"Kooks" as written by and David Bowie....
Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

We bought a lot of things
To keep you warm and dry
And a funny old crib on which the paint won't dry
I bought you a pair of shoes
A trumpet you can blow
And a book of rules
On what to say to people
When they pick on you
'Cause if you stay with us you're gonna be pretty Kookie too

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

And if you ever have to go to school
Remember how they messed up
This old fool
Don't pick fights with the bullies or the cads
'Cause I'm not much cop at punching other people's Dads
And if the homework brings you down
Then we'll throw it on the fire
And take the car downtown

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

Will you stay in our lovers' story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing


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"Kooks" as written by David Bowie

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  • +4
    General CommentI love this song. Something about Bowie's voice means a smile spreads to my face whenever I hear it.

    To me, it's a sweet song that Bowie wrote after his son was born. He's telling him that he loves him and they're gonna look after him until he gets old enough, at which point he can either leave or stay with 'a couple of kooks' (his parents). He also talks about throwing homework on the fire, telling Zowie not to get too stressed about schoolwork and yeah, I reckon there's a reference to Bowie's eye getting damaged in their somewhere. It's very cute. Just my take on it.
    spacexoddityon June 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentmy dad always sings this 2 me :)
    Nevershotfirston April 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment Yes, the talented, handsome, angel-voiced Mr. B. wrote this for his little boy Zowie. Awwwww. He's telling his son that though he and his wife aren't parents out of a 1950s sitcom repeat, they are good parents with loving hearts and will do right by the boy. A great tune from a gifted and attractive gentleman
    CuteSparkinaon November 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song will be playing, if and when I ever have a family of my own.
    flayerhateron August 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've heard that Bowie wrote this song for his son, Zowie.

    I like it when I'm in a grand mood, but usually it's my second least favourite off Hunky Dory.
    dragonkat72on January 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis makes me think of a care free hippy couple with their priorities straight and good hearts.
    coo2kachooon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe wrote it for his son Zowie, when Zowie was a child. It's just about whether he'll stick around with his parents when he grows up or whether he'll be embarrassed of these 'kooks'.
    niftyrainbowon June 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd if you ever have to go to school
    Remember how they messed up this old fool

    Is this a refrence to Bowie's left eye? I heard someone punched it and that's why it's weird.
    ggaaooon July 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Is this a refrence to Bowie's left eye? I heard someone punched it and that's why it's weird."

    I've heard that marilyn manson wears a different colored contact lens (or something of that nature), because of his love for bowie. and yeah, i heard that he was punched in the eye and that it's like...discolored or screwed up in some way
    bruisevioleton November 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard that he was punched by someone with a ring and that's what messed up his eye
    Duielon January 28, 2006   Link

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