This doesn't happen to me every day
    No excuses I've got anyway
    I'll satisfy your every need
    And now I know you'll satisfy me

    Let's spend the night together
    Now I need you more than ever
    Let's spend the night together now

    They said we were too young
    Our kind of love was no fun
    But our love comes from above
    Do it, let's make love!

    Let's spend the night together
    Now I need you more than ever
    Let's spend the night together now

  • 9
    The Jean Genie

    A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city
    Strung out on lasers and slash-back blazers
    And ate all your razors while pulling the waiters
    Talking 'bout Monroe and walking on Snow White
    New York's a go-go and everything tastes nice
    Poor little Greenie

    Jean Genie lives on his back
    The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
    He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls
    Jean Genie, let yourself go!

    Sits like a man but he smiles like a reptile
    She loves him, she loves him
    But just for a short while
    She'll scratch in the sand
    Won't let go his hand
    He says he's a beautician and sells you nutrition
    And keeps all your dead hair for making up underwear
    Poor little Greenie

    Jean Genie lives on his back
    The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
    He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls
    Jean Genie, let yourself go!

    He's so simple minded
    He can't drive his module
    He bites on the neon
    And sleeps in a capsule
    Loves to be loved
    Loves to be loved

    Jean Genie lives on his back
    The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
    He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls
    Jean Genie, let yourself go!

  • 10
    Lady Grinning Soul

    She'll come, she'll go
    She'll lay belief on you
    Skin sweet with musky oil
    The lady from another grinning soul

    Cologne she'll wear
    Silver and America road

    She'll drive a Beetle car
    And beat you down at cool Canasta

    And when the clothes are strewn
    Don't be afraid of the room
    Touch the fullness of her breast
    Feel the love of her caress
    She will be your living end

    She'll come, she'll go
    She'll lay belief on you
    But she won't stake her life on you
    How can life become a point of view?

    And when the clothes are strewn
    Don't be afraid of the room
    Touch the fullness of her breast
    Feel the love of her caress
    She will be your living end