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Golden Years – (Song Lyric Sunday)

I have gone with another Bowie track, with tongue slightly in my cheek, given our current global position – however, there is always room for hope don’t you think?

Musically, “Golden Years” is a funk and disco song. As the lead single of Station to Station, the song is noted as musically different than the rest of its parent album. [To me, it feels like it ought to be a track on Young American’s.]

Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels

According to authors Nicholas Pegg, David Buckley and Christopher Sandford, the track was supposedly written for Elvis Presley, who turned it down. [Not entirely sure I get how that might have sounded] … Bowie recalled that Presley had heard the demos and, because both artists were signed to RCA Records at the time, Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker thought that Bowie should write songs for Presley. Bowie stated that he had “adored” Presley and would have loved to work with him. Although the artists’ office contacted each other, nothing ever came to fruition. Presley sent a note to Bowie saying, “All the best, and have a great tour”; Bowie kept the note for the rest of his life.

Bowie’s first wife Angie Bowie later claimed that the song was written for her, saying that he sang the track over the telephone to her …

Source: Wikipedia

Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Golden years, gold whop whop whop

Don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere
Angel
Come get up, my baby
Look at that sky, life’s begun
Nights are warm and the days are young
Come get up, my baby

There’s my baby, lost that’s all
Once I’m begging you save her little soul
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up, my baby

Last night they loved you
Opening doors and pulling some strings
Angel
Come get up, my baby
In walked luck and you looked in time
Never look back, walk tall, act fine
Come get up, my baby

I’ll stick with you, baby, for a thousand years
Nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years
Gold
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up, my baby

Some of these days, and it won’t be long
Gonna drive back down where you once belonged
In the back of a dream car twenty foot long
Don’t cry, my sweet, don’t break my heart
Doing all right, but you gotta get smart
Wish upon, wish upon, day upon day, I believe, oh Lord
I believe all the way
Come get up, my baby
Run for the shadows, run for the shadows
Run for the shadows in these golden years

There’s my baby, lost that’s all
Once I’m begging you save her little soul
Golden years, gold whop whop whop
Come get up, my baby

Don’t let me hear you say life’s taking you nowhere
Angel
Come get up, my baby
Run for the shadows, run for the shadows
Run for the shadows in these golden years

I’ll stick with you, baby, for a thousand years
Nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years
Gold

Golden years, gold whop whop whop

etc …

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: David Bowie

Golden Years lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management

I found this video quite gorgeous to watch …

Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday Prompt – This week we have the prompts; Songs who’s titles begin with the letters P or G. Click through for the rules if you too would like to join in …

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8 Comments »

  1. I always think of the scene in “A Knight’s Tale” starring Heath Ledger when I hear this song. It is my favorite movie and I find myself dancing like they did in that scene. 🙂

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  2. Oh my word – wasn’t aware of this film – looks like it might be one for next Friday’s film night. Got a feeling it’s my turn this week!!! Thank you so much Lisa 🤣

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