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Never Let Me Down

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Release date: 
April 01, 1987
Total Tracks: 
11
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Label: 
EMI
Design: 
Greg Gorman - Photography
Mick Haggerty - Art direction and design
Producer: 
David Bowie
David Richards

    Never Let Me Down

    • Design Greg Gorman - Photography
    • Design Mick Haggerty - Art direction and design
    Released April 1987
    Label EMI
    Producers David Bowie, David Richards
  • 1
    Day-In Day-Out

    Day-In Day-Out
    Stay-In Fade-Out

    Day-In Oo Oo
    Day-Out Oo Oo Oo

    She was born in a handbag
    Love left on a doorstep
    What she lacks is a backup
    Nothing seems to make a dent
    Gonna find her some money honey, try to pay her rent
    That's the kind of protection everyone is shouting about

    Chorus:
    Day-In Day-Out
    Stay-In Fade-Out

    Day-In Oo Oo
    Day-Out Oo Oo Oo

    First thing she learns is she's a citizen,
    Somethings they turn out right
    When you're under the USA
    Someone rings a bell and it's all over
    She's going out of her way
    Stealing for that one good rush

    Day-In Day-Out
    Stay-In Fade-Out

    She could use a little money
    She's hangin' on his arm like a cheap suit
    She's got no money, honey she's on the other side
    Oh come on little baby
    Late night, big town, police, shake down

    Oo Oo
    Oo Oo
    Day-In Day-Out
    Stay-In Fade-Out
    Oo Oo
    Oo Oo
    Day-In Day-Out
    Stay-In Fade-Out

    She's got a ticket to nowhere
    She's gonna take a train ride
    Nobody knows her, or knows her name
    She's in the pocket of a home boy
    Oo she's gonna take her shotgun Pow
    Spin the grail spin the drug
    She's gonna make them well aware
    She's an angry gal

    Day-In Day-Out
    Stay-In Fade-Out

    Suddenly there's angels everywhere
    Angels in a ton of sound
    And they shootin' her down
    Shooting her with video-drugs-bullets and promises

  • 2
    Time Will Crawl

    I've never sailed on a sea
    I would not challenge a giant
    I could not take on the church
    Time will crawl
    Till the 21st Century lose

    I know a government man
    He was as blind as the moon
    He saw the sun in the night
    He took a top-gun pilot
    He made him fly thru a hole
    Till he grew real old
    And he never came down
    He just flew till he burst

    Time will crawl till our mouths run dry
    Time will crawl till our feet grow small
    Time will crawl till our tails fall off
    Time will crawl till the 21st century lose

    I saw a black black stream
    Full of white eyed fish
    And a drowning man
    With no eyes at all
    I felt a warm warm breeze
    That melted metal and steel
    I got a bad migraine
    That lasted three long years
    And the pills that I took
    Made my fingers disappear

    Time will crawl, time will crawl
    Time will crawl
    Till the 21st century lose

    You were a talented child
    You came to live in our town
    We never bothered to scream
    When your mask went on
    We only smelt the gas
    As we lay down to sleep

    Time will crawl and our heads bowed down
    Time will crawl and our eyes fell out
    Time will crawl and the streets run red
    Time will crawl till the 21st century lose

    Time will crawl and our mouths run dry
    Time will crawl and our feet grow small
    Time will crawl and our tails fall off
    Time will crawl till the 21st century lose

    Time will crawl and our heads bowed down
    Time will crawl and our eyes fall out
    Time will crawl and the streets run red
    Till the 21st century lose

    For the crazy child
    We'll give every life
    For the crackpot notion

  • 3
    Beat Of Your Drum

    Photograph king, watches you go
    Fashions may change, heaven knows, but you still leave a stain on me

    Supplement queen, your colours may fade
    Seasons may change, weather blows, but you still leave a mark

    Wrong-negative fades - never the twain, reckless and tame

    I like the beat of your drum
    I like to look in your eyes
    I like to look thru your things
    I'd like to beat on your drum

    I like the smell of your flesh
    I like the dirt that you dish
    I like the clothes that you wear
    I'd like to beat on your drum

    Disco brat - follow the pack
    Watching you peel, heaven knows, prison can't hold all this greedy intention

    Vanity's child- picture you now
    Music may change hi-di-ho keen to follow your nose

    Wrong-love out of tune
    Sweet is the night, bright light destroys me

    Chorus:
    I like the beat of your drum
    I like to look in your eyes
    I like to look thru your things
    I'd like to beat on your drum

    I like the smell of your flesh
    I like the dirt that you dish
    I like the clothes that you wear
    I'd like to beat on your drum

    I'd like to beat on your drum
    I'd like to beat on your drum
    I like your face in the crowd
    I'd like to beat on your drum

    I'd like to beat on your drum
    I'd like to beat on your drum
    I'd like to blow on your horn
    I'd like to beat on your drum

  • 4
    Never Let Me Down (Bowie/Alomar)

    When I believed in nothing I called her name
    Trapped in a high-dollar joint in someplace I called her name
    And though my days are slipping by
    And nights so cruel I thought I'd die
    She danced her little dance till it made me cry
    She was shakin' like this honey doing that

    When I needed soul revival I called your name
    When I was falling to pieces I screamed in pain

    Your soothing hand that turned me round
    A love so real swept over me
    You danced your little dance till it make me cry
    You were shakin' like this honey doing that

    Never let me down She never let me down
    Never let me down She never let me down

    When all your faith is failing Call my name
    When you've got nothing coming Call my name

    I'll be strong for all it takes
    I'll cover your head till the bad stuff breaks
    I'll dance my little dance till it makes you smile
    Shaking like this honey doing that

    Never let you down I'll never let you down
    I'll never let you down I'll never let you down

  • 5
    Zeroes

    Yeah Yeah Yeah
    Yeah Yeah

    You've arrived in the land of a thousand different names
    Where the fabulous sons have crashed their planes in flames
    Now tomorrow is back claiming redemption is on your heels
    And a toothless past is asking you how it feels
    And me my little red Corvette has driven by
    My fair weather heart has fallen in
    My rainy day girl is feeling down
    And she tells me that the world is spinning round
    I say the dream was all for you
    You're nobody else
    Tonight the Zeroes were singing for you

    Yeah

    Hi, can I walk you home again today,
    Gotta get forgive and forget hey-hey
    Something good is happening I don't know what it is,
    Don't you know we're back on trial again today?
    And it's breaking wine for you
    Hell it's only 'cause you're true
    Someone outtimed my heart
    Stopping and preaching and letting love in
    You are my moon, you are my sun
    Heaven knows what you are
    Tonight the Zeroes are singing for you

    Yes they were,
    Tonight the Zeroes were singing for you
    Tonight the Zeroes were singing for you

    Doesn't matter what you try to do
    Doesn't matter what you try to do
    Doesn't matter where you try to go
    Doesn't matter who we really are

  • 6
    Glass Spider

    Up until one century ago there lived, in the Zi Duang provence of eastern country
    A glass-like spider
    Having devoured its prey it would drape the skeletons over its web, in weeks creating a macabre shrine of
    remains
    Its web was also unique in that it had many layers,
    like floors of a building

    At the top of this palace-like place, assembled with almost apparent care, were tiny, shining objects,
    glass, beads, dew-drops.
    One could almost call it an altar.
    When the breeze blew thru this construction,
    It produced sounds of wailing, crying.
    Tiny wails, tiny cries.

    The baby spiders would get scared and search frantically for their mother.
    But the Glass Spider would have long gone, having known that the babies
    would survive somehow on their own.
    Oh- The Glass Spider had blue eyes almost like a human's.
    They shed tears at the wintered turn of the centuries.

    Don't you hear this wasted cry, Life is over you
    (Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone)
    But you've seen who's in heaven. Is there anyone in hell?
    (Mummy come back 'cause it's dark now)
    Take care, take care.
    (Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone)
    Somewhere she glows divine. Somewhere she wakes alone.
    But you, you've promise in your lovin' eye. God it's dark now.

    Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah
    Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah

    Gone, Gone the water's all gone
    Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone
    Stay low on the ground. Fire can drive you, savage and afraid
    Spitting on the dawn, come along before the animals awake
    Gone, gone, the water's all gone
    Mummy come back 'cause its dark now
    Run, run, we've been moving all night, rivers to the left.
    If your mother don't love you then the riverbed might
    Gone, gone, the water's all gone
    Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone

    Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah
    Jah Jah Jah Jah Jah

    Gone gone the water's all gone,
    Mummy come back 'cause the water's all gone

  • 7
    Shining Star (Makin' My Love)

    Eddie boy lit like paraffin spending two weeks in a crack house
    Burns on his brain like Chernobyl.

    Dean was seen with a two bag purchase
    He was lying dead on his mother's bed
    Someone to pray for, till I met you

    Life is like a broken arrow, memory a swingin' door
    I could be your great misfortune
    I can make you happy every day of your life
    Makin' my love like a shining star, takin' my love just a touch too far

    Tessie turns tricks with a soul like ice cause love left holes
    And four swell kids breaking her heart
    I've got windows, I've seen much vice, I've touched down with vermin, cowardice, lice

    And I say
    Nobody cares what you do, please be yourself to death
    I could be your great misfortune
    But you'll never find a bet you'll never find a better man.
    Making my love like a shining star
    Taking my love just a touch too far.

    Peter met Frank formed a dummy run gang
    Worked heist or hit for 10 g's flat
    Blew heads outta shape in the name of Trotsky, Sinn-Fein, Hitler cashdown
    No hope heroes cover this page with debts in hell and fingers in blood
    Poor little bodies all covered in scabs threw it all away
    Another life in the grave
    Another life in the grave

    Life is like a broken arrow- memory a swingin' door
    I could be your great misfortune-
    Well I could make you happy every goddamn single day of your life

    Making my love like a shining star
    Like a shining star
    Babe that's what you are
    Like a shining star

    Making my love like a shining star
    Taking my love
    Just a touch too far

  • 8
    New York's In Love

    Do you see that thing
    I'm sure it's love
    Would you do one thing
    New York's in love

    The city grew wings in the back of the night
    The clouds are stuck like candy floss
    She sees the rich trash having all the fun
    Makes her wonder where they get their energy from
    There's nothing you can do to her
    This city's all clean and waiting
    I don't mean to wait too long
    But this joint can't get much higher

    Chorus:
    New York's in love-
    With her big green eyes
    And her long blonde hair
    New York's in flames
    New York's in love
    With the way she talks
    And the way she walks
    New York's in love
    Goo Goo Goo Goo Goo Goo

    My, oh my, it's a tom-tom beat
    No one knows they've had their day
    We can dance and we can see the singles swing
    Everybody's waiting for the Go-Go boys.
    You're turned to stone by the family
    It's how the dead speak to the living
    Nothing left here but a raging blaze
    I don't mean to wait too long

    chorus:
    New York's in love-
    With her big green eyes
    And her long blonde hair
    New York's in flames
    New York's in love
    With the way she talks
    And the way she walks
    New York's in love
    Goo Goo Goo Goo Goo Goo

  • 9
    '87 And Cry

    It's just a one dollar secret
    A lover's secrets in the UK
    Torn apart in the UK
    In the dribble of May-Day
    '87 and Cry
    '87 and Cry
    And there's nothing inside
    And there's nothing in mind
    And only you
    Rocket on thru the sky
    It couldn't be done without dogs
    It couldn't be once without us
    '87 and Cry
    '87 and Cry

    When the days were the days were the days boys
    When blue ties were for the big guys
    Frannie dressing down for the enemy
    You saw him hangin' on the enemy
    And there's no one in love
    And there's nowhere to scream
    And only you
    Race on to wonder where
    It couldn't be done without dogs
    It couldn't be once without us
    '87 and Cry
    '87 and Cry
    You can't make love with money
    You can't make mistakes with babies
    Nothing looked good on you
    That's how I liked you best
    Now you're ready for the real McCoy

    Deep in the heart of Cupid
    Murder on the heels of love
    Just the ghost of a story
    Just a one dollar secret
    Baby these were the sounds
    Baby these were the sounds
    And only you
    Whisper these things aren't true
    It couldn't be done with dogs
    It couldn't be once without us
    '87 and Cry
    '87 and Cry
    etc.

  • 10
    Too Dizzy (Lyrics by Bowie, Music by Bowie and Erdal Kızılçay)

    There's too much talking for a night drive
    Too much mist in front of my eyes
    I'm trying not to lose control
    But you're just pushin' for a fight
    You look trapped, turn the radio on
    Too much smoke, air conditioning gone
    But I'm helpless in love with you
    But you're just looking for a break

    Is it love or is it what
    Who's this guy I'm gonna blow away
    What kind of love is he giving you
    I'm-a-dizzy's what I'm trying to say
    Too Dizzy- You can't have a lover
    Too Dizzy- It's me and no other
    I'm a bad loser -I'm-a-shakin' in anger
    Too dizzy- you can't have no lover

    2nd time: Don't come any harder
    Don't come any closer

    You can go no dreaming every night
    But I'm not letting you out of my sight
    I'm - a ten times the man than any guy around
    But you're just itchin'-twitchin' for a break

    there's too much talking for a night drive
    Too much mist in front of my eyes
    But I'm helpless in love with you
    But you're just lookin' for a break

    Is it love or is it what...

  • 11
    Bang Bang (Pop/Kral)

    Wow this ain't the right thing to do
    so let's go
    Young girls they know what they're after
    Young girls don't kiss me goodbye
    Rockets shooting up into space
    Buildings they rise to the skies

    Bang Bang I got mine
    Bang Bang reach for the sky

    I keep a good friend on video tape
    He'll drive his sports car until it's too late
    But we'll have a hot time on the town tonight
    Cause love is my bet and it's the best yet

    Bang Bang I got mine
    Bang Bang sun don't shine
    Bang Bang you all angels
    Bang Bang now you all ought to be in pictures

    Oh girl
    Oh girl my problems can't follow me
    Phone calls I take my machine
    I wander lonely to the sea
    Lonely- Ha Ha- what does it mean?

    Bang Bang I got mine
    Bang Bang and you are next in line
    Bang Bang reach for the sky
    Bang Bang sun don't shine
    Rise buildings

    Rise to the sky
    Young girls they know what they're after
    I said, young girls don't kiss me goodbye