"I Have Not Been to Oxford Town" as written by and Eno David Bowie....
Baby Grace is the victim
She was 14 years of age
And the wheels are turning, turning
For the finger points at me

(All's well)
But I have not been to Oxford Town
(All's well)
No I have not been to Oxford Town
Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
(All's well)
20th century dies

And the prison priests are decent
My attorney seems sincere
I fear my days are numbered
Lord get me out of here

(All's well)
But I have not been to Oxford Town
(All's well)
But I have not been to Oxford Town
Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
(All's well)
20th century dies

This is your shadow on my wall
This is my flesh and blood
This is what I could've been

And the wheels are turning and turning
As the 20th century dies
If I had not ripped the fabric
If time had not stood still
If I had not met Ramona
If I'd only paid my bill

(All's well)
But I have not been to Oxford Town
(All's well)
But I have not been to Oxford Town
Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
(All's well)
20th century dies

This is my bunk with two sheets
This is my food though foul
This is what I could have been

Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
(All's well)
20th century dies
Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
(All's well)
20th century dies
(All's well)
20th century dies
(All's well)

All's well, all's well
Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
(All's well)
20th century dies
Toll the bell
Pay the private eye
(All's well)
20th century dies


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"I Have Not Been to Oxford Town" as written by Brian Eno David Bowie

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    General CommentHe has not been to Oxford Town.

    Duh.
    user_lainon February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA slightly modified version of this song was played in Starship Troopers.
    SenatorCWuon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is supposed to be from Leon's point of view. I see it as his attempt at an alibi, the murder of Baby Grace having taken place in Oxford town.

    "And the wheels are turning, turning
    For the finger points at me"

    He's on trial now because the evidence points to him as the killer.

    "And the prison priests are decent
    My attorney seems sincere
    I fear my days are numbered"

    He's already been convicted and he's sitting in prison trying to make the best of things, but wondering if he's going to get the death penalty.

    "If I had not met Ramona"

    Maybe Ramona lead Nathan to Leon.

    "If I'd only paid my bill"

    If he'd paid his bills at the time, he'd have records that he was at home and not in Oxford Town.

    The story goes that Baby Grace Blue was killed on December 31, 1999. Hence "20th century dies"

    Basically I think the song means that Leon can't come up with a decent alibi, and he's screwed. I think it's odd that this sounds and feel upbeat compared to the rest of the album, especially since it seems to be about one of the main characters going to prison.
    Mr. Bewlayon May 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone think it could be a reference to Dylan's Oxford Town... from the song "Oxford Town"...?
    Buddha of Suburbiaon January 04, 2007   Link

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