"Win" as written by and David Bowie....
(Hey, it ain't over)
Me, I hope that I'm crazy
I feel you driving and you're only the wheel
Slow down, let someone love you
Oh, I've never touched you since I started to feel
If there's nothing to hide me
Then you've never seen me hanging naked and wired
Somebody lied, I say it's hip
To be alive

Now your smile is spreading thin
Seems you're trying not to lose
Since I'm not supposed to win
All you've got to do is win
That's all you gotta do (ooh, it ain't over)

Me, I'm fresh on your pages
Secret thinker sometimes listening aloud
Life lies dumb on its heroes
Wear your wound with honor, make someone proud
Someone like you should not be allowed
To start any fires

Now your smile is spreading thin
Seems you're trying not to lose
Since I'm not supposed to win
All you've got to do is win
That's all you gotta do (ooh, it ain't over)

Now your smile is spreading thin
Seems you're trying not to lose
Since I'm not supposed to win
All you've got to do is win
That's all you gotta do (all you got to do is win)

Now your smile is spreading thin (seek and believe in you)
Seems you're trying not to lose (it ain't over, no no)
Since I'm not supposed to grin (that's all you got to do)
All you've got to do is win (it ain't over, no, oh)
(Seek and believe in you)
All you've got to do is win (it ain't over, no, no)
Woo hooh, all you've got
Is all you've got
(It ain't over)
It ain't over


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"Win" as written by David Bowie

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is Bowie at his sultirest. I adore his Plastic Soul phase. I'm so bummed they didn't release a 30th Anniversary Edition of Young Americans as they did Ziggy, Alladin, and Diamond Dogs.
    davidbeauyon February 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSwoops over you like a warm summers day
    nagromnaion April 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI will try to give a good analysis. This is how the song speaks to me. BTW, some of the lyrics above are wrong, so I have fixed them below.

    "Me, I hope that I'm crazy
    I feel you driving and you're only the wheel"

    The person Bowie loves is in control of the relationship. Bowie feels this, and hopes that he is wrong. But he knows he is not.


    "Slow down, let someone love you
    Ohh, I've never touched you since I started to feel"

    Bowie would like the person that he loves to let themselves love Bowie and accept Bowie's love. Also, they are starting to push Bowie away.


    "If there's nothing to hide me
    Then you've never seen me hanging naked and wired"

    I don't really get this part. I think it's probably him saying that he is completely open to them but they aren't to him.


    "Somebody lied, I say it's hip
    To be alive"

    Perhaps they are also a pessimist.


    "Now your smile is spreading thin
    Seems you're trying not to lose
    Since I'm not supposed to grin
    All you've got to do is win"


    In this "game of love", the person Bowie loves is always focused on not being the one to be heartbroken. Which means they aren't allowing themselves to feel and they're hurting Bowie in the process.


    "Me, I'm fresh on your pages
    Secret thinker sometimes listening aloud"

    Bowie is next in line on the list of their lovers.


    "Life lies dumb on its heroes
    Wear your wound with honor, make someone proud"

    They should get hurt and accept the love and pain. They can only feel love when they allow themselves to completely give themselves up. Surrender.


    "Someone like you should not be allowed
    To start any fires"

    This is my favorite line. A heartbreaker like them should not be allowed to let people love them.


    "Now your smile is spreading thin
    Seems you're trying not to lose
    Since I'm not supposed to grin
    All you've got to do is win"
    nunucthuluon March 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey did actually release a 30th anniversary edition of YA like just recently. I got it! :-D Win is totally about winning of course and it deals with being number 1.
    davidbowiefan1on May 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess I'll take a stab at this one...

    I think it's about sexual negotiation.

    "Since you're trying not to lose
    Since I'm not supposed to grin"

    It's like Bowie knows she's attracted to him, but he can't show it, so he has to slow down, and play the "game" a bit more first.

    "slow down, let someone love you"

    flayerhateron August 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is quite possibly the sexiest I have ever heard Bowie's voice.... ((((shivers))))
    ....slow down....let someone love you......
    ziggytwigon May 03, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think the "slow down, let someone love you" line actually refers to somebody who feels they have to constantly be a winner (who this song is about, in my opinion) to gain approval. He's telling them to slow down and enjoy life.
    ThomYorkeGuyGarvey92on September 13, 2010   Link

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