"Buddha of Suburbia" as written by and David Bowie....
Living in lies by the railway line
Pushing the hair from my eyes
Elvis is English and climbs the hills
Can't tell the bullshit from the lies

Screaming along in South London
Vicious but ready to learn
Sometimes I fear that the whole world is queer
Sometimes but always in vain

So I'll wait until we're sane
Wait until we're blessed and all the same
Full of blood, loving life and all it's got to give
Englishmen going insane

Down on my knees in Suburbia
Down on myself in every way

With great expectations I change all my clothes
Mustn't grumble at silver and gold
Screaming above Central London
Never bored, so I'll never get old

So I'll wait until we're sane
Wait until we're blessed and all the same
Full of blood, loving life and all it's got to give
Englishmen going insane

Down on my knees in suburbia
Down on myself in every way

Day after, day after day, day after
Zane, Zane, Zane, Ouvre le chien
Day after day, day after
Zane, Zane, Zane, Ouvre le chien
Day after




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"Buddha of Suburbia" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentDo you think there is any relation between this song and Green Day's "Jesus of Suburbia" from their American Idiot album???
    phil602on October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI find it interesting that he repeated the "Zane Zane Zane, Ouvre le chien" ("Zane Zane Zane, Open the dog") line from "All the Madmen"
    jimmymikeon January 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere is also that funky riff from Space Oddity.
    Ziggy88on June 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt was written for the 1993 BBC dramatisation of the Hanif Kureishi book of the same name. Not sure if I remember the series, but the book is well worth reading- allegedly the white b/f character is Billy Idol...
    matthewsheffieldon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThanks, jimmy. I agree. I loved it how he brought the 'Zane Zane Zane, Ouvre le chien' part. This series is about this lonely fellow named...Karim... I think. And he's just trying to fit in. Oh, another tidbit. the instrumental 'Ian Fish, U.K. Heir' is an anagram for Hanif Kureshi.
    davidbowiefan1on October 02, 2007   Link

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