"Sweet Thing (Reprise)" as written by and David Bowie....
It's safe in the city, to love in a doorway
To wrangle some screens from the door
And isn't it me, putting pain in a stranger?

Like a portrait in flesh, who trails on a leash
Will you see that I'm scared and I'm lonely?
So I'll break up my room, and yawn and I
Run to the center of things
Where the knowing one says

Boys, boys, its a sweet thing
Boys, boys, its a sweet thing, sweet thing
If you want it, boys, get it here, thing
'Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap

I'm glad that you're older than me
Makes me feel important and free
Does that make you smile, isn't that me?
I'm in your way, and I'll steal every moment

If his trade is a curse, then I'll bless you
And turn to the crossroads, and hamburgers, and...


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"Sweet Thing" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentOdd that I can't see the lyrics for the reprise, only for the part 1... hm. There are much fewer lyrics than I thought...

    The song opens with a tired repetition of the chorus from part 1, without any hope or feeling in it at all. The characters from Sweet Thing and Candidate are disillusioned, seeing the world for what it is without the deception of new love to guide them. "Snow storm" could be a drug reference, as was suggested, but I don't know anything about that... I think the male narrator from the previous two songs is speaking here to his gilrfriend/prostitute, who betrayed him during Candidate (my interpretations of those songs can be found on the pages for those songs), and he asks bitingly if it is "nice" in her "snow storm"- either referring to cold behavior/treatment, or maybe she's taken up drugs and he is scornful. The line "Do you think that your face looks the same?" could be that she is nonchalant about what she's done, or she tried to lie to him about it, but he can see right through her by looking at her face. He doesn't question or pursue her about this, showing resignation instead by saying "Then let it be..." Ultimately he decides he has all he's ever wanted, just by living on the street that has ensnared them both with its "claws." There's no real ending to this trio, unless the story continues into the next songs (which I think it does, it just tells a new story).

    So in all, I think the trio of Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing Reprise is about a man/boy who falls in love with a prostitute, gets involved with politics, has the prostitute/girlfriend cheat on him, and then is resigned to betrayal and deception afterwards.
    EnduringChillon May 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love the way he describes cocaine as a 'snow storm' freezing his brain.
    NewKillerStaron April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think for this look at candidate and sweet thing. A place where there is no rules and limitless possibilities. the three tracks are people enjoying it. I can't take credit for that. This album is very well put together.
    DJgifon June 19, 2009   Link

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