"Joe the Lion" as written by and David Bowie....
Joe the lion
Went to the bar
A couple of drinks on the house an' he said
"Tell you who you are if you nail me to my car"
Boy
Thanks for hesitating
This is the kiss off

Boy
Thanks for hesitating
You'll never know the real story
Just a couple of dreams
You get up and sleep

You can buy god it's Monday
Slither down the greasy pipe
So far so good no one saw you
Hobble over any freeway
You will be like your dreams tonight

You get up and sleep
You get up and sleep
Joe the lion
Made of iron

Joe the lion
Went to the bar
A couple of drinks on the house an' he was
A fortune teller he said
"Nail me to my car and I'll tell you who you are"

Joe the lion, yeah yeah
Went to the bar, yeah yeah
A couple of dreams and he was
A fortune teller he said
"Nail me to my car tell you who you are"

You get up and sleep
The wind blows on your check
The day laughs in your face
Guess you'll buy a gun
You'll buy it secondhand
You'll get up and sleep

Joe the lion made of iron


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"Joe the Lion" as written by David Bowie

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    General Comment"You get up and sleep" sums up this song -- sleeping though life wityhout truly living -- only in his death will he know all. A nice compliment to the previous track, the drug debate "Beauty and The Beast" -- HEROES is definaetly an album about conflict between two ideas that one is dealing with on an epic level. That and disillusionment coupled with seperation brought on my artificial means, like governments (As in Heroes or Secret Life Of ArABIA)
    davidbeauyon October 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGUESS WHY MY NAME IS JOE THE LION
    JoeTheLionon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGUESS WHY MY NAME IS JOE THE LION
    JoeTheLionon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm not a native-english-speaker.
    Can anyone tell what the line "This is the kiss off" means?
    And waht does the line "Joe the lion = Made of iron" mean?
    Does it mean that "Joe is a macho man"?
    kkoichion March 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI eventually found the meaning of the line "nail me to my car", when I saw the performance by the American artist named Chris Burden. See the following photo:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    kkoichion March 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentkkoichi---I think "This is the kiss off" means, "This is goodbye" and yeah... made of iron probably means he's a macho man.
    TheThornBirdson March 15, 2009   Link

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