"I Would Be Your Slave" as written by and David Bowie....
Walking in the snowy street
Let me understand
Drifting down a silent park
Stumbling over land
Open up your heart to me
Show me who you are
And I would be your slave

Do you sleep in quietude?
Do you walk in peace?
Do you laugh out loud at me?
No one else that is free
Open up your heart to me
Show me all you are
And I would be your slave

I don't sit around and wait
I don't give a damn
I don't see the point at all
No footprints in the sand

I bet you laugh out loud at me
A chance to strike me down
Give me peace of mind at last
Show me all you are
Open up your heart to me
And I would be your slave

I don't sit and wait
I don't give a damn
I don't see the point at all
No footprints in the sand
I would give you all my love
Nothing else is free
Open up your heart to me
And I would be your slave


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"I Would Be Your Slave" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentHavent you ever felt like this? Bowie Knows me so Well.
    BettyWrongon June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSounds like Bowie is talking to God.
    But who is his God. Chirst almighty or Satan?
    If you take a close look at some of his lyrics I'm
    sure you will find the latter.
    meaningmanon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGOD i love david bowie. he is one of those people who get more attractive with age. i would let him have me if he wanted. his wife is so beautiful. i love the way he moves. mmmmmmm.
    NicoleInWonderlandon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentmeaningman you're up to something
    but good or bad..?
    hahaaa
    please no more devil crap. i'm so sick and tired of that stuff

    wake up your funny Satan persona is ..so Passé.
    666 !!!! :^)
    naivadaon August 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgorgeous song. this is what made me pay more attention to bowie and realize some the brilliant music he has made (which werent singles)
    zsaszon September 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe only thing bowie is worshiping in this song, to my understanding and interpretation, is a person (maybe an illusion) that doesn't let herself/himself to be reached in any way. he describes the condition of the pragmatic inhibited man getting as close to love as "i would give you all my love" but "nothing else is free". leaving this strange sentiment unexpressed and with a label.
    unf3lde0mon May 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I heard this song, I thought the line "I don't care for them" was "I don't give a damn."
    TheThornBirdson January 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI just noticed that in Labyrinth, Jareth says "I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave." Could it be that Bowie is reaching back to his past work and this song is about Jareth singing to Sarah? He might have even written it around that time and pulled it up for Heathen.
    ploron March 25, 2012   Link

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