"Teenage Wildlife" as written by and David Bowie....
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    General CommentThe lyrics to Teenage Wildlife were pretty much a cut-and-paste process, something Bowie has been a fan of doing all through his career.

    You basically jumble a shitload of words, and then piece them together in some random order, keeping in mind things like basic grammar and flow.

    There are occasional remarks in here that seem thought out, but mostly this song is really random and there isn't too much to peel back.

    The music and textures used play a far bigger role in defining this song than the lyrics. The lead guitar sections are amazing.
    rabbithowlon July 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is a really metaphorical song, and thanks guys for clearing up some of it. for me, the chorus is just so defiant. he's not just some regular teenage trash caught in the machinery, dammit! i think about this song whenever the world gets me down, haha.
    hallospacegirlon September 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentteenagewildlife webs. has pretty amazing analysis. impressive. and it was mentioned that this song was of an angry bowie which was strange for he always goes out of his way to be charming;, well I say, even angry, he does it in a remarkable charming way, artsy way, poetic way conveyed thorugh lyrics teenage wildlife,. He can only be charming,
    annacondason December 31, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAbout the nasty side of fame - the fear of being hunted. He feels like some sort of wild game being persued.
    "Don't ask me, I don't know any hallways." = I don't know how to handle this any better than you do. The "you" could be some up-and-coming star who will also be treated as a freak.

    I'd love to connect it to the death of John Lennon, except that I'm pretty sure the song was written before then. Who's that guy who keeps insisting that Bowie's some sort of psychic? Take it from here, meaningman.
    Ana Byrdon April 29, 2004   Link
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    General Comment'Same old thing in brand, new drag
    Comes sweeping into view, whoa, hoe, hoe, hoe, hoe, hoe
    As ugly as a teenage millionaire
    Pretending it's a whizz-kid world'

    Rumor has it that Bowie was referring to Gary Numan whom Bowie didn't really like much. Numan was being compared to Bowie at the time of this release.
    MrLongroveon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSounds like Heroes in the beginning
    nagromnaion February 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSounds like Heroes in the beginning
    nagromnaion February 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGenius love.
    annacondason December 31, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMy guess is its about the adverse emotions one can face when its a change of the guard. I think maybe in Bowie's respect , the new music scene coming in and new trends/fashion and people almost render his emotions and feelings irrelevant to themselves such that he he might feel dejected and annoyed with the new wave
    ThinWhitePukeon April 21, 2015   Link

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