"It's No Game (Part 1)" as written by and David Bowie....
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Shiruetto ya kage ga kakumei wo miteiru
Mou tengoku no jiyuu no kaidan wa nai

Silhouettes and shadows watch the revolution
No more free steps to heaven
It's no game

Ore genjitsu kara shimedasare
Nani ga okotteiru no ka wakaranai
Doko ni kyoukun wa aru no ka
Hitobito wa yubi wo orareteiru
Konna dokusaisha ni iyashimerareru no wa kanashii

I am barred from the event
I really don't understand the situation
And it's no game

Documentaries on refugees
Couples 'gainst the target
You throw a rock against the road
And it breaks into pieces
Draw the blinds on yesterday, and it's all so much scarier
Put a bullet in my brain, and it makes all the papers
Shimbun wa kaki tateru sa!

Nanmin no kirokueiga
Hyoyteki wo sei ni shita koibitotachi
Michi ni ishi wo nagereba
Konagona ni kudake
Kino ni futa wo sureba
Kyoufu wa masu
Ore no atama ni tama o buchikomeba
Shinbun wa kakitateru

So where's the moral when people have their fingers broken
To be insulted by these fascists - it's so degrading
And it's no game

Shut up!
Shut up!


Lyrics submitted by saturnine, edited by Escaflowne

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    General Commentthis song scares the shit out of me, i'm not sure why

    don't listen to it late at night in a unfamiliar place while driving
    ejownz6on September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI am going to take a wild guess, the song is probably about the events that are going on in the world (in that period of time), and the fact that those events are not a game.

    But, "It's no Game" (pt. 1 & 2) was originally written in 1970, and it was labled as "Tired of my Life". Though, tired of my life has different lyrics (exept some words during the bridge). Pretty much, "Tired of my life" is about how depressed he is.

    So in the events that are going on, maybe David is just trying to say that "this is not a game, and I'm tired of them too".

    I'm not really sure what I'm talking about lol. But, maybe we'll get a discussion going on now.

    Oh, and one last thing. In the last verse, it's not "There's always tomorrow", it's "So where's the moral".
    Supersix4on September 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot since "Breaking Glass" has Bowie sounded so tormented.
    Bonehead XLon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite Bowie songs, for some reason.

    I find the line, "Put a bullet in my brain, and it makes all the papers" interesting in conjunction with the female singer's use of very masculine Japanese (using "ore" for "I"). It puts me in mind of the scene in Rashomon where a female medium channels the testimony of a dead samurai, suggesting to me that the whole song is being sung from the perspective of a dead person. Her tone of voice also seems supportive of this interpretation. No idea if that effect was intended or not, but it appeals somehow.
    foonlyon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBy the way, I notice a missing lyric: right after Bowie sings, "Put a bullet in my brain, and it makes all the papers," and before the short musical break, the female vocalist shouts, "Shimbun wa kaki tateru sa!"
    foonlyon September 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe Japanese woman is saying exactly the same thing as Bowie.
    notandreon September 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks supersix4, fixed the lyric!
    saturnineon November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis songs a bit like the Olympics
    2nd*manon May 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have no idea what the woman is singing, but the part that bowie sings really gets to me. The whole album scary monsters (and super creeps) is great. And having It's No Game open and close was really cool. I loved the way he made his voice in part 1 sound distorted and painful and gave the lyircs a sense of disgust with the world, while in part 2 he sounded relaxed and almost too comfortable for his lyrics, like he didnt really care about what he was saying anymore. the contrast between the two different ways he sings It's No Game is neat. Part 1 kind of scares me though.
    right2interpreton July 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI would *really* like to know the translation of the Japanese lyrics. Complete with masculine/feminine denotations.

    right2interpret:

    The difference between Pt 1 and Pt 2 is resignation; nothing can be done about the situations. Obviously my opinion, but strongly felt.
    mumajoron December 02, 2009   Link

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