neighborhood threat lyrics – david bowie

down where your paint is cracking
look down you backstairs buddy
somebody’s living there and
he don’t really feel the weather
and he don’t share your pleasures
no he don’t share your pleasures
look at his eyes
did you see his crazy eyes
you’re so surprised he don’t run to catch your ash
everybody always wants to kiss your trash

you can’t help him
n*body can
now that he knows
there’s nothing to get
will you still place your bet
on the neighborhood threat

somewhere a baby’s bleeding
somewhere a mother’s needing
outside a boy is lying
but mostly he is crying
and he just shouts in anger
you’ll find him interesting
look at his eyes
did you see his crazy eyes
you’re so surprised he doesn’t build for you
everybody always wants to run with you

blue jean

blue jean-i just met me a girl named blue jean
blue jean-she got a camouflaged face and no money
remember they always let you down when you need ’em
oh, blue jean-is heaven any sweeter than blue jean
she got a police bike
she got a turned up nose

sometimes i feel like
(oh, the whole human race)
jazzin’ for blue jean
(oh, and when my blue jean’s blue)
blue jean can send me
(oh, somebody send me)
somebody send me
(oh, somebody send me)

one day i’m gonna write a poem in a letter
one day i’m gonna get that faculty together
remember that everybody has to wait in line
blue jean-look out world you know i’ve got mine
she got latin roots
she got everything

tumble and twirl

i’ve seen the city
i took the next flight
for borneo
they say it’s pretty
i like the tee shirts
in borneo
some wear bob marley
others in playboy
or duvalier
make the last plane come
let me rise through the cloudy above
with a book on borneo

strangers come and go
it’s such a waste of time
problems far behind
another day
but even in springtime
it’s a rich slice of life
so send me a letter
i’ll reply with a postcard
that dusky mulatto
in nylons and tattoos
hot juice in c*ke bottles
we dance in the sand
well, they twirl and they tumble

yes, they twirl and they tumble
well, i’ll twirl and i’ll tumble
i’ve been to leon’s
he’s got nine daughters
and a stereo
they say that leon
watches from the tree tops
in borneo
when the road is mud
everything stops with a thud
that’s the way it goes down yonder in borneo
far beneath his mansion
there’s an open drain
sending all the sewage down the hill
but when the general shows movies
no one hesitates
to sneak from the jungle
they laugh and they mumble
enjoying the show
and that dusky mulatto

hot juice in c*ke bottles
in blue jeans and tattoos
well, they twirl and they tumble
yes, they twirl and they tumble
well, i’ll twirl and i’ll tumble

i like the free world
they say it’s pretty
this time of year
they tumble and twirl
they tumble and twirl
i’ll tumble and twirl

they twirl and they tumble
they twirl and they tumble

i like the free world
i like the free world

they say it’s pretty

this time of year
this time of year

i keep forgettin’

i keep forgetting you don’t love me no more
i keep forgetting you don’t want me no more
i keep forgetting that you told me that you
didn’t want me around any more
but these stupid old feet
just head for your street
like they’ve done so many times before
and this stuborn old fist
on the end of my wrist
keeps a knocking on your front door

i keep forgetting you don’t love me no more
i keep forgetting you don’t want me no more
i keep forgetting bout those heartbreaking nights
and those heartbreaking things
that you said
though i know in my heart
we’re drifting apart
i can’t believe that our love is dead
though it’s plain as can be
that you’re finished with me
i just can’t get it through my head

dancing with the big boys

something’s going on in society
(dancing with the big boys)
you chew your fingers and stare at the floor
(dancing with the big boys)
one wrong word and you’re out of sync
talking bout a hands on policy
(big boys)
death to the trees
(dancing with the big boys)
they weren’t bad, they weren’t brave
nothing is embarr*ssing
(dancing with the big boys)
there are too many people, too much belief
(dancing with the big boys)
where there’s trouble there’s poetry
(dancing with the big boys)
your family is a football team
(big boys)
this dot marks your location
(dancing with the big boys)
loneliness in a free society
(dancing with the big boys)
(big boys)
this can be embarr*ssing
(big boys)
(dancing with the big boys)
(big boys)
(big boys)

bonus tracks

this is not america

this is not america, sha la la la la

a little piece of you
the little peace in me
will die [this is not a miracle]
for this is not america

blossom fails to bloom
this season
promise not to stare
too long [this is not america]
for this is not the miracle

there was a time
a storm that blew so pure
for this could be the biggest sky
and i could have
the faintest idea

[for this is not america, sha la la la la, sha la la la la, shala la la la
this is not america, no, this is not, sha la la la la]

snowman melting
from the inside
falcon spirals
to the ground [this could be the biggest sky]
so bl**dy red
tomorrow’s clouds

a little piece of you
the little piece in me
will die [this could be a miracle]
for this is not america

there was a time
a wind that blew so young
for this could be the biggest sky
and i could have the faintest idea

[for this is not america, sha la la la la, sha la la la la, shala la la la
this is not america, no, this is not, sha la la la
this is not america, no, this is not
this is not america, no, this is not, sha la la la]

as the world falls down

there’s such a sad love
deep in your eyes, a kind of pale jewel
open and closed within your eyes
i’ll place the sky within your eyes

there’s such a fooled heart
beating so fast in search of new dreams
a love that will last within your heart
i’ll place the moon within your heart

chorus:
as the pain sweeps through
makes no sense for you
every thrill has gone
wasn’t too much fun at all
but i’ll be there for you-oo-oo
as the world falls down

falling
(as the world) falling down
falling in love

i’ll paint you mornings of gold
i’ll spin you valentine evenings
though we’re strangers till now
we’re choosing the path between the stars
i’ll leave my love between the stars

(chorus)

falling
(as the world) falling down
falling
as the world falls down
falling
falling
falling
falling in love
as the world falls down
(down) falling
falling
falling
falling in love
as the world falls down

falling
falling
falling

makes no sense at all
makes no sense to fall
falling
as the world falls down
falling
falling
falling in love
as the world falls down
(down) falling
falling
falling in love
falling in love (love)
falling in love
falling in love
falling in love

absolute beginners

i’ve nothing much to offer
there’s nothing much to take
i’m an absolute beginner
and i’m absolutely sane
as long as we’re together
the rest can go to h*ll
i absolutely love you
but we’re absolute beginners
with eyes completely open
but nervous all the same

chorus:
if our love song
could fly over mountains
could laugh at the ocean/sail over heartaches second time
just like the films
there’s no reason
to feel all the hard times
to lay down the hard lines
it’s absolutely true

nothing much could happen
nothing we can’t shake
oh we’re absolute beginners
with nothing much at stake
as long as you’re still smiling
there’s nothing more i need
i absolutely love you
but we’re absolute beginners
but if my love is your love
we’re certain to succeed

/ david bowie lyrics