"Something in the Air" as written by Richie Jones, Arnold Michel Roman and Eric Kupper....
Your coat and hat are gone
I really can't look at your little empty shelf
A ragged teddy bear
It feels like we never had a chance
Don't look me in the eye

We lay in each other's arms
But the room is just an empty space
I guess we lived it out
Something in the air
We smile too fast
Then can't think of a thing to say

Lived with the best times
Left with the worst
Danced with you too long
Nothing left to save

Let's take what we can
I know you'll hold your head up high
We've raged for the last time
A place of no return

And there's something in the air
Something in my eye
I've danced with you too long
Yeah
Something in the air
Something in my eye

Abracadoo, I lose you
We can't avoid the clash, the big mistake
Now we're going to pay and pay
The sentence of our lives
Can't believe I'm asking you to go

We used what we could
To get the things we want
But we lost each other on the way
I guess you know I never wanted anyone more than you

Lived all our best times
Left with the worst
I've danced with you too long
Say what you will
There's something in the air

Raged for the last time
But I know you'll hold your head up high
There's nothing we have to say
There's nothing in our eyes

But there's something in the air
Something in my eye
I danced with you too long
There's something I have to say
There's something in the air
Something in my eye

I've danced with you too long
Danced with you too long
Danced with you too long
And there's something in the air
Something in the air


Lyrics submitted by saturnine

"Something in the Air" as written by Reeves Gabrels David Bowie

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., TINTORETTO MUSIC

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  • +1
    General CommentFor no particular reason, I always assumed that this song was about a divorce going bad. Amazing song, though. I love how his voice breaks at the end of the verses. Strange, because this one has been used in at least two films, "American Psycho" and "Memento" which is where I heard it first.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I heard it, I thought it was about Angela Bowie.
    Topchrison October 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are pretty explanatory. He's reflecting on a relationship that's pretty much lost its juice, and has come to a complete standstill. "Something in the air" meaning that there's definitely something different about the relationship although they've kept going for so long, as if two people initially so in love are suddenly strange bedmates.
    rabid_ericaon June 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFollowing the interpretation above, the sentences 'Nothing left to save', 'A place of no return', 'We can't avoid the clash, the big mistake
    Now we're going to pay and pay, The sentence of our lives' and 'We used what we could To get the things we want' gain a different meaning....as if they refer to a bargain with the devil
    guilhermelemmion July 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm... Based on lyrics alone, (this is going to sound so friggin' traditionalist, but oh well...) I'd say the song is about ruining a perfectly good relationship by rushing things through. But it might be just daily wear and tear ruining it too, that happens all the time.
    DNemon February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood interpretation rabid erica. probably i wouldn't have done better. this is one of my favourite songs, and regarding the subject, i think it's the best assignee.
    unf3lde0mon June 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure of why I think this (maybe because Bowie always express occultic themes in his lyrics), but to me the song speaks of the relation between him and another ethereal entity (a demon, if you will)...he danced with it too long (to go back)...and the 'something in the air' express this invisible things that regular men don't know about.
    guilhermelemmion July 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAfter their rupture tears are going through but he says those are not tears, its something in his eye bothering.

    He want to say things but he can't even breathe, there is something in the air, may be a horrible feeling that doesn't let him breathe normally.
    etiennez0ron January 11, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentsurprising nobody commented yet... this song is amazing.
    Ms Voorheeson September 09, 2005   Link

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