"Subterraneans" as written by and David Bowie....
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Care-line
Care-line
Care-line
Care-line
Riding these shelly, shelly, shelly umm

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"Subterraneans" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentThe lyrics here are incorrect. "Shelly" should be replaced with "Shirley" as it is in the CD booklet.

    Interestingly enough, "Care-line" might be interpreted as the name "Caroline", whereas "Shirley" might be heard as "surely" a la Airplane!.
    Chocolate Is Yummyon November 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs a philosophy grad the first thing this song makes me think of is Chomsky's linguistic theories. Chomsky argued that the human mind has an inborn faculty of language comprehension that recognizes the underlying structure of language, without requiring the content of a given sentence to be, itself, comprehensible. Chomsky's famous example is the sentence "Colourless green ideas sleep furiously." which, syntactically speaking, is a perfectly acceptable sentence, and is recognized by the mind as such - despite it's being nonsense. I've always wondered if Bowie was aware of this theory and cleverly making art out of science.
    terrykbon June 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentheyyyy i'm a subterranean
    subterranean_summeron June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWonderful saxophone. No idea about the meaning though.
    flavour countryon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPrettiest Bowie song imo.
    blackled222on September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful tune.Dreamy and romantic. I think the vocal sounds like
    Share bright failing star
    Caroline, Caroline, Caroline, Caroline
    Riding there, surely, surely, surely on

    He stands beneath bright stars that are on the verge of dying ("white dwarves," these stars are called)
    Thinking of a lady he loves (Caroline)
    Riding the bus or the tube, having moved on with her life, certainly to be out of his l.
    And he's thinking of how he and his sweetheart, his Caroline, walked and kissed under these bright "white dwarf stars" together, and the poor feller's got the sorrows. Awwwww.

    So, there you go. It's a broken-heart song. It's a song about romantic parting and the sorrow it brings
    CuteSparkinaon October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSorry about the repost. Typo

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    Share bright failing star
    Caroline, Caroline, Caroline, Caroline
    Riding there, surely, surely, surely on

    He stands beneath bright stars that are on the verge of dying ("white dwarves," these stars are called)
    Thinking of a lady he loves (Caroline)
    Riding the bus or the tube, having moved on with her life, certainly out of his.
    And he's thinking of how he and his sweetheart, his Caroline, walked and kissed under these bright "white dwarf stars" together, and the poor feller's got the sorrows. Awwwww.

    So, there you go. It's a broken-heart song. It's a song about romantic parting and the sorrow it brings
    CuteSparkinaon October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe final song of Low, "Subterraneans" was meant to invoke the misery of those in East Berlin during the Cold War. According to Bowie, people who "got caught in East Berlin after the separation - hence the faint jazz saxophones representing the memory of what it was."

    Beautiful song, great album.
    ItsOnlyRckNRollon January 12, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentShoot. Didn't copy enough. Third time's the charm.

    A beautiful tune.Dreamy and romantic. I think the vocal sounds like
    Share bright failing star
    Caroline, Caroline, Caroline, Caroline
    Riding there, surely, surely, surely on

    He stands beneath bright stars that are on the verge of dying ("white dwarves," these stars are called)
    Thinking of a lady he loves (Caroline)
    Riding the bus or the tube, having moved on with her life, certainly out of his.
    And he's thinking of how he and his sweetheart, his Caroline, walked and kissed under these bright "white dwarf stars" together, and the poor feller's got the sorrows. Awwwww.

    So, there you go. It's a broken-heart song. It's a song about romantic parting and the sorrow it brings
    CuteSparkinaon October 03, 2008   Link

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