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I’d Rather Be High - The Words

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on March 10, 2013

“I’m seventeen my looks can prove it”

Actually, the teenage David Jones is only sixteen in this picture, a promotional shot taken in 1963 during a Kon-rads’ photo session with Roy Ainsworth.

OK, so we’re on to I’d Rather Be High, track number eight from The Next Day and the story of a young man who’d prefer to be in the shoes of the teenager pictured here than the ones he’s in.

As we said yesterday, we’ve decided to try and illustrate each set of lyrics with images from the upcoming David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A

 

 

I’d Rather Be High  (David Bowie)
 
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
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    10 March 2013
    I’d Rather Be High - The Words

    “I’m seventeen my looks can prove it”

    Actually, the teenage David Jones is only sixteen in this picture, a promotional shot taken in 1963 during a Kon-rads’ photo session with Roy Ainsworth.

    OK, so we’re on to I’d Rather Be High, track number eight from The Next Day and the story of a young man who’d prefer to be in the shoes of the teenager pictured here than the ones he’s in.

    As we said yesterday, we’ve decided to try and illustrate each set of lyrics with images from the upcoming David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A

     

     

    I’d Rather Be High  (David Bowie)
     
    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