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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

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Release date: 
June 01, 1972
Total Tracks: 
11
Label: 
RCA
Design: 
Brian Ward - Photography
Terry Pastor of Main Artery - Colouring
Producer: 
Ken Scott
David Bowie

    The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

    • Design Brian Ward - Photography
    • Design Terry Pastor of Main Artery - Colouring
    Released June 1972
    Label RCA
    Producers Ken Scott, David Bowie
  • 1
    Five Years

    Pushing thru’ the market square
    So many mothers sighing,
    News had just come over,
    We had five years left to cry in.
    News guy wept and told us
    Earth was really dying,
    Cried so much his face was wet
    Then I knew he was not lying.
    I heard telephones, opera house, favourite 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 had not 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 feed of a priest
    And a queer threw up at the sight of that.

    I think I saw you in an ice cream parlour
    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 got five years, stuck on my eyes
    Five years, what a surprise
    Five years, my brain hurts a lot
    Five years, that’s all we’ve got.
    We got five years, what a surprise.
    Five years, stuck on my eyes
    We got five years, my brain hurts a lot
    Five years, that’s all we’ve got.

  • 2
    Soul Love

    Stone love, she kneels before the grave
    A brave son who gave his life to save the slogan
    That hovers between the headstone and her eyes,
    For they penetrate her grieving.

    New love, a boy and girl are talking
    New words, that only they can share in,
    New words, a love so strong it tears their hearts
    To sleep through the fleeing hours of morning.

    Love is careless in its choosing
    Sweeping over cross and baby,
    Love descends on those defenceless
    Idiot love will spark the fusion.
    Inspirations have I none
    Just to touch the flaming dove,
    All I have is my love of love
    And love is not loving.

    Soul love, the priest that tastes the word
    And told of love and how my God on high is all love
    Though reaching up my loneliness evolves
    By the blindness that surrounds him.

    Love is careless in its choosing
    Sweeping over cross and baby,
    Love descends on those defenceless
    Idiot love will spark the fusion.
    Inspirations have I none
    Just to touch the flaming dove,
    All I have is my love of love
    And love is not loving.

  • 3
    Moonage Daydream

    I’m an alligator
    I’m a mama-papa comin’ for you.
    I’m the space invader
    I’ll be a rock n rollin bitch for you.
    Keep your mouth shut
    You’re squawking like a pink monkey bird
    And I’m busting up my brains for the words.

    Keep your electric eye on me babe
    Put your ray gun to my head.
    Press your space face close to mine love,
    Freak out in a moonage daydream,
    Oh! Yeah!

    Don’t fake it baby
    Lay the real thing on me
    The church of Man love
    It’s such a holy place to be.
    Make me baby
    Make me know you really care,
    Make me jump into the air.

    Keep your electric eye on me babe
    Put your ray gun to my head.
    Press your space face close to mine love,
    Freak out in a moonage daydream,
    Oh! Yeah!

    Keep your electric eye on me babe
    Put your ray gun to my head.
    Press your space face close to mine love,
    Freak out in a moonage daydream,
    Oh! Yeah!

    Freak Out!
    Far out!
    In out.

  • 4
    Starman

    Didn’t know what time it was
    The lights were low,
    I leaned back on my radio,
    Some cat was layin’ down some rock n roll,
    Lotta soul, he said.
    Then the loud sound did seem to fade
    Came back like a slow voice
    On a wave of phase,
    That weren’t no DJ,
    That was hazy cosmic jive.

    There’s a starman waiting in the sky
    He’d like to come and meet us
    But he thinks he’ll blow our minds,
    There’s a starman waiting in the sky
    He’s toid us not to blow it
    ‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile.
    He told me,
    ‘Let the children lose it,
    Let the children use it,
    Let all the children boogie.’

    I had to phone someone
    So I picked on you,
    Hey that’s far out so you heard him too!
    Switch on the TV,
    We may pick him up on channel two.
    Look out your window,
    I can see his light
    If we can sparkle he may land tonight,
    Don’t tell your poppa
    Or he’ll get us locked up in fright.
    There’s a starman waiting in the sky
    He’d like to come and meet us
    But he thinks he’ll blow our minds,
    There’s a starman waiting in the sky
    He’s toid us not to blow it
    ‘Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile.
    He told me,
    ‘Let the children lose it,
    Let the children use it,
    Let all the children boogie.’

  • 5
    It Ain't Easy (Davies)

    When you climb to the top of the mountain
    Look out over the sea,
    Think about the places we have
    Where a young man could be.
    Then you jump back down to the rooftops,
    Look out over the town
    Think about all the strange things
    Circulating round.
    It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy,
    It ain’t easy to get your helping
    When you’re going down.
    Well all the people have got their problems
    That ain’t nothing new,
    But with the help of the good Lord
    We can all pull on through
    We can all pull on through.
    Get there in the end.
    Sometimes it’ll take you right up
    And sometimes down again.
    It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy,
    It ain’t easy to get your helping
    When you’re going down.
    Satisfaction, satisfaction,
    Keep me satisfied.
    I got the love of a hoochi-coochi woman,
    She’s calling from inside
    She’s a calling from inside,
    Tryin’ to get to you.
    All the woman really wants,
    You can give her somethin’ too.
    It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy,
    It ain’t easy to get your helping
    When you’re going down.

  • 6
    Lady Stardust

    People stared at the makeup on his face
    Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace
    The boy in the bright blue jeans
    Jumped up on the stage
    And lady stardust sang his songs
    Of darkness and disgrace

    Chorus:
    And he was alright the band was altogether
    Yes he was alright the song went on forever
    And he was awful nice
    Really quite out of sight (second time: really quite paradise)
    And he sang all night long
    Femme fatales emerged from shadows
    To watch this creature fair
    Boys stood upon their chairs
    To make their point of view
    I smiled sadly for a love I could not obey
    Lady stardust sang his songs
    Of darkness and dismay

    Chorus

    Oh how I sighed when they asked if I knew his name

  • 7
    Star

    Tony went to fight in Belfast
    Rudi stayed at home to starve
    I could make it all worthwhile as a rock & roll star
    Bevan tried to change the nation
    Sonny wants to turn the world, well he can tell you that he
    tried
    I could make a transformation as a rock & roll star
    So inviting- so enticing to play the part
    I could play the wild mutation as a rock & roll star
    I could do with the money
    I'm so wiped out with things as they are
    I'd send my photograph to my honey- and I'd c'mon like a
    regular superstar
    I could fall asleep at night as a rock & roll star
    I could fall in love all right as a rock & roll star

  • 8
    Hang On To Yourself

    Well she's a tongue twisting storm, she will come to the show tonight
    Praying to the light machine
    She wants my honey not my money she's a funky-thigh collector
    Layin' on 'lectric dreams

    Chorus:
    So come on, come on, we've really got a good thing going
    Come on, come on, if you think we're gonna make it
    You better hang on to yourself
    We can't dance, we don't talk much, we just ball and play
    But then we move like tigers on vaseline
    The bitter comes out better on a stolen guitar
    You're the blessed, we're the spiders from Mars

    Chorus:
    So come on, come on, we've really got a good thing going
    Come on, come on, if you think we're gonna make it
    You better hang on to yourself

  • 9
    Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and Gilly,
    and the Spiders from Mars. He played it left hand,
    But made it too far,
    Became the special man, then we were Ziggy's band.

    Ziggy really sang, screwed up eyes and screwed down hairdo
    Like some cat from Japan, he could lick 'em by smiling
    He could leave 'em to hang
    Came on so loaded man, well hung and snow white tan
    So where were the Spiders while the fly tried to break our balls
    Just the beer light to guide us,
    So we bitched about his fans and should we crush his sweet hands?

    Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were voodoo
    The kids were just crass, he was the nazz
    With God given ass
    He took it all too far but boy could he play guitar
    Making love with his ego Ziggy sucked up into his mind
    Like a leper messiah
    When the kids had killed the man I had to break up the band

    Oh yeah
    Oooooo
    Ziggy played guitar

  • 10
    Suffragette City

    Hey man oh leave me alone, you know
    Hey man oh Henry, get off the phone I gotta
    Hey man I gotta straighten my face
    This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place
    Hey man schooldays insane
    Hey man my work's down the drain
    Hey man she's total blam-blam
    She said she had to squeeze it but she....then she...

    Chorus:
    Oh don't lean on me man, cause you can't afford the ticket
    I'm back on Suffragette City
    Oh don't lean on me man,
    Cause you ain't got time to check it
    You know my Suffragette City
    Is outta sight...she's all right

    Hey man, ah! Henry, don't be unkind, go away
    Hey man, I can't take you this time, no way
    Hey man, droogie don't crash here
    There's only room for one and here she comes, here she comes

    Chorus:

    Ah, hey man!

    Chorus:

    Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am!

  • 11
    Rock 'N' Roll suicide

    Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth
    You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your
    cigarette
    The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget
    Ohhh, you're a rock'n'roll suicide

    You're too old to lose it, too young to choose it
    And the clock waits so patiently on your song
    You walk past a cafe but you don't eat when you've lived too long
    Oh, no, no, no, you're a rock'n'roll suicide

    Chev brakes are snarling as you stumble across the road
    But day breaks instead so you hurry home
    Don't let the sun blast your shadow
    Don't let the mild floats ride your mind
    You're so natural- religiously unkind
    Oh, no love! you're not alone
    you're watching yourself but you're too unfair
    You got your head all tangled up but if I could only make you care

    Oh no love! you're not alone
    No matter what or who you've been
    No matter when or where you're seen
    All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
    I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
    You're not alone
    Just turn on with me and you're not alone
    Let's turn on and be not alone
    Gimme your hands you're wonderful
    Gimme your hands you're wonderful
    Gimme your hands