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How Does The Grass Grow? - The Words

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on March 15, 2013

 

“I gaze in defeat”

Today’s lyrics are track number eleven from The Next Day, How Does The Grass Grow? As you know, we’ve illustrated each set of words with something from the upcoming David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. @Victoriaandalbertmuseum

Today is a slight deviation in the shape of last weekend's Sunday Times Magazine in case you missed it.

Entitled Oh! You Pretty Thing, the text is adapted from Theatre of Gender, by Camille Paglia, which is itself taken from the remarkably good value and absolutely beautiful David Bowie is Exhibition catalogue. (Exclusive online offer here)

The article is peppered with some great, if not slightly eerie, backstage shots of the Bowie mannequins in storage.

The online version of the item also has a fascinating video interview with designer Jonathan Barnbrook.

And so on to the words for How Does The Grass Grow? A song which (despite the cheerfulness of the Jerry Lordan inspired ya ya ya's), is pretty harrowing stuff.

 

 

How Does The Grass Grow?  (David Bowie/Jerry 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
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    15 March 2013
    How Does The Grass Grow? - The Words

     

    “I gaze in defeat”

    Today’s lyrics are track number eleven from The Next Day, How Does The Grass Grow? As you know, we’ve illustrated each set of words with something from the upcoming David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. @Victoriaandalbertmuseum

    Today is a slight deviation in the shape of last weekend's Sunday Times Magazine in case you missed it.

    Entitled Oh! You Pretty Thing, the text is adapted from Theatre of Gender, by Camille Paglia, which is itself taken from the remarkably good value and absolutely beautiful David Bowie is Exhibition catalogue. (Exclusive online offer here)

    The article is peppered with some great, if not slightly eerie, backstage shots of the Bowie mannequins in storage.

    The online version of the item also has a fascinating video interview with designer Jonathan Barnbrook.

    And so on to the words for How Does The Grass Grow? A song which (despite the cheerfulness of the Jerry Lordan inspired ya ya ya's), is pretty harrowing stuff.

     

     

    How Does The Grass Grow?  (David Bowie/Jerry 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