"Somebody Up There Likes Me" as written by and David Bowie....
He's everybody's token, on everybody's wall
Blessing all the papers, thanking one and all
Hugging all the babies, kissing all the ladies
Knowing all that you think about from writing on the wall
He's so divine, his soul shines
Breaks the night, sleep tight
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race
He says, I'm somebody
He's got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart

He says, don't hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) likes me
He's the savage son of the TV tube
Planets wrote the day was due
All the wisest men around
Predicted that a man was found
Who looked a lot like you and me, yeah
Everyone with sense could see
Nothing left his eye unmoved, he
Had the plan, he had to use (somebody)
He's so divine, his soul shines (somebody)
Breaks the night, sleep tight (somebody out there, somebody)
His ever loving face smiles on the whole human race (somebody, somebody, somebody, somebody out there)

He's got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart
He says, don't hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody)
Somebody plays my song in tune
Makes me, makes me, makes me stronger for you, babe
Was a way when we were young, that
Any man was judged by what he'd done
But now you pick them on the screen (what they look like)
Where they've been

He's got his eye on your soul, his hand on your heart

He says, don't hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) likes me
That given time, the leaders go
Tell me, can they hold you under their spell
Can they walk and hold you as well as a
Smile like Valentino?
Could he sell you anything?
Keep your eyes on your soul, keep your hand on your heart

He says, don't hurry, baby
Somebody up there (somebody) likes me
Somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody) (somebody)
Somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody) (somebody)
Somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody somebody)
Somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody) somebody (somebody somebody)

Yeah, can't remember (somebody) peace so well

Oh, space to ramble, (somebody, somebody) space to boogie

Soul shine (Ooh-ooh)
So divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh, somebody)
Soul shine (Ooh-ooh)
So divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh)
Somebody, somebody, somebody

Yeah, can't remember, peace so well
Can't remember peace so well
Can't remember peace so well
Soul shine (Ooh-ooh)
Soul shine
So divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh, somebody)
Soul shine (Ooh-ooh)
So divine
Somebody (ooh-ooh)


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"Somebody Up There Likes Me" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentA obscure song from Young Americans--what great lyrics and fantastic sax by David Sanborn. The thought that there is going to be a leader that deceives is pretty prevalent in Bowies writing. Big Brother, etc. As usual, the lyrics are excellent-- "nothing left his eye unmoved/he had the plan he had to use" that is great commentary about dictators or despots. Classic bowie....
    Motown1on December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always kinda got the impression that this song had something to do with John F. Kennedy- maybe the "Savage son of the TV tube/ Now you pick 'em off the screen" lines, and how a history tracher nce comented that the Kennedy/Nixon election had the first televised debates, and the American populace was suddenly confronted with an image that had more impact than the abstract ideas that were being discussed. it's clearly about politics, and how any agenda can be easily masked by a good media image.

    anyway, it has this awesome tone of a devil sliding into a well loved position bt dint of his selling skills. Keep your eyes on your soul, keep your hand on your heart.
    raukoielon April 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEasily one of the best I've ever heard from Bowie. It should've gone on the Best Of Bowie compilation. Or whatever else there is..
    Charlie the manon June 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbowie's best song, hands down, followed by jump they say & bring me the disco king. THAT - SAX. it melts my very soul.
    thomleydaon May 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe backing "oohs" at the end of the song remind me a lot of the backing vocals Bowie sang on Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" a few years earlier. Very similar style.
    mishyshellyon April 08, 2011   Link

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