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Bowie's most evil song

May 9 2017 at 9:04 AM
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Hi, I just want to say that You Feel So Lonely is Bowie's most diabolical song. Let me state why.

In this song, Bowie plays on a listener's loneliness and the idea that "no one seems to like you" to exhort that listener to suicide:

"Come on and do it now."

There's a real hatred, anger, and despair that comes through on this album. Bowie seems to be railing against reality and his fate:

"First they give you everything that you want/then they take away everything that you have."

I hope that no one will succumb to despair and loneliness and choose suicide.

 
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Sonofsilence
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May 9 2017, 11:37 AM 

It's got to be Shake it... It stinks of corporate filth

 
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JONES THE SINGER
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BOWIE'S MOST EVIL SONG

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May 9 2017, 12:18 PM 

Surely it has to be Please Mr Gravedigger (or possibly We Are Hungry Men) - that still scares the shit out of me even after 50 years!

I'm still not quite sure what it's about - Did the Gravedigger himself kill the little girl or the Devil/Etheral type figure who is narrating the song, do it?

So many songs on David's debut album stirred the senses and not only privided food for thought, as an observation on 1960's life and times, but were also perceptive and still very valid, even more so, in 2017!

Forget yer Sgt. Pepper's, this legendary album released on June 1 1967 wins it for me every time!

 
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Elvis got there first

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May 9 2017, 2:03 PM 

With similar words.

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sam
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May 9 2017, 6:50 PM 

Yes, I have, but no it does not compare to the song in my OP.

 
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May 9 2017, 3:27 PM 

Definitely "The Laughing Gnome"!


Seriously though...most diabolical? How about "Valentine's Day"?

 
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May 11 2017, 7:01 PM 

Wishful beginnings

 
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May 12 2017, 10:31 AM 

We Prick you or Hearts Filthy Lesson would get my vote in fact pretty much anything on outside since you can't get more evel than pumping a child full of interest drugs then killing them in the name of art and exhibiting their entrails in a museam.

 
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May 13 2017, 6:29 AM 

When I saw the subject line, I automatically thought of You Feel So Lonely You Could Die

I know Visconti said it's about Russia or the Cold War but my interpretation is it's about a serial killer.

But whatever it's about, it's a bleedin' masterpiece. It sends shivers down my spine because it's just utterly brilliant.

 
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'You Feel So Lonely You Could Die'....

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May 13 2017, 1:49 PM 

The "you" in this song, I think is himself - or more particularly one of his own characters, for example 'Ziggy Stardust'.

Bowie fans had much faith in Ziggy which is why he says:
You stole their trust, their moon, their sun

This interpretation of the song hit me while watching this pretty amazing fan made video...

https://youtu.be/cb08ggkhB8s


    
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sam
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May 15 2017, 3:06 PM 

I don't think Ziggy hurt his fans THAT much, if at all.

 
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May 15 2017, 3:21 PM 

Wishful Beginnings, definitely.

 
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May 20 2017, 10:16 PM 

Shopping for girls

 
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May 21 2017, 1:48 AM 

Please Mr Gravedigger.
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May 21 2017, 8:14 AM 

shopping for girls...can't wait for the rolph harris version

 
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May 25 2017, 7:58 PM 

Repetition

 
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May 26 2017, 12:07 AM 

Little Bombardier has a dark side to it.

"Two young children had changed his aims
He gave them toffees and played their games
He brought them presents with every coin he made

Then two gentlemen called on him
Asked him for his name
Why was he friends with the children
Were they just a game?

Leave them alone or we'll get sore
We've had blokes like you in the station before
The hand of authority said no more
To the little bombardier"

 
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May 26 2017, 12:25 PM 

I really like that first album. But was the LIttle Bombardier a few
bricks shy of a load, simply making inappropriate friend choices?
I don't think he's a perv... Bowie's singing really seems to back the guy.
It's a perfect little picture drama over law, morals, panic and public
misunderstanding around mental illnesses. I back that poor
Bombadier. And I hope the two gentleman do help bommy get his shit together.
I think Bombadier needs help, but I don't think he's evil.
Great disturbing Bowie lyric and picturesque music score.
Who else would pen & press anything like this? Real unappreciated gems
on that record.

And 'She's Got Medals', that's a fantastic mumber as well.



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sonofsilence
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May 27 2017, 2:39 AM 

Yeah some really strange subjects on that first album. Uncle Arthur being similar, a man child. We are Hungry Men, Cannibalism.

Yeah Little Bombardier probably isn't so pervy but I guess times were a lot more naive back then compared to the context of now.

 
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May 27 2017, 6:07 AM 

I remember first hearing Maid Of Bond Street on Radio 1 directly after the broadcast of Milton Keyes '90. 'Here's one I bet he didn't play tonight' said the DJ. I thought it was great. Still like it a lot.

 
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