"Reality" as written by Gary E. Grice, Lamont Hawkins, Dennis David Coles, Robert F. Diggs, Jason Hunter, Russell T. Jones, Clifford Smith, Corey Woods, A. Goodman, Quaran Goodman and Hansford,....
Tragic youth was looking young and sexy
The tragic youth was wearing tattered black jeans
Bearing arms and flaunting all her mischief
The tragic youth was going down on me

And I swear
Woo hoo
Yes I swear

I built a wall of sound to separate us
And hid among the junk of wretched highs
I sped from Planet X to Planet Alpha
Struggling for reality

Ha ha ha ha
Woo hoo
Ha ha ha ha
Whoo hoo

Hey, now my sight is failing in this twilight
Da da da da da da da da da
Now my death is more than just a sad song
Da da da da da da da da da
And I swear
Woo hoo
Yes I swear
Woo hoo

I still don't remember how this happened
I still don't get the wherefores and the whys
I look for sense but I get next to nothing
Hey boy welcome to reality

Ha ha ha ha
Woo hoo

I've been right and I've been wrong
Now I'm back where I started from
Never looked over reality's shoulder

Ha ha ha ha
Huh ha ha ha
Woo hoo

Huh ha ha
Wooh
Woo hoo
Wooh


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"Reality" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentAnother personal reflection.

    "Tragic youth was looking young and sexy
    The tragic youth was wearing tattered black jeans
    Bearing arms and flaunting all her mischief
    Then tragic youth was going down on me"

    This 1st verse sets up the image of youthful innocence. It only sounds like a blowjob from a crazed fan, but it doubles as Bowie talking about himself and his own youthful naievity.


    I build a wall of sound to separate us (rock star status)
    I hid amog the junk of wretched highs (cocaine)
    I sped from planet X to planet Alpha (ziggy to today)
    Struggling for reality (still trying to find himself)
    flayerhateron August 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great song, people who think Bowie is past it are missing out on a great CD with 'Reality.'

    I think in this song Bowie is just talking about reality in a semi-existentialist way, what the f&*k is it basically, how do we know what is real, how do we come to be at the place and time in existence where we are?

    My favourite part is "I've been right and I've been wrong/Now I'm right back where I started from/Never looked over reality's shoulder" - it's like, I've been through all these ups and downs and ins and outs, but I never realised that reality was playing a different game with me the whole time. Or something.

    Anyway, it's a cool song and it rocks like Bowie of old.
    caitsith01on November 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. Bowie has once again proven that he's almost immortal.
    Also, I think ""I've been right and I've been wrong/Now I'm right back where I started from/Never looked over reality's shoulder" refers to him always changing stange personas and attitudes, but never showing who he really was: i.e. messing with reality.
    Child Of Musicon July 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find this song totally about Bowie. This line "Now my death is more than just a sad song" refers to his version of My Death. I see this song as Bowie looking back on his like. Kinda like his "My Way" song.
    pinkmoonon January 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI says to me that the world is not what you think it is and, no matter how much you try, you can't deny reality.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA song about the impossibility of life in the modern age of rampant christian and muslim fundamentaslism. It's not a matter of "whether" they will destroy our planet with nuclear war in the name of 2,000 year old superstitions... just "when" it will happen. Anybody who has children must now consider the probable possibility that their children will not live a full life because of these nutjob a-holes, like Pat Robertson or the authors of the Left Behind books. There WILL be nuclear war... not because it's prophecized (as these idiots would have you believe in their fear-mongering books) but because people believe these books and pastors and will think dropping bombs and torturing "heretics" is fulfilling the prophecy and serving their "god". It's truly tragic. This song is about one sick-n-tired youth who realizes how futile it is to resist these war-mongers.
    TheThornBirdson June 15, 2009   Link

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