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Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

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Release date: 
September 01, 1980
Total Tracks: 
10
Label: 
RCA
Design: 
Edward Bell - Illustration/artwork
Brian Duffy - Photography
Producer: 
David Bowie
Tony Visconti

    Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

    • Design Edward Bell - Illustration/artwork
    • Design Brian Duffy - Photography
    Released September 1980
    Label RCA
    Producers David Bowie, Tony Visconti
  • 1
    It's No Game (Part 1)

    Shirneto ya kage ga kakumei o miteiru
    Mo tengoku no giu no kaidan wa nai

    Silhouettes and shadows watch the revolution
    No more free steps to heaven
    It's no game

    Ore genjitsu kara shime dasare
    Nani ga okkote iru ka wakara nai
    Doko ni kyokun wa aruka
    Hitobito wa yabi o orareteiru
    Konna dokusaisha ni igashime rareru nowa kanashi

    I am barred from the event
    I really don't understand the situation
    And it's no game

    Documentaries on refugees
    Couples ‘gainst the target
    Throw the rock against the road
    And it breaks into pieces
    Draw the blinds on yesterday
    And it’s all so much scarier
    Put a bullet in my brain
    And it makes all the papers

    Nammino kiroku eiga
    Hioteki o se ni shita koibi to tach
    Michi ni ishi o nage reba
    Konago na mi kudake
    Kino mi hutao sureba
    Kyohu wa masu
    Ore no atama ni tama o buchi kome ba
    Shinbun wa kaki tateru

    So where's the moral when people have their fingers broken
    To be insulted by these fascists - it's so degrading
    And it's no game

  • 2
    Up The Hill Backwards

    The vacuum created by the arrival of freedom
    And the possibilities it seems to offer
    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it
    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it

    A series of shocks - sneakers fall apart
    Earth keeps on rolling - witnesses falling
    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it
    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it

    Yea, yea, yea - up the hill backwards
    It'll be alright

    While we sleep they go to work
    We're legally crippled it's the death of love
    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it
    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it

    More idols than realities
    I'm OK, you're so-so

    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it
    It's got nothing to do with you, if one can grasp it

    Yea, yea, yea - up the hill backwards
    It'll be alright

  • 3
    Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

    She had a horror of rooms she was tired you can't hide beat
    When I looked in her eyes they were blue but nobody home
    She could've been a killer if she didn't walk the way she do, and she do
    She opened strange doors that we'd never close again

    She began to wail jealousies scream
    Waiting at the lights know what I mean

    Scary monsters, super creeps
    Keep me running, running scared

    She asked me to stay and I stole her room
    She asked for my love and I gave her a dangerous mind
    Now she's stupid in the street and she can't socialize
    Well I love the little girl and I'll love her till the day she dies

    She wails
    Jimmy's guitar sound jealousies scream
    Waiting at the lights know what I mean

    Scary monsters, super creeps
    Keep me running, running scared

  • 4
    Ashes To Ashes

    Do you remember a guy that's been
    In such an early song
    I've heard a rumour from Ground Control
    Oh no don't say it's true
    They got a message from the Action Man
    "I'm happy, hope you're happy too
    I've loved all I've needed love
    Sordid details following"

    The shrieking of nothing is killing
    Just pictures of Jap girls in synthesis
    And I ain't got no money and I ain't got no hair
    But I'm hoping to kick but the planet is glowing

    Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
    We know Major Tom's a junky
    Strung out in heaven's high
    Hitting an all-time low

    Time and again I tell myself
    I'll stay clean tonight
    But the little green wheels are following me
    Oh no, not again
    "I'm stuck with a valuable friend
    I'm happy hope you're happy too"
    One flash of light but no smoking pistol
    I've never done good things
    I've never done bad things
    I never did anything out of the blue
    Want an axe to break the ice
    Want to come down right now

    Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
    We know Major Tom's a junky
    Strung out in heaven's high
    Hitting an all time low

    My mama said to get things done
    You'd better not mess with Major Tom

  • 5
    Fashion

    There's a brand new dance but I don't know its name
    That people from bad homes do again and again
    It's big and it's bland full of tension and fear
    They do it over there but we don't do it here

    Fashion - Turn to the left
    Fashion - Turn to the right
    Oooo fashion
    We are the goon squad and we're coming to town
    Beep-Beep - Beep-Beep

    Listen to me - don't listen to me
    Talk to me - don't talk to me
    Dance with me- don't dance with me, no
    Beep-Beep

    There's a brand new talk but it's not very clear
    That people from good homes are talking this year
    It's loud and it's tasteless I've not heard it before
    You shout it while you're dancing on the - er dance floor

    Fashion - Turn to the left
    Fashion – Turn to the right
    Fashion
    We are the goon squad and we're coming to town
    Beep-Beep - Beep-Beep

    Listen to me - don't listen to me
    Talk to me - don't talk to me
    Dance with me- don't dance with me, no
    Beep-Beep - Beep-Beep

    Oop bop - do do do do do do do do
    Fa fa fa fa - Fashion

  • 6
    Teenage Wildlife

    Well, how come you only want tomorrow
    With its promise of something hard to do
    A real life adventure worth more than pieces of gold
    Blue skies above and sun on your arms strength in your stride
    And hope in those squeaky clean eyes
    You'll get chilly receptions everywhere you go
    Blinded with desire guess the season is on

    So you train by shadow boxing, search for the truth
    But it's all, but it's all used up
    You break open your million dollar weapon
    And push your luck, still you push, still you push your luck
    A broken nosed mogul are you
    One of the new wave boys

    Same old thing in brand new drag
    Comes sweeping into view
    As ugly as a teenage millionaire
    Pretending it's a whiz kid world
    And you'll take me aside, and say
    "Well, David, what shall I do?
    They wait for me in the hallway"
    I'll say "Don't ask me, I don't know any hallways"
    But they move in numbers and they've got me in a corner
    I feel like a group of one, no-no
    They can't do this to me
    I'm not some piece of teenage wildlife

    Those midwives to history put on their bloody robes
    The word is that the hunted one is out there on his own
    You're alone for maybe the last time
    And you breathe for a long time
    Then you howl like a wolf in a trap
    And you dare not look behind
    You fall to the ground like a leaf from a tree
    And look up one time at that vast blue sky
    Scream out aloud as they shoot you down
    No no, I'm not a piece of teenage wildlife
    I'm not a piece of teenage wildlife

    And no one will have seen and no one will confess
    The fingerprints will prove that you couldn't pass the test
    There'll be others on the line filing past, who'll whisper low
    I miss you he had to go
    Well each to his own, he was
    Another piece of teenage wildlife, oh-oh-oh-ohh
    Another piece of teenage wildlife, oh-oh-oh-ohh
    Another piece of teenage wild...
    Wild
    Wild
    Wild

  • 7
    Scream Like A Baby

    Well I wouldn't buy the merchandise
    And I wouldn't fight no war
    And I mixed with other colours
    But the nurse don't care
    And I hide under blankets
    Or did I run away
    I really can't remember
    Last time I saw the light of day

    But I remember Sam because he was like me

    CHORUS
    Scream like a baby
    Sam was a gun
    But I never knew his last name
    And we never had no fun

    Well the came down hard on the faggots
    And they came down hard on the street
    They came down harder on Sam
    And we all knew he was beat
    Thrown into the wagon
    Blindfolded, chains, and they stomped on us
    Took away our clothes and things
    Pumped us full of strange drugs
    And oh I saw Sam falling
    Spitting in their eyes
    But now I lay me down to sleep
    And now I close my eyes
    And I'm learning to be a part of society

    CHORUS

    No athletic program, no discipline, no book
    He just sat in the backseat swearing he'd seek revenge
    But he jumped into the furnace
    Singing old songs we loved

    CHORUS (twice)

  • 8
    Kingdom Come (Verlaine)

    Well I walked in the pouring rain
    And I heard the voice that cries it's all in vain
    The face of doom was shining in my room
    I just need one day somewhere far away
    Lord I just need one day

    Well I'll be breaking these rocks
    And cuttin' this hay
    Yes I'll be breaking these rocks
    It's my price to pay

    The river's so muddy but it may come clear
    And I know too well what's keeping me here
    I'm just the slave of a burning ray
    Give me the night I can't take another sight
    Please give me the night

    Well I'll be breaking these rocks until the Kingdom comes
    And cuttin' this hay until the Kingdom comes
    Yes I'll be breaking these rocks until the Kingdom comes
    It's my price to pay until the Kingdom comes

    The sun keeps beating down the wall's a mile high
    Up in the towers they're watching me hoping I'm gonna die

    But they’ll open these cells when the Kingdom comes
    I won’t be breaking no rocks when the Kingdom comes
    Yes they’ll open these cells when the Kingdom comes
    I won’t hear their talk when the Kingdom comes
    I’m going up for pardon when the Kingdom comes
    Well pardon me when the Kingdom comes

    I won't be breaking no rocks
    I won't be breaking no rocks
    I won't be breaking no rocks
    When the Kingdom comes

  • 9
    Because You're Young

    Psychodelicate girl - come out to play
    Little metal faced boy - don't stay away
    He’s so war torn and resigned - she can't take any more
    What are they trying to prove - what would they like to find

    It's love back to front and no sides - like I say
    These pieces are broken - like I say
    These pieces are broken
    Hope I'm wrong but I know

    Because you're young
    You'll meet a stranger some night
    Because you're young
    What could be nicer for you
    And it makes me sad
    So I'll dance my life away
    A million dreams
    A million scars

    He punishes hard - was loving her such a crime
    She took back everything she said
    Left him nearly out of his mind
    They're people I know- people I love
    They seem so unhappy - dead or alive

    It's love back to front and no sides - like I say
    These pieces are broken - like I say
    These pieces are broken
    hope I'm wrong but I know
    Because you're young
    You'll meet a stranger some night
    Because you're young
    What could be nicer for you
    And it makes me sad
    So I'll dance my life away
    A million dreams
    A million scars

  • 10
    It's No Game (Part 2)

    Silhouettes and shadows watch the revolution
    No more free steps to heaven
    Just walky-talky - heaven or hearth
    Just big heads and drums - full speed and pagan
    Well it's no game

    I am barred from the event
    I really don't understand the situation
    So where's the moral
    People have their fingers broken
    To be insulted by these fascists - it's so degrading
    It's no game

    Documentaries on refugees, couples 'gainst the target
    Throw the rock against the road, and it breaks into pieces
    Draw the blinds on yesterday, and it's all so much scarier
    Put a bullet in my brain, and it makes all the papers

    It's no game

    Children 'round the world, put camel shit on the walls
    Making carpets on treadmills, or garbage sorting

    And it's no game