"Cracked Actor" as written by and David / Bowie....
I've come on a few years from my Hollywood Highs
The best of the last, the cleanest star they ever had

I'm stiff on my legend,
The films that I made
Forget that I'm fifty
'Cause you just got paid

Crack, baby, crack,
Show me you're real
Smack, baby, smack, is that all that you feel
Suck, baby, suck,
Give me your head
Before you start professing
That you're knocking me dead
Oh, stay, please stay, please stay
You caught yourself a trick down
On Sunset and Vine
But since he pinned you baby
You're a porcupine

You sold me illusions for a sack full of checks
You've made a bad connection 'cause I just want your sex

Crack, baby, crack,
Show me you're real
Smack, baby, smack, is that all that you feel
Suck, baby, suck,
Give me your head
Before you start professing
That you're knocking me dead
Oh, hey,
Uh, stay for a day, oh yeah
Don't you dare
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, yeah


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"Cracked Actor" as written by David Bowie

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  • +3
    General CommentLove this sleazy, dark track from the bowster. Not my fav of his rock n' roll songs tho... that would go to Hang on to yourself. Just my opinion.
    Tricky1979on March 16, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe title may be playing on 'cracked pitcher' a slang term for a sportive deflowered woman, a prostitute.
    laurelinwyntreon March 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgree with all 3 comments so far. The song was written after Bowie had travelled to Los Angeles for the first time and seen the aftermath of Hollywood gone wrong. His observations became this song.
    kymson March 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBonehead XL: I think the washed-out star is trying to subdue a young MALE prostitute with his star power..."give me your head"..."because you just got paid"...I always thought it was about Rock Hudson?!
    I like the "grunge" intro too!!
    hemlockroadon March 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is a fantastic version of this song on the bonus disc of Bowie at the Beeb. Unfortunately if you want to hear it you will have to download the album because I've looked and I've yet to find a copy of this complilation that has the third disc.
    Crocon July 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThanks Croc. I think this is an example of Ziggy going to America, morphing into the Aladdin Sane character. Kind of a pimpish song, to me. I hate to say it, though, but the David Live version is my favorite.
    davidbowiefan1on October 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentC'mon people! This is one of coolest songs ever. I love it.
    I And Ion August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with 'I And I'. I think it's Bowies best rock n' roll song (apart from 'Suffragette City' of course). Lyrically, it comes close to Suffragette City, I think. Only this time the subject is a has been actor who lives a life of decadency.
    Krtskion June 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me think trashy hollywood sleave.
    Cisiteon December 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI adore this song because it reminds me when I first moved to SoCal for college -- picking up my buddy who lived a block from "Sunset and Vine" -- out for a night of vice. I felt like this was one of our theme songs. Despite the trashy glamour of the song, the lyrics seem to actually be from the perspective of an old, sleazy Hollywood talent agent or former Star. An interesting juxtaposition though and the tune just fucking rocks. Bless Bowie!!
    davidbeauyon October 22, 2005   Link

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