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The Next Day

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March 11, 2013
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All Songs by David Bowie except where indicated.

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Sony/RCA
Design: 
Barnbrook
Portait of David Bowie on “Heroes” by Sukita.
Inner portait of David Bowie by Jimmy King
Producer: 
David Bowie
Tony Visconti

    The Next Day

    • Design Barnbrook
    • Design Portait of David Bowie on “Heroes” by Sukita.
    • Design Inner portait of David Bowie by Jimmy King
    Released March 2013
    Label Sony/RCA
    Producers David Bowie, Tony Visconti
  • 1
    The Next Day

    Look into my eyes he tells her
    I’m gonna say goodbye he says yea
    Do not cry she begs of him goodbye yea
    All that day she thinks of his love yea

    They whip him through the streets and alleys there
    The gormless and the baying crowd right there
    They can’t get enough of that doomsday song
    They can’t get enough of it all

    Listen

    Listen to the whores he tells her
    He fashions paper sculptures of them
    Then drags them to the river‘s bank in the cart
    Their soggy paper bodies wash ashore in the dark
    And the priest stiff in hate now demanding fun begin
    Of his women dressed as men for the pleasure of that priest

    Here I am
    Not quite dying
    My body left to rot in a hollow tree
    Its branches throwing shadows
    On the gallows for me
    And the next day
    And the next
    And another day

    Ignoring the pain of their particular diseases
    They chase him through the alleys chase him down the steps
    They haul him through the mud and they chant for his death
    And drag him to the feet of the purple headed priest

    First they give you everything that you want
    Then they take back everything that you have
    They live upon their feet and they die upon their knees
    They can work with satan while they dress like the saints
    They know god exists for the devil told them so
    They scream my name aloud down into the well below

    Here I am
    Not quite dying
    My body left to rot in a hollow tree
    Its branches throwing shadows
    On the gallows for me
    And the next day
    And the next
    And another day

  • 2
    Dirty Boys

    Something like Tobacco Road
    Living on a lonely road
    I will pull you out of there
    We will go to Finchley Fair

    I will buy you feather hat
    I will steal a cricket bat
    Smash some windows, make a noise
    We will run with dirty boys

    When the sun goes down
    When the sun goes down and the die is cast
    When the die is cast and you have no choice
    We will run with dirty boys

    We all go mad we all want you
    Me and the boys we all go through
    You’ve got to learn to hold your tongue
    This ain’t the moon this is burnin’ sun

    When the sun goes down
    When the sun goes down and the die is cast
    When the die is cast and you have no choice
    We will run with dirty boys

  • 3
    The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

    Stars are never sleeping
    Dead ones and the living

    We live closer to the earth
    Nearer to the heavens
    The stars are never far away
    Stars are out tonight

    They watch us from behind their shades
    Brigitte, Jack and Kate and Brad
    From behind their tinted window stretch
    Gleaming like blackened sunshine

    Stars are never sleeping
    Dead ones and the living

    Waiting for the first move
    Satyrs and their child wives
    Waiting for the last move
    Soaking up our primitive world

    Stars are never sleeping
    Dead ones and the living

    Their jealousy’s spilling down
    The stars must stick together
    We will never be rid of these stars
    But I hope they live forever

    And they know just what we do
    That we toss and turn at night
    They’re waiting to make their moves
    But the stars are out tonight

    Here they are upon the stairs
    Sexually unaroused
    They are the stars, they’re dying for you
    But I hope they live forever

    They burn you with their radiant smiles
    Trap you with their beautiful eyes
    They’re broke and shamed or drunk or scared
    But I hope they live forever
    Their jealousy’s spilling down
    The stars must stick together
    We will never be rid of these stars
    But I hope they live forever

    And they know just what we do
    That we toss and turn at night
    They’re waiting to make their moves on us
    The stars are out tonight

    The stars are out tonight
    The stars are out tonight

  • 4
    Love Is Lost

    It’s the darkest hour, you’re twenty two
    The voice of youth, the hour of dread
    The darkest hour and your voice is new
    Love is lost, lost is love

    Your country's new
    Your friends are new
    Your house and even your eyes are new
    Your maid is new and your accent too
    But your fear is as old as the world

    Say goodbye to the thrills of life
    Where love was good, no love was bad
    Wave goodbye to the life without pain
    Say hello
    You’re a beautiful girl

    Say hello to the lunatic men
    Tell them your secrets
    They’re like the grave
    Oh, what have you done?
    Oh, what have you done?
    Love is lost, lost is love

    You know so much, it’s making you cry
    You refuse to talk but you think like mad
    You’ve cut out your soul and the face of thought
    Oh, what have you done?
    Oh, what have you done?

  • 5
    Where Are We Now?

    Had to get the train
    From Potsdamer Platz
    You never knew that
    That I could do that
    Just walking the dead

    Sitting in the Dschungel
    On Nürnberger Strasse
    A man lost in time
    Near KaDeWe
    Just walking the dead

    Where are we now, where are we now?
    The moment you know, you know, you know

    Twenty thousand people
    Cross Bösebrücke
    Fingers are crossed
    Just in case
    Walking the dead

    Where are we now, where are we now?
    The moment you know, you know, you know

    As long as there's sun
    As long as there's sun
    As long as there's rain
    As long as there's rain
    As long as there's fire
    As long as there's fire
    As long as there's me
    As long as there's you

  • 6
    Valentine's Day

    Valentine told me who’s to go
    Feelings he’s treasured most of all
    The teachers and the football star
    It’s in his tiny face
    It’s in his scrawny hand
    Valentine told me so
    He’s got something to say
    It’s Valentine’s Day

    The rhythm of the crowd
    Teddy and Judy down
    Valentine sees it all
    He’s got something to say
    It’s Valentine’s Day

    Valentine told me how he’d feel
    If all the world were under his heel
    Or stumbling through the mall
    It’s in his tiny face
    It’s in his scrawny hand
    Valentine knows it all
    He’s got something to say
    It’s Valentine’s Day

    Valentine Valentine
    Valentine Valentine

    It’s in his scrawny hand
    It’s in his icy heart
    It’s happening today
    Valentine Valentine

  • 7
    If You Can See Me

    If you can see me I can see you

    I could wear your new blue shoes
    I should wear your old red dress
    And walk to the crossroads
    So take this knife
    And meet me across the river

    Just shoots and ladders and this is the kiss
    American anna fantasticalsation
    From nowhere to nothing
    And I go way back

    Children swarm like thousands of bugs
    Towards the lights the beacons above the hill
    The stars to the West, the South, the North
    And to the East

    Now you could say I’ve got a gift of sorts
    A fear of rear windows and swinging doors
    A love of violence a dread of sighs
    If you can see me I can see you
    If you can see me I can see you

    I have seen these bairns wave their fists at God
    Swear to destroy the beasts stamping the ground
    In their excitement for tomorrow

    I could wear your new blue shoes
    I should wear your old red dress
    And walk to the crossroads
    So take this knife
    And meet me across the river

    I will take your lands and all that lays beneath
    The dust of cold flowers prison of dark ashes
    I will slaughter your kind who descend from belief
    I am the spirit of greed a lord of theft
    I’ll burn all your books and the problems they make
    If you can see me I can see you
    If you can see me

  • 8
    I'd Rather Be High

    Nabokov is sun-licked now
    Upon the beach at Grunewald
    Brilliant and naked just
    The way that authors look

    Clare and Lady Manners drink
    Until the other cows go home
    Gossip till their lips are bleeding
    Politics and all

    I’d rather be high
    I’d rather be flying
    I’d rather be dead
    Or out of my head
    Than training these guns on those men in the sand
    I’d rather be high

    The Thames was black, the tower dark
    I flew to Cairo, find my regiment
    City’s full of generals
    And generals full of shit

    I stumble to the graveyard and I
    Lay down by my parents, whisper
    Just remember duckies
    Everybody gets got

    I’d rather be high
    I’d rather be flying
    I’d rather be dead
    Or out of my head
    Than training these guns on those men in the sand
    I’d rather be high

    I’m seventeen my looks can prove it
    I’m so afraid that I will lose it
    I’d rather smoke and phone my ex
    Be pleading for some teenage sex,
    Yeah

    I’d rather be high
    I’d rather be flying
    I’d rather be dead
    Or out of my head
    Than training these guns on the men in the sand
    I’d rather be high

  • 9
    Boss of Me (Bowie/Leonard)

    Tell me when you’re sad
    I wanna make it cool again
    I know you’re feeling bad
    Tell me when you’re cool again

    Who’d have ever thought of it
    Who’d have ever dreamed
    That a small town girl like you
    Would be the boss of me

    We fly through the night
    The tears on your lips
    Life has your mind and soul
    It spins on your hips

    Who’d have ever thought of it
    Who’d have ever dreamed

    Who’d have ever thought of it
    Who’d have ever dreamed
    That a small town girl like you
    Would be the boss of me
    Would be the boss of me
    Would be the boss of me

    You look at me and you weep
    For the free blue sky
    I look to the stars
    As they flicker and float in your eyes
    And under these wings of steel
    The small town dies

    Who’d have ever thought of it
    Who’d have ever dreamed

    Who’d have ever thought of it
    Who’d have ever dreamed
    That a small town girl like you
    Would be the boss of me

    Who’d have ever thought of it
    Who’d have ever dreamed
    That a small town girl like you
    Would be the boss of me
    Would be the boss of me
    Would be the boss of me

  • 10
    Dancing Out In Space

    Cutting through the water
    Hands upon the ghost
    To the city of solid iron
    Through the kingdom of the ghost
    Send your friend away now
    Let him sail back home tonight

    Something like religion
    Dancing face to face
    Something like a drowning
    Dancing out in space

    No-one here can see you
    Dancing face to face
    No-one here can beat you
    Dancing out in space

    Silent as Georges Rodenbach
    Mist and silhouette
    Girl, you move like water
    You’ve got stars upon your head
    You’ve got my name and number
    You’ve got to take the floor

    Something like religion
    Dancing face to face
    Something like a drowning
    Dancing out in space

    No-one here can see you
    Dancing face to face
    No-one here can beat you
    Dancing out in space

    Dancing face to face
    Dancing out in space

    Dancing face to face
    Dancing out in space

    Dancing face to face
    Dancing out in space

  • 11
    How Does the Grass Grow (Bowie/Lordan)

    There’s a graveyard by the station
    Where the girls wear nylon skirts and
    Sandals from Hungary
    The boys ride their Riga 1’s
    Upon the little hill
    Such sadness and grief
    The trees die standing

    That’s where we made our trysts
    And struggled with our guns
    Would you still love me
    If the clocks could go backwards
    The girls would fill with blood and
    The grass would be green again
    Remember the dead
    They were so great
    Some of them

    Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya
    How does the grass grow
    Blood blood blood
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Where do the boys lie
    Mud mud mud
    How does the grass grow
    Blood blood blood

    But I lived a blind life
    A white face in prison
    But you made a life out of nothing
    Now I ride my black horse
    I miss you more
    Than you’ll ever ever know
    Waiting with my red eyes
    And my stone heart

    Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya
    How does the grass grow
    Blood blood blood
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Where do the boys lie
    Mud mud mud
    How does the grass grow
    Blood blood blood

    I gaze in defeat
    At the stars in the night
    The light in my life burnt away
    There will be no tomorrow
    Then you sigh in your sleep
    And meaning returns with the day

    Ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Ya ya ya ya ya ya
    Where do the boys lie
    Mud mud mud
    How does the grass grow
    Blood blood blood

  • 12
    (You Will) Set The World On Fire

    Midnight in the Village
    Seeger lights the candles
    From Bitter End to Gaslight
    Baez leaves the stage
    Ochs takes notes
    When the black girl and guitar
    Burn together hot in rage
    You’ve got what it takes

    You say too much

    You will set the world babe
    You will set the world on fire
    I can work the scene babe
    I can see the magazines
    I can hear the nation
    I can hear the nation cry
    You will set the world babe
    You will set the world on fire
    You will set it on fire

    Kennedy would kill
    For the lines that you’ve written
    Van Ronk says to Bobby
    She’s the next real thing
    Crouched in the half light
    Screaming like a banshee
    You’re in the boat, babe
    We’re in the water

    You say too much

    You will set the world babe
    You will set the world on fire
    I can work the scene babe
    I can see the magazines
    I can hear the nation
    I can hear the nation cry
    You will set the world babe
    You will set the world on fire
    You will set it on fire

  • 13
    You Feel So Lonely You Could Die

    No-one ever saw you
    Moving through the dark
    Leaving slips of paper
    Somewhere in the park
    Hidden from your friends
    Stealing all they knew
    Lovers thrown in airless rooms
    Then vile rewards for you

    And I’m gonna tell
    Yes I’ve gotta tell
    Gotta tell the things you’ve said
    When you’re talking in the dark
    And I’m gonna tell the things you’ve done
    When you’re walking through the park

    Some night on the thriller’s street
    Will come the silent gun
    You’ve got a dangerous heart
    You stole their trust, their moon, their sun
    There’ll come assassin’s needle
    On a crowded train
    I’ll bet you feel so lonely
    You could die

    Buildings crammed with people
    Landscape filled with wrath
    Grey concrete city
    Rain has wet the street
    I want to see you clearly
    Before you close the door
    A room of bloody history
    You made sure of that

    I can see you as a corpse
    Hanging from a beam
    I can read you like a book
    I can feel you falling
    I hear you moaning in your room
    Oh see if i care
    Oh please. Please make it soon

    Walls have got you cornered
    You’ve got the blues my friend
    And people don’t like you
    But you will leave without a sound, without an end
    Oblivion shall own you
    Death alone shall love you
    I hope you feel so lonely
    You could die
    You could die
    You feel so lonely
    You could die

  • 14
    Heat

    Then we saw Mishima’s dog
    Trapped between the rocks
    Blocking the waterfall
    The songs of dust
    The world would end
    The night was always falling
    The peacock in the snow

    And I tell myself
    I don’t know who I am
    And I tell myself
    I don’t know who I am
    My father ran the prison
    My father ran the prison

    I can only love you
    By hating him more
    That’s not the truth
    It’s too big a word
    He believed
    That love is theft
    Love and whores
    The theft of love

    And I tell myself
    I don’t know who I am
    And I tell myself
    I don’t know who I am
    My father ran the prison
    My father ran the prison

    But I am a seer
    I am a liar
    I am a seer
    And I am a liar
    My father ran the prison
    My father ran the prison

  • 15
    So She (Bonus Track)

    For the priceless man
    Who suffers gloom
    So slow
    Eyes were stolen
    For her
    A sleeping sky
    Takes the moon
    So slow
    I would slide away

    Further out to sea
    Further out to sea
    So she

    She saw me smile
    Feeling like
    I’d never been
    She saw me smile
    Feeling like I’d never been
    In love
    Feeling like I’d never been
    The only one and all alone

    The only one and all alone

  • 16
    Plan (Bonus Track)

    Instrumental

  • 17
    I'll Take You There (Bonus Track)

    Today, today is the 1st of May
    Everything around us
    Everything a lie
    Your heart’s beating fast
    As we race through the dark
    Past the really good people
    Who do what they’re told

    What will be my name In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
    Who will I become In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there

    Sophie and Lev are running away
    These are the days
    The days of gloom
    Lev can’t smile and Sophie can’t sing
    A mile to the future
    Where tomorrow is king

    What will be my name In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
    Who will I become In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there

    I don’t need to know
    Know where you are
    Only that you are
    Safe in this world
    Then I’ll be content
    To get on with my life
    Eat, drink and sleep
    Look up at the stars

    What will be my name In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
    Who will I become In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there

    What will be my name In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there
    Who will I become In the USA?
    Hold my hand and I’ll take you there