"It Ain't Easy" as written by and Ronny Wayne Davies....
When you climb to the top of the mountain
Look out over the sea
Think about the places perhaps, where a young man could be
Then you jump back down to the rooftops
Look out over the town
Think about all of the strange things circulating round

It ain't easy, it ain't easy
It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down

Well all the people have got their problems
That ain't nothing new
With the help of the good Lord
We can all pull on through
We can all pull on through
Get there in the end
Sometimes it'll take you right up and sometimes down again

It ain't easy, it ain't easy
It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down

Satisfaction, satisfaction
Keep me satisfied
I've got the love of a hoochie koochie woman
She calling from inside
She's a-calling from inside
Trying to get to you
All the woman really wants you can give her something too

It ain't easy, it ain't easy
It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down
It ain't easy, it ain't easy
It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down


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"It Ain't Easy" as written by Ronny Wayne Davies

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    General CommentIn my opinion, the song is just about how it's easier to dream than it is to do something good. "It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down." The beginning is saying when you're looking at the sea (or just in deep thought) you can think about everything possible, but when you look at the town, you just see all of the problems.
    clearlygonemadon October 15, 2004   Link
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    General Commentclearlygonemad pretty much has it right, in my opinion. I think it's Ziggy talking about what a hard time he's going to have meeting his goals. He wants to make a change, and that's fine when he's looking out over everything. But when he jumps back down the rooftops of the world, all he sees are problems. The second verse is his present solution of getting everyone to follow one thing or god towards happiness. The third verse is, perhaps, where he changes his mind? He goes for "satisfaction" through company and love. That last bit I'm not very sure about, but that's the best I have.
    peasantchickon May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs this song a cover song, or was it written for David Bowie? This has to be my least favourite track on ziggy stardust
    scimitar_255on November 05, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I've got the love of a hoochie koochie woman
    She calling from inside"


    "The hoochie coochie was a sexually provocative belly dance term" : from wiki.
    She's a-calling from INSIDE
    Trying to get to you
    All the woman really wants you can give her something too


    I think it's Bowie expressing the feminine component of his bisexualiy and the guilt/ / inner delight associated with a sexually (more so in the 70's) repressive society

    "It ain't easy, it ain't easy
    It ain't easy to get to heaven when you're going down"
    LungilHagfishlon March 10, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIt reminds me of Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Freddy Nietszche - except of course Nietzsche was anti-God
    coo2kachooon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow really scimitar? It's one of my favourite tracks on the album along with starman!
    gimme_dangeron January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWritten by a guy named Ron Davies - been covered by a few other people also
    nagromnaion November 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe "love of a hoochie-coochie woman" that "calling from inside"... this is the same "woman" he invokes in "Sorrow". Starting back with his "Kether to Malkuth" reference in "Quicksand" any reference to a benevolent female is an invocation of the first "station" below the up-most station of Kether in the kabbalistic Tree of Life, aka the Sephiroth/Sefirot which happens to be the feminine principle station of Binah. In "Sorrow" we hear of "long blond hair" that kept him from sleeping, "with your long blond hair I couldn't sleep last night". Now what could metaphorically be liked to "long blond hair"? Streams of sun light. And if Binah is the foremost feminine nourishing agent at the outmost reaches in the universe-totale that is represented by Kether, then the astral Sun is Binahs astronomical habitation. And with all things, "that which is above is also below"... so this series of stations and paths are also inside each of us. "Binah on the inside" is the thing the main character finds at the "top of the mountain"; it is what allows him see all that he sees. As in many of Bowie's songs, he is referencing his own practice of meditation(Kether, top of the mountain) and the mindfulness through exacting these visions in the real world(Malkuth). Binah is special in this respect in that "she" is that "inner light", much like the Sun, that allows us to see the visions of our own thoughts. You may have heard of the "philosopher's stone"... well this is it... the "black sun", the "Starry faced virgin", the "black country rock".
    *****___Absolutely central to understanding any of Bowie's lyrics.___*****
    envelopeon December 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah, "eyes of blue" is the sky of this "woman", as I explained as being Binah, the "womb of all creation", both astronomically and in the interior uni-verse of the mind. The sky as an archetype is positioned as a binary against the earth; the sky being the Subjective with the earth being the Objective. Raphael's painting "The School of Anthens" has Plato and Aristotle standing as figures of this concept. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… The colors each one wears is essentially the team-color of their opponents hand-direction.
    (Red-robe/Hand-up) is a view that the earth creates the Subjective.
    (Blue-robe/Hand-down) is a view that the Mind("sky") creates the understanding of the Objective.

    The Kabbalah and the Tao are both of a similar view in that all is a perpetually cyclically discourse, one creating the other and necessitating that the other stand as the primary for eachother to even exist. I'm not a student in any capacity of philosophy so I'll stop here.
    envelopeon December 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA Ray Davies song, this is a great cover. In a nutshell, this song means 'easier said than done.'
    davidbowiefan1on December 26, 2008   Link

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