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Teenage Wildlife (Song Lyric Sunday)

Teenage Wildlife was track on the Scary Monster album. This was the first Bowie album I bought on release. I’m not sure that I ‘got’ how good this track was until I saw him playing life on The Outside Tour. I had just met my second husband and he offered to go with me to Wembley on the 13th November 1996. I caught the worse cold ever. I was so ill, but nothing was going to stop me going on that very special date!!

I had a BBC recording of the concert that my next door neighbour made for me, which stayed in the car with me for years. Even now, when I put the Outside Album on, I always think there is something not quite right about it.

The song’s original title was “It Happens Everyday”. Producer Tony Visconti said “Instead of singing ‘Not another teenage wildlife’ [Bowie] would sing ‘It happens everyda-a-ay.'” Bowie appeared to take aim squarely at his post-punk artistic godchildren, particularly Gary Numan:

In a 1980 interview, Bowie commented on Numan and his “whiz-kid world”, saying “What Numan did he did excellently but in repetition, in the same information coming over again and again, once you’ve heard one piece…. It’s that false idea of hi-tech society and all that which is… doesn’t exist. I don’t think we’re anywhere near that sort of society. It’s an enormous myth that’s been perpetuated unfortunately, I guess, by readings of what I’ve done in that rock area at least, and in the consumer area television has an awful lot to answer for with its fabrication of the computer-world myth.”

Source: Wikipedia

Well, how come you only want tomorrow
With its promise of something hard to do
A real life adventure worth more than pieces of gold
Blue skies above and sun on your arms strength your stride
And hope in those squeaky clean eyes
You’ll get chilly receptions everywhere you go
Blinded with desire I guess the season is on

So you train by shadow boxing, search for the truth
But it’s all, but it’s all used up
Break open your million dollar weapon
And push your luck, still you push, still you push your luck
A broken nosed mogul are you one of the new wave boys?

Same old thing in brand new drag comes sweeping into view
As ugly as a teenage millionaire pretending it’s a whizz kid world
You’ll take me aside and say
“Well, David, what shall i do? They wait for me in the hallway”
I’ll say “don’t ask me, I don’t know any hallways”
But they move in numbers and the’ve got me in a corner
I feel like a group of one, no no they can’t do this to me
I’m not some piece of teenage wildlife

Those midwives to history put on their bloody robes
The word is that hunted one is not there on his own
And you’re alone for maybe the last time
And your breathe for a long time
Then you howl like a wolf in a trap
And you daren’t look behind

You fall to the ground like a leaf from the tree
And look up one time at that vast blue sky
Scream out aloud as they shoot you down
No no, I’m not a piece of teenage wildlife
I’m not a piece of teenage wildlife

And no one will have seen and no one will confess
The fingerprints will prove that you couldn’t pass the test
There’ll be others on the line filing past, who’ll whisper low
I miss you he really had to go well each to his own, he was
Another piece of teenage wildlife
Another piece of teenage wildlife, another piece of teenage wild


WildSource: Musixmatch

Songwriters: David Bowie

Teenage Wildlife lyrics © Rzo Music Ltd

Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday – This week the theme is songs that feature lyrics of Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon.  Click through for the rules if you, too, would like to join in … 

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