"Glitter Years" as written by Michael Susan Steele and David Odle White....
Denny was working it real hard
Down Sunset boulevard
Back in 1973
Why would he bother going home
His parents left him on his own
Who knows
Maybe they were out getting stoned

I don't really know
How we survived the glitter years
What did we do it all for
Do you remember the glitter years

We were the lost and lonely ones
We hid in the discotheques all night long
'Till we could see the morning sun
Denny was king,
he'd rock the place
Dressed like a working girl
from outer space

He was dancing like he wanted to dance
His life away
In December of '74 Denny wrecked
His father's car
Driving home that night he was singing
"You better Hang on to Yourself"

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"Glitter Years" as written by Michael Susan Steele David Odle White

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    General CommentMakes me wonder if this song is about Bowie. Change 'Denny' to 'David' and it makes total sense.
    Bowie wrote a song entitled "Golden Years" and was at the forefront of Glitter(Glam) Rock. During his Ziggy Stardust days...well...he did look like a "working girl from outer space." And the seal to the deal - "Hang on to Yourself" is a great track from the Ziggy album. She even sings it in a similar manner.
    karaokekatieon June 25, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI always imagined this song being about a self-destructive gay guy friend -- charming and flamboyant and reckless, with something like a death wish from feeling unloved by his own family.

    My high-school years were the Turn of the Millennium, not the '70s, but I still had friends coping with their pain in that fashion. I'm glad my Denny lived to find some love and stability.
    SirenAsunderon July 09, 2015   Link

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