"Watch That Man" as written by and David / Bowie....
Shaky threw a party that lasted all night
Everybody drank a lot of something nice
There was an old fashioned band of married men
Looking up to me for encouragement it was so-so
The ladies looked bad but the music was sad
No one took their eyes off Lorraine
She shimmered and she strolled like a Chicago moll
Her feathers looked better and better it was so-so
Yeah it was time to unfreeze
When the reverend alabaster danced on his knees
Slam so it wasn't a game
Cracking all the mirrors in shame

Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He talks like a jerk but he could eat you with a fork and spoon
Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He walks like a jerk
But he's only taking care of the room
Must be in tune

A Benny Goodman fan painted holes in his hands
So shaky hung him up to dry
The pundits were hoking the manholes were smoking
And every bottle battled with the reason why
The girl on the phone wouldn't leave me alone
A throw back from someone's LP
A lemon in a bag played the tiger rag
And the bodies on the screen stopped bleeding
Yeah I was shaking like a leaf
For I couldn't understand the conversation
Yeah I ran to the street, looking for information

Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He talks like a jerk but he could eat you with a fork and spoon
Watch that man oh honey, watch that man
He walks like a jerk
But he's only taking care of the room
Must be in tune

Watch that man
Watch that man
Watch that man, oh, oh, oh, oh
Watch that man
Watch that man
(Watch that man)
Watch that man
Watch that man
Watch that man
(Watch that man)
(Watch that man)
(Watch that man)
(Watch that man)


Lyrics submitted by saturnine

"Watch That Man" as written by David Bowie

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, TINTORETTO MUSIC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Watch That Man song meanings
Add your thoughts

15 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentA classic example of Bowie's cut & paste method of writing. He would cut up phrases & mix them together
    nagromnaion November 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother classic Bowie track with - disgracefully - no comments. I would like to hear about this song from people more familiar with the Alladin Sane/Thin White Duke era of Bowie...

    Great guitar track, anyway, like an updated version of the guitars on Ziggy Stardust.
    caitsith01on September 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHeavily driven by Mike Garson's piano - wow - what a sound
    nagromnaion January 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone have a clue what all the lyrics are about? "The bodies on the screen stopped bleeding??"
    Teakettleon September 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe version on "David Live" is fantastic too!
    gregorybrianon July 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"Watch That Man" was inspired by a wild New York hotel party during the first US Ziggy tour, and "Vile Bodies" by Evelyn Waugh "; a book Bowie was reading at the time about fickle aristocratic socialites suddenly faced with apocalypse.

    The narrative is told through the eyes of our blase' party participant (Bowie), for whom even the most outrageous stuff is "so-so". Eventually, he begins to realize the rediculousness of his scene, and signs of the impending catastrophe, albeit through hazy, substance induced visions.

    "Shakey" (who is either Bowie, Defries, or some other person in charge, I can't tell...), is making sure everyone is having a good time, and probably coked up (has the shakes, twitchy, etc).

    "Watch that man!" is what people at the party are whispering about Bowie..."He talks like a jerk" (Bowie is known for his aloof, distant manner) "but he could eat you with a fork and spoon" (he IS kind of the mack daddy of the universe...)

    "I was shaking like a leaf" (effects of the coke, and fear of the impending apocalypse), "but I couldn't understand the conversation" (effects of the coke, and final disassociation from the nonsense these shallow people are still concerned with) "I ran to the street, looking for information" (Is this really the end of the world? I'm outta here!)


    Personally, I listen to this song any time before picking up girls, or getting ready to party ;)
    flayerhateron July 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBowie's record company originally wanted him to tone down Ronson's overpowering guitar, but they decided it sounded better the way it was. An extremely underrated song of Bowie's... and it's the lead-off from Aladdin Sane. How can no one remember this song?
    TheUniversalon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGoing back to Caitsith01, this was a superb opening track to Aladdin Sane - as I mentioned, driven by Mike Garson on the keyboards, who was to have an effect on Bowie's music ever since. Before it was Rick Wakeman.
    Mick Ronson was the driving force, musically, in early Bowie stuff, then Earl Slick took over,but did not have the raw effect that Ronson had, although it suited the new style more readily.
    I think people under-estimate Mike Garson's contribution, having re-joined in the last few years, the sound is vety remoniscent of mid-to-late '70's Bowie.
    Or am I talking bollocks 'cause I'm pissed!!!!
    nagromnaion April 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis just has a hip swagger to it while still rocking your socks off. love the use of piano here too. f'n amazing.
    Moses19on September 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment Methinks Mr. Bowie is singing of a wild party where the guests are all slugging down some potent beverages, dancing, getting into fight, and the guys are flirting with attractive women.
    Shakey (who may or may not be The Gentleman himself) gets into a brawl and earns a reputation as a tough guy ("Watch that man! He could eat you with a fork and spoon)
    Lorraine is a glamour-puss woman whose beauty dazzles all the guys at the party.
    The girl on the phone who won't leave Bowie alone could be a fan or some other female enthralled by the enchanting charms of the Thin White Emperor (never mind that he already has his Empress)
    Lemon in a bag -- could be Lennon, not Lemon at all. John L and Yoko did that sitting-in-a-paper-bag thing
    CuteSparkinaon April 01, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain