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Tin Machine II

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Release date: 
September 02, 1991
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Label: 
London/Victory
Design: 
Reiner Design Consultants, Inc.
Illustration - Edward Bell
Photography - Sally Hershberger
Producer: 
Tin Machine
Tim Palmer

    Tin Machine II

    • Design Reiner Design Consultants, Inc.
    • Design Illustration - Edward Bell
    • Design Photography - Sally Hershberger
    Released September 1991
    Label London/Victory
    Producers Tin Machine, Tim Palmer

    Tin Machine II was the second of Bowie’s albums to suffer from genital removal at the hands of the censors.
    For the American release of the album, the cover was altered to remove the genitalia of the four Kouroi statues. Warning to the faint-hearted, both versions are illustrated here.

  • 1
    Baby Universal (Bowie/Gabrels)

    Now that he has no sense of destination
    Now he's running for the love of speed
    When the child goes bad it's no cause for celebration
    Like Jimmy Dean he don't talk back to me
    Failures as fathers, Mothers to chaos
    No baby, no baby, no baby no
    Hallo humans can you feel me thinking
    I assume you're seeing everything I'm thinking
    Hallo humans nothing starts tomorrow
    I'm the baby now
    Baby Universe, Baby Universe, Baby Universal
    A speck of dust has settled in my eye
    It doesn't matter I've seen everything anyway
    Failures as fathers, Mothers to chaos
    No baby, no baby, no baby no
    Hallo humans can you feel me thinking
    I assume you're seeing everything I'm thinking
    Hallo humans nothing starts tomorrow
    I'm the baby now
    Baby Universe, Baby Universe, Baby Universal

  • 2
    One Shot (Bowie/Gabrels/H. Sales/T. Sales)

    The last days were the meanest
    Leanest days of our lives
    You threw me the pieces
    I started the fire
    One thing led to a dead end
    One shot put her away hey-hey
    Look out on a green world
    Windows and wives
    No bedroom to run to
    No miracle jive - no conversation
    Then nothing meant nothing
    Ten dollars tore us apart
    One thing led to a dead end
    One shot put her away
    Her love is the dearest
    No money can buy
    She burnt like a spitfire
    One shot put her away

  • 3
    You Belong In Rock N' Roll (Bowie/Gabrels)

    Just the twinkling lights of heaven
    Two reflections on the sparkling water
    Hand in hand in love with love uh-huh
    I love the cheap things that you say
    You belong in rock n' roll
    You belong in rock n' roll
    You belong in rock n' roll
    Well so do I
    I love how she moves me
    It makes me feel alright
    I'm a hurt, I'm a hurt, I'm a hurting
    I'm a man with a beat in my pocket
    I'm going down to the rhythm of love
    I love the bad luck that you bring
    You belong in rock n' roll
    You belong in rock n' roll
    You belong in rock n' roll
    Well so do I
    Alone on a mean street
    It makes me feel on fire
    I love the cheap street in your walk
    You belong in rock n' roll
    You belong in rock n' roll
    Well so do I
    I love how she moves me
    It makes me feel alright

  • 4
    If There Is Something (Bryan Ferry)
  • 5
    Amlapura (Bowie/Gabrels)

    Hey hey it's the tall sail
    on a beach reach for Java
    Make way for to Java
    watching for Boogies
    Hey hey it's a dreaming
    I would burn you if you should die
    Hey hey I should burn too
    if you should lie upon that bamboo pyre
    I dream of Amlapura,
    never saw in all my life a more shining jewel
    I dream of Amlapura,
    of an ocean or dream of a princess in stone
    Hey hey, golden roses around
    a rajah's mouth
    Hey hey, all the dead children buried standing
    A flying Dutchman,
    smoking gun and spice wind
    I dream of Amlapura,
    never saw in all my life a more shining jewel
    I dream of Amlapura,
    of an ocean or dream of a princess in stone

  • 6
    Betty Wrong (Bowie/Gabrels)

    Till the sun blisters and sprays
    And every lamb ceases to graze
    When the kiss of the comb
    Tears my face from the bone
    I'll be your light
    When the shadows fall down the wall
    Then life will be done
    And it just won't matter at all
    I was carved from a hand
    Nurtured on grime, good-will and screams
    Now your breath fills my step
    Now there is you till life is gone
    I'll be your light
    When the shadows fall down the wall
    Then life will be done
    And it just won't matter at all
    I'll roll your ball
    Till the stars can't make me cry
    Then life will be done
    And it just won't matter at all
    Not at all
    When the kiss of the comb
    Tears my face
    Betty Wrong

  • 7
    You Can't Talk (Bowie/Gabrels/H. Sales/T. Sales)

    Beauty shrieks "Beast in booties"
    Comin' home so lay the table
    Look at you callin' shots
    Call you over, under out
    I was under, backwards, forwards
    Holding hands in the dark
    Kissing some, kissing cousins
    Kissing this in cover
    Kissing cousins, kissing that
    Over under out
    Over under out
    Over under out
    You can't talk
    You can't see me drowning
    You can't talk
    I don't see you swimming
    You can't talk
    You want go your way
    You can't talk
    I know you don't blow me
    Look at us hearts a-poppin'
    Guess it's over
    Crazy action mine's a breakin'
    Guess it's over (here we go)
    You can't talk
    You can't see me drowning
    You can't talk
    I don't see you swimming
    You can't talk
    You want go your way
    You can't talk
    I know you don't blow me
    Beauty shrieks "Beast in booties"
    Comin' home so lay the table
    Look at you callin' shots
    Call you over, under, out

  • 8
    Stateside (Bowie/H. Sales)

    I'm goin' home I've been gone much too long
    She said she missed me since I've been gone
    I'll be back soon ain't no doubt
    'Cause she said she wanted my lovin' my lovin'
    No holding back I'm going home
    No holding back I'm going home
    I'm going stateside with my convictions
    No holding back I'm going home
    No holding back I'm going home
    I'm going stateside with my convictions
    I said I'm comin' home soon I don't know when
    It'll be sometime soon, sooner than
    I thought I'd be, I thought I'd be
    I thought I'd be stateside sooner than later
    Marilyn inflatables home on the range
    Where the livin' is easy on a horse with no name
    Kennedy convertibles home on the range
    Where the sufferin' comes easy on a blonde with no brain
    I'm goin' stateside
    I'm goin' stateside
    I'm goin' home it's been so long
    She said she missed me and all the fun we've had
    I think it be the best way
    She said she missed me in every way
    No holding back I'm going home
    No holding back I'm going home
    I'm going stateside with my convictions
    I've been gone so long
    I've been gone so long
    I'm missing you
    Marilyn inflatables home on the range
    Where the livin' is easy on a horse with no name
    Kennedy convertibles home on the range
    Where the sufferin' comes easy on a ten dollar raise
    I'm going stateside
    I'm going stateside

  • 9
    Shopping For Girls (Bowie/Gabrels)
  • 10
    A Big Hurt (Bowie)

    To meet her once is to know her through and through
    I know I know
    But it ain't finished till the fat lady sings
    I know I know
    How can I help you?
    You're just a wannabe
    I'm a believer
    You're a sex receiver
    And me with a big hurt
    You know I had a big hurt
    From the very start
    I'm hurtin' so bad
    'Cause you're my roommate from hell
    Got to take some blows on the stepping stone
    Speak in extremes it'll save you time
    You were a saint abroad but a devil at home
    Come on here woo woo and kiss it for me
    To meet her once is to know her through and through
    I know I know
    even a glass eye in a duck's ass can see that
    I know I know
    How can I help you?
    You're just a wannabe
    And me with a big hurt
    You know I had a big hurt
    From the very start
    I'm hurting so bad
    And here come the indians ooo
    Got to take some blows on the stepping stones
    Speak in extremes it'll save you time
    You were a saint aboard but a devil at home
    come on here woo woo and kiss it for me

  • 11
    Sorry (H. Sales)

    Time is tight love always gets in the way
    I'm sorry
    Didn't mean to hurt you but I always do
    I'm sorry, I'm so sorry
    Well my eyes are pinned and my money's spent
    I'm sorry
    I wouldn't do for me what I would do for you
    I'm sorry
    I guess I've thrown it away
    I've thrown it away
    Didn't mean to do it that way
    I'm sorry
    Time is so tight and I mean it if I say
    I'm sorry
    I didn't mean to hurt you
    I'm sorry

  • 12
    Goodbye Mr. Ed (Bowie/H. Sales/T. Sales)

    The ghosts of Manhattoes shrieking as they fall
    from AT&T
    Someone sees it all-Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Andy's skull enshrined in a shopping mall near Queens
    Someone sees it all
    Icarus takes his pratfall Bruegel on his head
    Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Four and twenty black kids, some of them are blind
    someone sees it all
    Tolerance of violence by the fellows with no heads
    Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Some things are so big they make no sense
    Histories so small, people are so dense
    Someone sees it all. Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Some things are so big they make no sense
    Histories so small, people are so dense
    Someone sees it all. Goodbye Mr. Ed
    Never mind the Pistols they laid the Golem eggs
    Others came to hatch them
    Outside the pale. Someone sees it all
    Goodbye Mr. Ed

  • 13
    Hammerhead (unlisted track) (Bowie/H. Sales)