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Moonage Daydream – (Song Lyric Sunday)

Originally I found a brilliant video of EJ performing Crocodile Rock with the Muppets. Thought it would have been great to share, given our Covid reduced Panto season … sadly it’s been removed from YouTube. Thankfully I had alternative up my sleeve. Have to say it’s not exactly an inferior replacement.

Most of you will have worked out that I am a bit of a fan; and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is iconic.

Mick Ronson’s guitar work was vital to the sound of the Ziggy Stardust album, including this song’s otherworldly sustain-drenched solo. Bowie summed up Ronson’s contributions in David Buckley’s essay in the booklet accompanying the 30th Anniversary 2-CD edition of the album: “A perfect foil and collaborator, Mick’s raw, passionate Jeff Beck-style guitar was perfect for Ziggy and the Spiders. It had such integrity. You believed every note had been wrenched from his soul.”

Bowie continued: “I would also literally draw out on paper with a crayon or felt tip pen the shape of a solo. The one in ‘Moonage Daydream,’ for instance, started as a flat line that became a fat megaphone type shape, and ended as sprays of disassociated and broken lines. I’d read somewhere that Frank Zappa used a series of drawn symbols to explain to his musicians how he wanted the shape of a composition to sound. Mick could take something like that and actually bloody play it, bring it to life.”

Bowie wrote “Moonage Daydream” specifically for fashion designer Fred Burrett, who Bowie met in The Sombrero gay bar and decided to groom for stardom. Burrett, who changed him name to Freddie Burretti, is credited as a vocalist on the song, but whatever contributions he might have made never actually made it onto the track.

Source: Song Facts

Moonage Daydream – Live

I’m an alligator
I’m a mama-papa comin’ for you
I’m the space invader
I’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ bitch for you

Keep your mouth shut
You’re squawking like a pink monkey bird
And I’m bustin’ up my brains for the words

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Don’t fake it baby
Lay the real thing on me
The church of man, love
Is such a holy place to be

Make me baby
Make me know you really care
Make me jump into the air

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oooh!

Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe
Put your ray gun to my head
Press your space face close to mine, love
Freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah!

Freak out
Far out
In out

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Bowie David

Moonage Daydream lyrics © Chrysalis Music Ltd., Tintoretto Music, Chrysalis Music Ltd, Rzo Music Ltd

Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday Prompt – This week we have the prompts; Alligator/Crocodile/Lizard/Snake/Turtle. Click through for the rules if you too would like to join in …

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