"Time Will Crawl" as written by and David Bowie....
I've never sailed on a sea
I would not challenge a giant
I could not take on the church
Time will crawl
'Til the 21st century lose

I know a government man
He was as blind as the moon
He saw the sun in the night
He took a top-gun pilot
He made him fly through a hole
'Til he grew real old
And he never came down
He just flew 'til he burst

Time will crawl 'til our mouths run dry
Time will crawl 'til our feet grow small
Time will crawl 'til our tails fall off
Time will crawl 'til the 21st century lose

I saw a black black stream
Full of white eyed fish
And a drowning man
With no eyes at all
I felt a warm warm breeze
That melted metal and steel
I got a bad migraine
That lasted three long years
And the pills that I took
Made my fingers disappear

Time will crawl, time will crawl
Time will crawl
'Til the 21st century lose

You were a talented child
You came to live in our town
We never bothered to scream
When your mask came off
We only smelt the gas
As we lay down to sleep

Time will crawl and our heads bowed down
Time will crawl and our eyes fall out
Time will crawl and the streets run red
Time will crawl 'til the 21st century lose

Time will crawl and our mouths run dry
Time will crawl and our feet grow small
Time will crawl and our tails fall off
Time will crawl 'til the 21st century lose

Time will crawl and our heads bowed down
Time will crawl and our eyes fall out
Time will crawl and the streets run red
Time will crawl 'til the 21st century lose

For the crazy child
We'll give every life
For the crackpot notion


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"Time Will Crawl" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentI think this is about a man imagining the aftermath of nuclear war and life in a postnuclear society and environment
    CuteSparkinaon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion, the absolute best bowie song there is...
    AladdinInsaneon June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs stated by Bowie himself in an interview, it's about Cernobyl disaster:

    "One Saturday afternoon in April 1986, along with some other musicians I was taking a break from recording at Montreux studios in Switzerland. It was a beautiful day and we were outside on a small piece of lawn facing the Alps and the lake.

    Our engineer, who had been listening to the radio, shot out of the studio and shouted: 'There's a whole lot of s*** going on in Russia.'

    The Swiss news had picked up a Norwegian radio station that was screaming - to anyone who would listen - that huge billowing clouds were moving over from the Motherland and they weren't rain clouds. This was the first news in Europe of the satanic Chernobyl.

    I phoned a writer friend in London, but he hadn't heard anything about it. It wasn't for many more hours that the story started trickling out as major news.

    For those first few moments it felt sort of claustrophobic to know you were one of only a few witnesses to something of this magnitude.

    Over the next couple of months a complicated crucible of impressions collected in my head prompted by this insanity, any one of which could have become a song. I stuck them all in Time Will Crawl. That last sentence rhymes."
    Fiddleron August 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it has a lot to do with a post-apocalyptic world, as suggested above, as wellas the natural evolution of mankind, especially the idea that all things eventually degenerate into chaos, including humanity.

    also, the video is rad.
    raukoielon April 13, 2007   Link

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